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

05 Dec 2022
J.B. Hunt, Uber Freight, and Convoy are partnering to develop and drive broad industry adoption of a standard process for truckload appointment scheduling.
12 Jan 2014
At a recent supply chain conference, Bradley S. Jacobs heard a “financially compelling” case for investing and doing business in his country from former Mexican President Felipe Calderón. “Mexico is positioning to chip into China’s status as one of our major trading partners,” said the chairman and CEO of XPO Logistics.
10 Jan 2014
YRC Teamsters decisively rejected proposed concessions, casting the company's ability to refinance $1.4 billion in debt before it comes due into doubt.
09 Jan 2014
With technology seeming to increase in sophistication by the month, logistics companies are poised to play an even more bigger role in the shipment of goods in North America and worldwide. This will prompt third-party logistics providers to work out new — and improved — relationships with companies that own freight-moving assets.
08 Jan 2014
As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prepares to expand its rulebook in 2014, others are scrutinizing the agency’s playbook.
07 Jan 2014
YRC Worldwide and creditors led by Credit Suisse reached an agreement to refinance $1.15 billion in long-term debt due in 2014 and 2015, if the trucking giant's Teamsters employees agree to extend wage and benefit cuts.
07 Jan 2014
A long-awaited rule on a CSA-based safety fitness rating system for trucking companies is one of many trucking regulations slowly moving through the federal pipeline.
Class 8 truck tire
07 Jan 2014
New order placement for Class 8 trucks in North America surged in December.
Pacer StackTrain
06 Jan 2014
More midsize and smaller shippers will have access to intermodal rail following the acquisition of Pacer International by XPO Logistics, a move that will push truck freight brokerage toward a more multimodal model.
Pacer StackTrain
06 Jan 2014
XPO Logistics will buy intermodal giant Pacer International for approximately $335 million, expanding its reach into new freight markets.
03 Jan 2014
Trucking companies such as NEMF and UPS Freight closed terminals in the path of Winter Storm Hercules, but prepared to move freight quickly once the blizzard passed and roads and businesses reopened.
Higher construction spending will translate to more opportunities in flatbed haulers of steel and other commodities used in commercial and residential buildings.
02 Jan 2014
CRST International started 2014 by acquiring BESL Transfer, a flatbed trucking company in Cincinnati. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
YRC Freight truck
02 Jan 2014
The deadline is drawing near for a Teamster vote that could decide the fate of $4.9 billion trucking operator YRC Worldwide by deciding whether to extend wage and benefit cuts an additional four years through 2019.
New York area inclement weather warnings
02 Jan 2014
Container terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey will be closed Friday because of a blizzard that’s forecast to hit the region with six to nine inches of snow and winds of up to 35 miles per hour.
Truck stop
02 Jan 2014
If truckload capacity is getting tighter on America’s highways, it’s not pinching XPO Logistics. The fast-growing freight brokerage and logistics business sees truck capacity pretty much in balance nationwide, despite warnings that trucking’s supply-demand “equilibrium” is getting closer to its breaking point.
Truck tread marks
31 Dec 2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared two Walterboro, S.C.-based trucking companies...
30 Dec 2013
Normal operations resumed on Dec. 25 at India’s Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal, a DP World facility in Cochin Port, following the end of a work stoppage action by harbor truck drivers.
30 Dec 2013
Roadrunner Transportation Systems has promoted Brian van Helden to the role of chief operating officer.
Vitran truck
30 Dec 2013
TransForce today agreed to acquire Vitran for approximately $136 million, including $29 million in debt.
Majestic Maersk in Copenhagen
27 Dec 2013
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24 Dec 2013
A strike by harbor truck crew over wage improvement and bonus entitlement issues has disrupted normal operations at the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal, a DP World facility in India’s Port of Cochin, according to local shipping sources.
23 Dec 2013
A bidding war is on for the Canadian trucking business of Vitran, as TransForce counters an offer from Manitoulin Transport. The contest for Vitran is part of a larger battle to consolidate trucking operations in Canada being waged by companies such as TransForce and Manitoulin.
23 Dec 2013
The 10 largest dedicated contract carriers increased revenue 3.9 percent in 2012, a big drop from a 17.5 percent surge in 2011. But their performance, which in part reflected weaker overall trucking demand in 2012 and a difficult comparison with the previous year’s strong gains in dedicated business, differed greatly from company to company.
19 Dec 2013
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ union members at UPS Freight are set to vote next month on the less-than-truckload unit’s amended five-year contract proposal.
Trucks at Port of Los Angeles
19 Dec 2013
The Harbor Trucking Association of Southern California will soon release on its website an ongoing truck mobility project that should provide value to terminal operators and beneficial cargo owners seeking to improve gate productivity in Los Angeles-Long Beach.
FedEx 777F
18 Dec 2013
Benefiting from an improving economy, strong e-commerce sales, and profit initiatives launched last year, FedEx raised both bottom and top lines in its latest quarter. The second-largest U.S. transport company expects even better from 2014.
17 Dec 2013
Echoing the sentiments of several transportation analysts, the logistics provider Transplace said Tuesday that shippers should prepare themselves for an environment of tighter truck capacity in 2014 given the improving economy and impact of government regulations.
ODFL's new and expanded terminals in 2013
17 Dec 2013
Old Dominion Freight Line’s new facility in Salina, Kan., may not be its largest, but the 18-door terminal is part of something bigger — a prolonged network expansion that is extending the less-than-truckload carrier’s reach coast-to-coast.
17 Dec 2013
Schneider National is making the rare move of offering its own 600-strong chassis fleet, giving shippers more reliable access to lightweight equipment that will allow them to load more goods into the company’s containers.
16 Dec 2013
Dedicated contract carriage, long a “one-customer, one-fleet” business, is evolving beyond those roots as more complex, leaner supply chains recast shipper distribution models. Increasingly, shippers are deploying dedicated truck fleets alongside their own vehicles and for-hire tractor-trailers in “hybrid” freight networks that also might include intermodal rail as they seek the best way to deliver goods.
Landstar trailer
16 Dec 2013
After a rocky start to the fourth quarter in October, Landstar System shifted into higher gear in December, increasing truckload volume and revenue in tandem.
13 Dec 2013
In a sign of an improving economic environment and growing preference for rail to move goods between the U.S. and Mexico, U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade by rail, measured in value terms, hit an all-time high in September. It rose 16.4 percent year-over-year to $6.25 billion, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Cross-border truck trade also climbed, rising 7.7 percent year-over-year to $27.2 billion, a record for the month.
Quarterly Truck Driver Turnover - 3Q2013. Source: The American Trucking Associations
12 Dec 2013
The rate at which truck drivers must be replaced fell to 97 percent in the third quarter, a slight improvement that signals high operating and labor costs for the nation's largest truckload carriers.
12 Dec 2013
With online sales soaring 45 percent in the third quarter, Southern retail chain Belk is expanding its e-commerce distribution and fulfilllment network.
11 Dec 2013
XPO Logistics is strengthening its expedited business and its technology infrastructure by acquiring two supply-chain subsidiaries from Landstar System, NLM and A3i.
YRC Freight trucks
10 Dec 2013
James Welch has his work cut out for him. Over the next month, the CEO of YRC Worldwide and president of YRC Freight must convince 26,000 Teamsters to extend wage and benefits cuts they agreed to in 2010 another four years. Welch also needs to get them onboard with new concessions, including greater use of subcontractors and utility workers.