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

25 Nov 2020
The number of truck drivers at carriers with up to 100 trucks fell by more than 150,000 from July to October, tightening already scarce capacity, according to an analysis of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data.
A truck travels on a highway in the United States.
10 Oct 2018
Transplace CEO Frank McGuigan sees more rate hikes but also more lane-specific ‘minibids’ ahead, and he urges shippers to work together and deploy this new tactic to unlock capacity.
Containers stacked at a port.
10 Oct 2018
On Tuesday evening, the owners of trucks called off their strike after a meeting with government officials. The officials said they would communicate the strikers' concerns to the prime minster about a new law's traffic liability provisions.
A UPS truck in New York City, New York, United States.
09 Oct 2018
For shippers, the results of the latest vote on a Teamsters union contract at UPS were nothing if not confusing. But don’t panic. There’s little chance the wheels will stop turning at UPS or UPS Freight.
A UPS truck being loaded in California, United States.
09 Oct 2018
During the past several years, the less-than-truckload industry and the analyst community have made a big deal of the need to convert to dimensional pricing instead of the classification system of the regulated era that ended in 1980.
A truck stop in Nevada, United States.
08 Oct 2018
Transplace, with headquarters in Frisco, Texas, near Dallas, has been growing rapidly in recent years and expects to move $8 billion through its network this year.
Chicago - logistics technology capital.
08 Oct 2018
End-to-end visibility will make supply chains more efficient, Chicago-based project44’s President Tommy Barnes says, but only if shippers use data received to collaborate with partners.
A truck travels in South Dakota, United States.
08 Oct 2018
For those who think that it’s somehow counterintuitive to have a pricing model designed to create a loss or to reduce operating margins, rest assured, it is.
Trucks travel in Tennessee, United States.
06 Oct 2018
Innovation and outside-the-box thinking are needed to help shippers and trucking companies kick old, bad habits and bring pricing into the 21st century. This is Part 1 in a 5-part series.
A UPS truck travels in San Francisco, California, United States.
05 Oct 2018
From warehousing to trucking, US employers are rushing to get workers in place for the peak shipping season — and another, likely substantial, increase in end-of-year e-commerce purchases and deliveries.
Infographic: Chassis Splits: An unnecessary detour.
04 Oct 2018
A chassis split creates two extra stops for truckers, wasting their on-duty hours, reducing asset productivity, and restricting available capacity to shippers.
Old Dominion Freight Line.
04 Oct 2018
The expansion is a bet on the continuing strength of the US economy — and Old Dominion has a record of success when it comes to matching demand and capacity with price and avoiding inefficiencies.
Intermodal freight train, Kansas, United States.
03 Oct 2018
It’s an axiom that certainly applies in the current US intermodal market: shop around. Even if they’re under contract, not every rate is better than spot truckload. And these price comparisons can save shippers money when every cent counts towards remaining within transportation budgets.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
03 Oct 2018
The port authority, after discussions with rule-implementer the New Jersey Department of Labor, is disseminating detailed information to truckers on the new rules, which the authority believes will have little impact on the drayage fleet and won’t affect many truckers.
Rotterdam port.
03 Oct 2018
Rising transportation costs, the driver shortage, and accompanying rail and barge congestion have created challenging times for Europe’s shippers, to say the least. And then there’s the Brexit summit in two weeks.
XPO Logistics.
03 Oct 2018
XPO Logistics just answered Amazon’s delivery/fulfillment serve with a volley — the deployment of thousands of robotic “cobots.”
Port of Los Angeles
02 Oct 2018
Tuesday’s job actions prompted an exchange of charges among the parties. The current round of picketing that began on Monday is expected to continue at least through Wednesday.
Port of Los Angeles
02 Oct 2018
While these two related issues are present to various degrees at other gateways, the problems are magnified in the largest US port complex, where peak-season volumes now being handled at the 12 container terminals are contributing to an annual volume of more than 16 million TEU.
