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.
15 Nov 2022
Greenscreens.ai has seen its roster of truckload broker customers grow to 70 this year, with previous investor Tiger Global putting another $5 million in the Florida-based software vendor.
14 Nov 2022
Freight volumes are dropping month to month but remain higher than a year ago, buoyed by inventory repositioning and easing supply constraints for manufacturers, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.
10 Nov 2022
The investigation by US authorities into whether Pitts Enterprises evaded duties on chassis may have serious ramifications for the South Carolina Ports Authority, which ordered 11,000 chassis from a Pitts subsidiary to launch its own pool next March.
09 Nov 2022
The aggressive moves by intermodal providers to keep business with lower pricing come after North American domestic intermodal demand fell 10 percent between March and September.
08 Nov 2022
US transportation companies with cash on hand are acquiring asset-based truckers and non-asset freight brokers alike to add services and shipper customers and build network density.
07 Nov 2022
After rising strongly from the third quarter of 2021 through the second quarter of this year, the JOC Truckload Capacity Index dropped slightly last quarter, but demand for equipment is still high.
07 Nov 2022
The acquisition of ReedTMS Logistics not only expands Werner’s brokerage reach, it also delivers shipper customers in the staple food and beverage industries.
04 Nov 2022
US truckload capacity isn’t so much declining as it is shifting, according to data, and that will pose challenges to shippers and carriers trying to access trucks, trailers, and drivers.
04 Nov 2022
For-hire trucking companies added almost 20,000 jobs last month, erasing September’s payroll cut as capacity shifts between trucking sectors.
03 Nov 2022
Two of the United States’ biggest logistics providers say they are focused on controlling costs amid growing concern about the direction of the US economy.
03 Nov 2022
The acquisition of Fastmore Logistics will give Echo Global Logistics more access to international freight forwarders, linking domestic and international cargo networks.
02 Nov 2022
Tonnage began increasing year over year at XPO late in the third quarter and continued to rise in October as the less-than-truckload carrier expands capacity.
02 Nov 2022
Shippers affected by the closure of a free less-than-truckload transportation management system in October have been given a pathway to migrate to another system connected to 15 LTL carriers.
01 Nov 2022
The truckload market is still searching for a single platform that aggregates shipper loads and carrier capacity, a role that investors are backing Chicago-based Newtrul to eventually fill.
01 Nov 2022
Regional stress is running through US truckload markets as demand softens, with price and capacity fluctuations that challenge shippers and carriers.
31 Oct 2022
The JOC Intermodal Savings Index shows intermodal contracts saved shippers a lot of money in the third quarter, but spot rail rates saved very little, especially on short hauls in the eastern US.
28 Oct 2022
Hub Group and Schneider National sidestepped questions about intermodal contracts for 2023, a far different approach than the two companies took a year ago when the pricing power was on their side.
28 Oct 2022
Growing use of equipment pools and power-only trucking support long-term demand for 53-foot trailers that transcends short-term economic trends, manufacturer Wabash says.
27 Oct 2022
Schneider says the peak season will be muted because shippers moved inventory into warehouses earlier this year, but the weaker volumes do not necessarily mean steep rate cuts for shippers in 2023 contracts.
26 Oct 2022
Less demand for its customers’ goods is cutting into tonnage and shipments at Old Dominion Freight Line, but not the company’s revenue or profit.
25 Oct 2022
Freight congestion, now at inland distribution sites such as warehouses and intermodal rail terminals, and on-time delivery continue to be problems for shippers despite falling trucking costs.
24 Oct 2022
More than two years in development, a standard electronic bill of lading for less-than-truckload shipments promises to streamline the flow of data, providing greater visibility to shippers.
24 Oct 2022
US shippers will find LTL savings in 2023, but the biggest savings will go to those who can accurately forecast demand and fit freight to carrier networks, according to BlueGrace Logistics.
20 Oct 2022
US shippers will win transportation savings in 2023 bids, but large truckload carriers haven’t lost all pricing muscle.
19 Oct 2022
J.B. Hunt believes BNSF Railway’s service has improved in recent weeks, which could lead to faster turns of containers and lower costs for shippers; but when that happens is still an open question.
18 Oct 2022
An increase in US manufacturing output is putting more freight in trucks this fall, contributing to an increase in truck tonnage as measured by the American Trucking Association and others.
14 Oct 2022
A series of freight activity indexes, including the Cass Freight Shipments Index and a for-hire trucking ton-mile index, show shipments are still higher than a year ago, despite recession fears.
13 Oct 2022
A weakening freight market and growing investor unease with holding companies designed to take early stage companies public have led Transfix to put a public listing on ice.
12 Oct 2022
LTL costs to shippers rose 0.3 percent in September and were up 15 percent year over year while truckload costs declined more slowly, according to the latest US producer price index.
11 Oct 2022
US shippers should expect more international acquisitions of domestic US trucking operations as logistics companies work to provide more end-to-end services and visibility.
10 Oct 2022
Spot US truckload rates continued to cool through September, but there are early signs that prices are bouncing back in October.
10 Oct 2022
Shippers need to rethink the entire truckload procurement process, not just use technology that marginally decreases costs by relying too much on predictive pricing, according to a trio of procurement technology experts.
07 Oct 2022
Real, unadjusted jobs in trucking dropped by 21,200 in September, an unusually high number, as contract and spot truckload rates declined.
06 Oct 2022
The long recovery from Hurricane Ian will drive up the ratio of Florida inbound and outbound loads, pushing up southbound truckload spot rates while relief supplies flood the state, writes JOC analyst Jason Miller.
05 Oct 2022
Overhaul has joined a growing group of visibility providers aiming to connect real-time shipment data to cargo insurance solutions.