Trucking Logistics

Trucking Logistics

Trucking news and expert analysis of trucking companies across the United States, from trucking industry news about such leading freight carriers as Swift Transportation and Old Dominion Freight Line to smaller regional trucking firms plying various cross-border and domestic routes.

The trucking industry landscape — both for asset and non-asset companies — is being transformed by new customer expectations and an explosion in logistics technology that amounts to a digital revolution. JOC coverage analyzes why and how transportation and logistics providers can either harness that technology or risk falling behind their competitors, unable to meet rising customer demands. For trucking companies and their customers, automating and improving processes also provides greater efficiencies and greater return on their investment.

JOC.com ranks the largest trucking companies each year and also provides rankings of the largest truckload and less-than-truckload carriers.

News & Analysis

28 May 2020
Spot truckload rates are inching up as the reopening of many businesses shifts cargo, and capacity, to the contract market. That’s tightening spot capacity as loads increase.
Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 16, 2014
16 Aug 2014
Diversions related to the ongoing negotiations on the U.S. West Coast between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continue to have an impact elsewhere.
15 Aug 2014
As global demand for refrigerated transport service rises, Ryder Europe is adding more temperature-controlled trailers to its rental fleet in the United Kingdom.
The Cass Freight Index remains up year-over-year.
15 Aug 2014
Although freight volumes and expenditures in the U.S. are beginning to see seasonal drops, numbers still remain higher than last year’s tallies.
The JOC.com Truckload Capacity Index rose slightly in the second quarter, climbing 0.7 percentage points to 81.7.
14 Aug 2014
Some large truckload carriers expanded their fleets in the second quarter, but overall capacity remains tight.
Rising pay
13 Aug 2014
After years of talking about the need to increase chronically low pay to attract and keep more truck drivers, trucking companies are beginning to put money on the table.
Con-way Truckload truck
12 Aug 2014
In a bid to recruit and keep more truck drivers, Con-way Truckload will raise per-mile pay, increase layover pay and offer more incentives to drivers that stay behind the wheel.
12 Aug 2014
Work is starting on implementation of an industry task force’s recommendations on ways to improve performance at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Quick180 website
12 Aug 2014
One of container shipping’s most glaring inefficiencies is the countless unproductive trips by truckers who deliver an import box to an inland destination but return to port with no backhaul. Rick Knapp thinks he has a solution.
11 Aug 2014
Roadrunner Transportation has entered into a definitive deal to acquire Active Aero Group for $115 million.
Weekly wrap-up for August 9, 2014
08 Aug 2014
Troubles in the Pacific Northwest dominated the news this week.
Trucks
07 Aug 2014
Growing optimism about the strength of the U.S. economy, freight demand and their ability to raise rates has more trucking companies thinking expansion. But tight profit margins, rising operating costs and a shortage of truck drivers are likely to check potential growth.
06 Aug 2014
A trailer full of canned corn proved one stolen load too many for a gang of freight thieves that operated throughout the U.S. Midwest. In federal court in Missouri, two of the cargo thieves pleaded guilty to running a cargo theft ring that pulled off the corn heist in West Plains, Missouri.
06 Aug 2014
“Smart mobility” technology aimed at helping truckers avoid lengthy weigh station delays promises cost-saving benefits that could extend up supply chains to shippers.
A Clean Energy Fuels facility.
06 Aug 2014
Clean Energy Fuels is expanding its U.S. natural gas network.
05 Aug 2014
Some U.S. states aren’t waiting for federal rules but are increasing inspection and enforcement actions related to temperature-controlled transport on their own.
05 Aug 2014
Automotive demand, increasingly global in nature, is keeping Universal Truckload Services busy.
ABF Freight System truck
04 Aug 2014
ArcBest’s net profit tripled year-over-year to $17.2 million as revenue rose 14 percent to $658.6 million in the second quarter.
04 Aug 2014
A $668.5 million tunnel that allows drayage trucks to bypass congested downtown streets opened with minimal fanfare yesterday at PortMiami.
Weekly wrap-up for August 2, 2014
02 Aug 2014
Port Metro Vancouver’s penalty system for terminals is cutting truck turn times and drawing attention from other North American ports struggling with drayage challenges. And congestion seen earlier this year at Rotterdam has continued, prompting diversions and surcharges, and the congestion is spreading to other ports in the North Europe range.
01 Aug 2014
At times, there can be such a thing as too much freight. When total shipments per day at YRC Freight rose 4.8 percent in the second quarter, and freight tonnage was up 5.9 percent year-over-year, the increase meant more hiring, more handling and higher operating costs.
The JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index climbed 0.2 percentage points to 97.4 last month.
01 Aug 2014
The JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index rose for the fifth straight month in July, driven by steady improvement in the U.S. economy, stronger industrial output and freight demand.
First Half in Review
01 Aug 2014
The first half of 2014 saw the start of several stories that JOC.com will most likely be covering for the next year and perhaps beyond.
APL Terminal, Global Gateway South, LA
31 Jul 2014
Operations at the APL terminal at the Port of Los Angeles were back to normal this afternoon after several weeks of congestion that frayed the nerves of harbor truckers and tarnished the reputation of a terminal that had been considered a model of efficiency in the industry.
31 Jul 2014
The strength of the 2014 economic recovery isn’t being questioned at Old Dominion Freight Line and Saia, two of the most profitable U.S. less-than-truckload carriers.
DAT dry van and reefer spot rates have fallen for three weeks.
31 Jul 2014
Spot rates have remained high as the trucking industry recovers from a tough winter and works its way through a capacity tightening, but freight rates are starting to trend toward more typical levels.
31 Jul 2014
The strengthening U.S. economy, a second-quarter surge in freight and higher rates boosted revenue and profit at Con-way’s less-than-truckload, logistics and truckload divisions.
31 Jul 2014
Roadrunner Transportation Systems reaped the benefits of an aggressive acquisition strategy in the second quarter, as truckload revenue soared year-over-year. Robust truckload and brokerage revenue helped compensate for weaker growth in less-than-truckload sales.
Truck driver safety check
31 Jul 2014
Over-the-road shippers worried about peak-season capacity this fall need to focus on the front of the truck, not the back. There will be trailers available ready to receive freight, and enough trucks to pull them. What may be missing is the key ingredient in truck capacity: the driver.
30 Jul 2014
More shippers contracting with C.H. Robinson Worldwide shifted loads from railroad to highway in the second quarter after seeing intermodal rail service deteriorate.
30 Jul 2014
XPO Logistics will add more than half a billion dollars in revenue to its top line by acquiring New Breed Logistics for approximately $615 million.
Skyline of Manila
30 Jul 2014
Manila’s choked container port will finally have some relief as sweeper ships arrive to clear the thousands of empty boxes clogging the city terminals.
29 Jul 2014
A long-awaited tunnel linking Miami’s port to the interstate highway system will be open for business at the beginning of next week, after months of delays.
29 Jul 2014
Facing growing port congestion, the Port of Hamburg is implementing a far-reaching plan to better manage truck traffic of containers moving in and out of its terminals.
Port Metro Vancouver
29 Jul 2014
Last winter, congestion at Port Metro Vancouver was so bad that it triggered a month-long strike by hundreds of truck drivers. Four months later, turn times are averaging less than an hour.
Maersk chassis
29 Jul 2014
TRAC Intermodal CEO Keith Lovetro says he’s optimistic a “gray” chassis pool can be created for the Port of New York and New Jersey, but that chassis providers should have a say in how the portwide pool is governed.