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

15 Nov 2022
The US producer price indexes for long-distance truckload and less-than-truckload took separate routes in October, with LTL pricing essentially unchanged and the truckload index falling.
11 Dec 2014
Spot rates for dry van trucks jumped 5 cents in the week after Thanksgiving, the biggest leap for spot truckload rates since July, as strong freight demand kept trucks rolling toward the holidays.
10 Dec 2014
USA Truck is opening a brokerage office in Jacksonville, Florida and expanding its Chicago presence as shippers seek additional truck capacity.
10 Dec 2014
Labor organizations and retiree advocates are attacking a proposed amendment to the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would let troubled multiemployer pension plans cut benefits to vested retirees.
10 Dec 2014
The likelihood that truck drivers will have different hours of service rules next year is increasing, as Congress wraps language that will change suspend some 2013 HOS changes into its $1 trillion spending bill.
09 Dec 2014
FedEx and UPS have boosted their on-time delivery performance to 91 to 95 percent, compared with 83 to 89 percent a year ago, bolstering hopes for a happier holiday season.
09 Dec 2014
Freight shipments and spending by shippers dropped slightly in November, but remain at a post-recession high point, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.
09 Dec 2014
Starting Dec. 18, U.S. truck drivers in most cases will no longer have to file a report if an inspection of their equipment shows no maintenance issues and safety defects, saving the industry nearly $1.7 billion annually, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
U.S. Capitol building with flag in front.
09 Dec 2014
An amendment that would suspend the current 34-hour restart provision in the truck driver hours of service rules pending further study is buried deep within the omnibus spending bill being crafted by Congress. Will it survive as Congress struggles to pass spending legislation before midnight Dec. 12 to avoid a government shutdown?
08 Dec 2014
Midsize trucking companies are increasingly bullish on the economic outlook and their ability to hire new employees, including drivers, in 2015, according to GE Capital Transportation Services.
08 Dec 2014
Transplace is expanding in Western Canada and Quebec as U.S.-Canada cross-border traffic speeds up, along with the U.S. and Canadian economies.
05 Dec 2014
As consumers raced to stores, spot truck rates rose higher in the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, DAT Solutions reports.
05 Dec 2014
Trucking employment jumped 2.5 percent from a year ago last month, riding the biggest wave of hiring in the U.S. economy in three years and pushing the JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index up to 98.3, the highest reading for the index since late 2007.
05 Dec 2014
The overwhelming majority of shippers surveyed by RBC Capital Markets expect U.S. and Canadian truck pricing to rise up to 6 percent in 2015.
04 Dec 2014
The Teamsters union drive to organize FedEx Freight, the largest U.S. less-than-truckload carrier is hitting a few roadblocks. The union withdrew an election petition at the less-than-truckload carrier’s Nashville, Tennessee, terminal this week.
04 Dec 2014
Landstar System on Wednesday narrowed its fourth quarter revenue forecast to the higher end of a range after seeing strong trucking demand in October and November, the latest sign of a steadily expanding U.S. economy pushing more freight into the arms of motor carriers.
04 Dec 2014
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03 Dec 2014
Net orders for Class 8 trucks in North America topped 40,000 units in November for the second straight month, reflecting motor carriers’ expectations for freight growth in 2015 and broader economic expansion.
03 Dec 2014
The proposed acquisition of truck brokerage Freightquote.com is much more than attempt by C.H. Robinson to gain more business or e-commerce sales; the $365 million deal underscores and perhaps accelerates a major change in the U.S. less-than-truckload market.
YRC Freight truck driver Alphonso Lewis
02 Dec 2014
The U.S. trucking industry is committing to hire 100,000 military veterans over the next two years to fight a shortage of truck drivers as the military begins to reduce the number of active service members.
02 Dec 2014
Port Metro Vancouver is putting the finishing touches on the first drayage program in North America that will seek to balance truck capacity with demand in order to promote profitable operations for motor carriers and a sustainable wage level for drivers.
02 Dec 2014
Manitoulin Global Forwarding, part of one of Canada’s largest freight companies, is strengthening its links to Asian markets and Western Canada base by acquiring Canfleet Logistics of Vancouver, British Columbia, which offers ocean export and logistics services.
02 Dec 2014
The largest U.S. freight broker, $12.8 billion C.H. Robinson Worldwide, is buying one of the largest Internet-based truck freight brokers, Freightquote.com. The $365 million cash deal will open new opportunities for C.H. Robinson in e-commerce and less-than-truckload markets.
01 Dec 2014
Pricing power and advances in technology are spurring innovation in LTL pricing, encouraging carriers to test out dimensional-weight pricing and other alternatives to class-based tariff rates as they seek more dynamic, flexible pricing models.
01 Dec 2014
Plans to raise the minimum insurance coverage U.S. trucking companies must maintain to operate could affect hundreds of thousands of trucking companies, large and small, and their shipper customers.
29 Nov 2014
For the fourth straight week, JOC.com readers were voracious for LA-LB congestion coverage, but as port woes continue, delays on the West Coast are beginning to trickle down the supply chain. Nine of JOC's top 10 stories for the week concerned port congestion, with the exception one story on the Nicaragua canal.
26 Nov 2014
Spot market dry van truck rates in the U.S. rose in the week that ended Nov. 22 and are more than 9 percent higher than in the same week a year ago, DAT Solutions said.
26 Nov 2014
U.S. shippers, especially retailers, are increasingly nervous and frustrated by supply chain delays and higher transport costs linked to West Coast port congestion, and worried about how that congestion will affect the movement of goods to inland distribution points.
26 Nov 2014
U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking and rail volume is poised to increase after Mexican factory export production in October hit a five-year high.
Hong Kong trucks
26 Nov 2014
A combination of manufacturing migrating from China to its Southeast Asian neighbours and improving road infrastructure is set to grow cross-border trade, despite the import and export of containers taking up to three weeks in some countries.
25 Nov 2014
The value of U.S. trade with Mexico and Canada increased by $7.8 billion in September, exceeding $100 billion for the seventh straight month as manufacturing activity and freight shipping in all three North American Free Trade Agreement partners expanded.
25 Nov 2014
Shippers face another round of woes even after their stalled containers move from congested Los Angeles-Long Beach via intermodal rail to Chicago.
24 Nov 2014
Trailer orders in the U.S. hit an all-time high in October, exceeding the earlier mark by nearly 9 percent, FTR Associates says.
24 Nov 2014
Increasing container dwell times are taking a toll at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, further exacerbating congestion at the busiest U.S. port complex.
24 Nov 2014
U.S. shippers dependent on congested ports face a tough year ahead, FTR Associates says. But that doesn't mean 2015 will be easy — or cheap — for anyone shipping freight in the U.S.
24 Nov 2014
The nation’s largest regional less-than-truckload carrier is moving to larger digs.