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

02 Dec 2022
Hiring expectations fell short across many transportation sectors in November, with real trucking employment dropping while warehousing firms and couriers added workers.
A federal appeals court has upheld most new hours of service rules for truck drivers
02 Aug 2013
A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the majority of new federal hours of service rules, but rejected a 30-minute rest requirement for short-haul drivers, potentially ending a vicious and drawn-out battle between the trucking industry and regulators.
02 Aug 2013
Two years into a reorganization that has sharply reduced net losses and led to operating profit, YRC Worldwide is confident enough to consider its first major public stock offering in years as a means of cutting long-term debt from its books.
02 Aug 2013
The European Union is ratcheting up efforts to boost short-sea shipping with plans for an attack on customs red tape that will allow sea transport to compete with trucks and trains in moving freight among its 28 member states.
Truck
01 Aug 2013
Anthony Foxx, U.S. transportation secretary, has announced a proposal to eliminate a “burdensome” daily paperwork requirement for professional truck drivers...
Flag of Mexico
01 Aug 2013
FreightWatch International, a logistics security services company, reported a total of 295 cargo thefts in Mexico in the second quarter of 2013.
Dispatcher at Container Terminal Services
01 Aug 2013
Two months of operational delays are straining the capacity and finances of drayage operators throughout the Port of New York and New Jersey. Carl Frederick, co-owner of Container Transport Services, said he's never seen anything quite like it.
01 Aug 2013
Contrans reported second quarter 2013 net income of C$8.0 million (about US$7.7 million), sliding 1.2 percent from C$8.1 million in the second quarter of 2012.
Con-way Freight truck
01 Aug 2013
Con-way reported its net income in the second quarter of 2013 was $42.9 million, improving from $41.8 million in the second quarter of 2012.
01 Aug 2013
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., have introduced Senate and House bills to allow local governments to ban high-polluting trucks from ports.
Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, July 31. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
01 Aug 2013
There were 45 40-foot containers available to handle U.S. exports in Denver in the week of July 31, the lowest number of FEUs available since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began collecting this data on July 11, 2012, according to the USDA's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report.
31 Jul 2013
Roadrunner Transportation Systems today reported its net income available to common stockholders in the second quarter of 2013 was $14.0 million, jumping 37.0 percent from $10.2 million in the second quarter of 2012.
Oakland harbor truckers
31 Jul 2013
Port of Oakland executives are stepping up their efforts to reduce the congestion at marine terminals that has made life miserable for harbor truckers during much of July.
31 Jul 2013
CAI International reported its profit in the second quarter of 2013 was $16.9 million, increasing 12 percent from $15.1 million in the second quarter of 2012.
31 Jul 2013
The latest changes to the truck driver hours of service rules are being challenged by a congressman from New York.
truck lines outside NYCT, July 2013
31 Jul 2013
This summer’s delays at the Port of New York and New Jersey have resulted from labor shortages and low productivity at container terminals, not from a shortage of trucking capacity, a leader in the port drayage community said.
31 Jul 2013
The peak shipping season this fall should be uneventful, with only a modest increase in cargo volume, a temporary spike in freight rates and no real shortages of transportation capacity or equipment to disrupt the supply chain, according to industry experts who spoke at a Journal of Commerce webcast Tuesday.
31 Jul 2013
ABF Freight System and the Teamsters union extended their current contract through Aug. 31, as the less-than-truckload carrier and union work on supplemental agreements rejected last month by ABF’s Teamster employees.
Celadon trailer
30 Jul 2013
Celadon Group reported its net income decreased 20.0 percent to $7.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013, ending June 30, 2013, from $9.0 million in the same quarter last year.
JOC Truckload Capacity Index. Source: JOC analyses, company reports
30 Jul 2013
The Journal of Commerce Truckload Capacity Index rose 1.6 points to a reading of 81.3 in the second quarter, its highest reading in a year, as freight demand increased.
30 Jul 2013
Apex Freight Services has acquired Timberline Freight Services, a Colorado-based, full and less-than-truckload transportation company specializing in the movement of temperature-sensitive goods.
30 Jul 2013
Towne Air Freight has ordered 300 new Great Dane trailers, worth $9 million, to increase its fleet and retire older equipment.
30 Jul 2013
Buoyed by stronger confidence in business trends, truckload carriers plan to add capacity — but not too much capacity, according to a second quarter survey.
Landstar logo on a trailer
30 Jul 2013
Landstar System reported its profit in the second quarter of 2013 was $30.4 million, dropping 15.1 percent from $35.9 million in the second quarter of 2012.
30 Jul 2013
TransForce reported its net income in the second quarter of 2013 was C$26.6 million (about US$25.8 million), versus C$34.1 million in the second quarter of 2012.
U.S. diesel prices through July 29, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
30 Jul 2013
U.S. diesel prices increased 1.2 cents in the week of July 29, the fourth straight week of increases, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. During the past four weeks, prices rose 3 percent or 10 cents. Prices were up in all regions of the United States.
Arizona border crossing
29 Jul 2013
A federal court again rejected challenges to the U.S. cross-border trucking program with Mexico, which has seen traffic increase this year but remains small.
29 Jul 2013
Saia, Inc., reported increases in revenue and profit in the second quarter of 2013, even as the tonnage the company handled fell.
Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, July 24. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
26 Jul 2013
For the first time since mid-April, there were no 20-foot containers available for export in Kansas City in the week of July 24. Carrier data used in the report indicates one 20-foot container will be needed this week but there is none available at this location, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report.
25 Jul 2013
With its stock riding high and earnings improving, YRC Worldwide plans to sell up to $350 million in securities to drive down its $1.37 billion debt.
25 Jul 2013
Roadrunner Transportation Systems has acquired all of the outstanding membership interests of Marisol International for $66 million, plus an earn-out capped at $2.5 million.
25 Jul 2013
In the second quarter of 2013, Mullen Group reported it generated net income of C$27.4 million (about US$26.6 million), an increase of $19.4 million or 270.3 percent from $7.2 million in the same quarter last year.
ODFL truck
25 Jul 2013
Old Dominion Freight Line today reported net income in the second quarter of 2013 increased 21.8 percent year-over-year to $58.3 million, compared with $47.8 million in the same period last year.
Swift Transportation truck
25 Jul 2013
Swift Transportation today reported its profit in the second quarter of 2013 was $42.9 million, jumping 27.4 percent from $33.7 million in the same quarter in the previous year.
25 Jul 2013
Knight Transportation reported its net income in the second quarter of 2013 was $18.9 million, sliding 1.8 percent from $19.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.
24 Jul 2013
TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian Freight Index volume slipped 7 percent in June compared with the previous month, continuing the up-and-down results in the first half of the year...