Trucking Logistics

Trucking Logistics

Transportation 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

08 Nov 2019
A shift to time-based truckload rates will come, eventually, as electronic logging and detention disputes reshape supply chains, a TIA report finds.
30 Apr 2019
Supply chain stakeholders in the Port of Oakland argue that the development of a new baseball stadium on port property will disrupt trucking and rail operations, potentially bringing the port to “gridlock.”
How wary should truck brokers be of Amazon?
29 Apr 2019
Speculation has run rampant over the past three years that the e-commerce giant would eventually compete with the parcel carriers that move its freight, but it turns out Amazon actually has its sights set on the brokerage market.
29 Apr 2019
Uber Freight has established a direct integration into SAP’s widely used TMS, enabling the digital broker to expand the demand side of its marketplace and SAP users to tap into Uber’s driver network.
26 Apr 2019
The Port of Oakland is working with the city on a truck traffic plan that seeks to mitigate impact of growing container volumes and logistics developments on nearby neighborhoods.
26 Apr 2019
An infusion of trucks and tractors from bankrupt NEMF would help Estes stretch its service offerings further beyond LTL and deeper into flatbed and dedicated truckload markets.
25 Apr 2019
Some of the biggest trucking companies are riding the 2018 wave well into 2019, and they’re focused more on building profit than revenue as the US economy slows.
25 Apr 2019
Leandro Carelli Barreto, a director for consulting firm Solve Shipping, tells JOC.com recent concessions granted to truck drivers don’t address underlying overcapacity.
24 Apr 2019
The nation’s largest truckload operator is keeping a firm grip on costs and lowering its expectations for the second quarter as US motor carriers prepare for a potentially bumpy road ahead.
24 Apr 2019
Tough new truck emissions reduction rules by European regulators have brought mixed reactions from freight transportation providers.
23 Apr 2019
An influx of new Class 8 tractors and straight trucks is easing capacity constraints and pulling truck pricing downward as the US economy expands at a slower pace.
22 Apr 2019
US containerized imports from Asia dropped 0.5 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2019, after rising 15.5 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the PIERS data, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Markit
Top 50 Trucking Companies 2018
22 Apr 2019
The 50 largest US trucking operators grabbed a larger share of the market, while smaller carriers raised the bar in terms of revenue growth last year thanks to the strongest freight market since the 2009 recession.
20 Apr 2019
As ongoing, rolling delays at the US-Mexico border threaten cross-border manufacturing operations that rely on quick, dependable deliveries, some shippers are taking drastic measures to keep their supply chains running smoothly.
Amazon ranks #1 in top 50 global 3PLs
20 Apr 2019
Although the e-commerce giant doesn't describe itself as a third-party logistics provider (3PL), Amazon has surpassed major global players such as DHL and Kuehne + Nagel in 3PL revenue.
18 Apr 2019
Chainalytics sees contract truckload rates turning ‘negative’ year over year as oversupply hits softer US freight demand.
18 Apr 2019
A large number of small and midsize US trucking companies report competitors charging “unsustainably low rates” in a recent Bibby Financial Services survey.
17 Apr 2019
Some Customs agents are returning to US-Mexico border crossings following weeks of cargo congestion, but long delays continue in locations such as Pharr, Texas.
17 Apr 2019
Jeffrey A. Bader, the former president of the largest trucking group in the Port of New York and New Jersey, will be succeeded by Lisa Yakomin, who has held responsibility for communications and government affairs at the association.
17 Apr 2019
The UK freight transport industry will need government support if any real advances are to be made in decarbonizing the supply chain.
16 Apr 2019
Ryder urges shippers to apply for expedited clearance to mitigate disruption from US-Mexico cross-border congestion as it adds equipment and builds out its truck yards and warehousing space near the border.
16 Apr 2019
Bill Cassidy, senior editor, JOC provides his outlook for the US trucking market in 2019. 
12 Apr 2019
A tentative contract would give Teamsters at carrier YRC Worldwide an 18 percent wage increase over five years but would still leave wages lower than at competing carriers.
11 Apr 2019
The shift of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resources from cargo to immigration has reduced cargo processing capacity along the border 30-40 percent.
11 Apr 2019
A lackluster truckload spot market is putting more pressure on truck contract rates, as carriers wait for signs of the seasonal spring retail surge.
09 Apr 2019
Rising cargo volumes, growing manufacturing heft, and some new trade agreements are positioning Mexico as a logistics hub, raising questions about whether the country's infrastructure can handle the added stress.
08 Apr 2019
President Trump’s threats to shut down the US-Mexico border grabbed headlines last week, but freight congestion caused by a shift in Customs resources to handle a surge immigration is already costing US importers millions of dollars each day.
08 Apr 2019
Trucking operators and shippers should be keeping a close eye on the implementation of a National Drug and Alcohol Driver Database and other potential regulatory changes that will affect available capacity.
05 Apr 2019
A drop in the number of truckers at the smallest US trucking companies could indicate a market shift toward large carriers as spot truckload rates seek bottom.
04 Apr 2019
Ports leaders say the death of Jeffrey A. Bader, president of the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers, who was active on a committee to improve efficiency at the Port of New York and New Jersey, will leave a leadership gap in the port.
04 Apr 2019
With cross-border freight already delayed and logistics costs rising, businesses must plan for a potential closure of the US-Mexico border threatened by President Trump.
04 Apr 2019
Virginia port truck drivers sent a letter last week asking operators to pay higher rates when Norfolk-area terminals are congested, but trucking companies say they already do.
03 Apr 2019
Six months after new government restrictions on hours of service for Mexico’s truck drivers took effect, rates have gone up, capacity has tightened, and it’s tougher to find trucking services to some parts of the country.
03 Apr 2019
Top 10 freight broker GlobalTranz continued its recent acquisition spree at the same time it was acquired by a former equity investor.
03 Apr 2019
With a majority stake in Truckstop.com, ICONIQ Capital will fuel the development of the load-matching firm's technology services to help simplify capacity procurement.