A delivery person presents an Amazon package
02 Oct 2018
By setting its internal minimum wage at $15 an hour, Amazon increases competitive pressure for blue-collar workers, especially younger workers, across industries, including trucking.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
01 Oct 2018
The economy and e-commerce will power fourth-quarter rate increases, not post-hurricane reconstruction, says DAT. Furthermore, while rate increases are likely to moderate in 2019, truck sector professionals underscore that a new baseline is in place.
Port of Los Angeles.
01 Oct 2018
The job actions were organized by Justice for Port Drivers, which is affiliated with the Teamsters union. A Teamsters spokesperson said picketing is scheduled to continue at least through Wednesday over 200 miles stretching from the Southern California desert to the Mexico border.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
01 Oct 2018
The quickened pace of investment in the freight tech space amounts to growing expectations from venture capital investors that one or more of these companies will be able to truly transform a fragmented and often inefficient market.
Port of Long Beach.
28 Sep 2018
Justice for Port Drivers, a Teamsters-sponsored group that has promoted picketing and other job actions over the past five years, will participate in job actions at the ports, two motor carrier facilities, warehouses, and rail yards beginning Monday morning.
Trucks travel on a road in New Jersey, United States.
27 Sep 2018
Owner-operators want regulators to tackle detention time by shippers in addition to hours-of-service flexibility.
Air cargo at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
27 Sep 2018
At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger and 42nd busiest cargo airport, congestion and delays in picking up/dropping off loads are adding wait time surcharges, and in some cases storage expenses, on to already high transport bills.
Port of Dover.
27 Sep 2018
With 14,000 trucks crossing the UK-EU border every day and 53 percent of UK imports originating in Europe, shippers and logistics service providers are planning for the consequences of lengthy delays at border points should negotiations not result in a Brexit deal.
LTL freight.
26 Sep 2018
Digitizing the bedrock shipping document would help less-than-truckload carriers cut costs and optimize freight flows while returning some of those gains to shippers.
Trucks, trailers and containers near NY-NJ.
26 Sep 2018
The addition of Milestone Equipment Holdings to the OPEN Choice Equipment Agreement-North East pool would take the pool a step closer to a pool of chassis from several providers that would be “interoperable,” meaning that truckers could pick up or drop off chassis from more than one provider at one or more locations.
Trucks at the Port of Los Angeles.
26 Sep 2018
Set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019, the bill will discourage retailers and other shippers from contracting with the companies that misclassify drivers by making the beneficial cargo owners jointly liable for any fines assessed on those operators.
An intermodal train in Kansas, United States.
26 Sep 2018
Front-loading, probably prompted by concern about tariffs, has affected US intermodal transport this peak season, as well as ocean transport, creating a quieter rail September. However, shippers should note there are some signs of conditions heating up in a key section of the United States that could be a harbinger.
UPS electric trucks.
24 Sep 2018
Despite the growth of the electric truck market and related battery tech advances, diesel technology will hardly disappear any time soon, an IHS Markit study forecasts.
Port of Wilmington, North Carolina.
24 Sep 2018
After being shut down for a week and a half, the Port of Wilmington reopened its gates to truckers on Monday, and the work to reduce and eliminate the backlog of containers from before Hurricane Florence and from vessels discharging since last Thursday continues.
Less-than-containerload freight.
24 Sep 2018
Three of the largest companies in the less-than-containerload (LCL) market said at JOC.com's Container Trade Europe Conference in Hamburg last week that while there are opportunities to keep momentum for LCL going, they are ultimately subject to underlying full containerload rate levels.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
21 Sep 2018
Making distribution center space available on weekends may mean additional costs, but it also creates much needed capacity and flexibility for truck driver hours. "If you’re worried about your budget, fill your trucks better,” an e-commerce shipper said.
A truck travels in the United States.
21 Sep 2018
Logistics managers must truly collaborate with carriers and logistics operators, and also dig into their own operations to eliminate waste and save money. One review of the US trucking cost trend line will tell you why.
A truck travels on a highway in California, United States.
20 Sep 2018
In a US truck sector characterized by scarcity, tech visibility works both ways, and truck companies are using technology to track delays and driver detention at shipper facilities. That’s all the more reason for customers to become a “shipper of choice.”