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

02 Dec 2022
Hiring expectations fell short across many transportation sectors in November, with real trucking employment dropping while warehousing firms and couriers added workers.
Average change in U.S. LTL yield through the first quarter of 2013. Sources: Company reports and JOC analyses.
22 May 2013
Average less-than-truckload yield increased 3 percent in the first quarter among large publicly owned motor carriers tracked by The Journal of Commerce.
22 May 2013
The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slid 0.2 percent to 123.2 in April, after rising 0.9 percent in March to 123.5.
22 May 2013
XL Group, an insurance and reinsurance company, has expanded its inland marine business with the addition of truck cargo coverage for medium to large-sized trucking operations in North America.
21 May 2013
LTL Carrier YRC Freight began implementing a change of operations that will close 29 terminals, restructuring its nationwide network to gain efficiency.
21 May 2013
Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System will raise general rates and charges 5.9 percent on average May 28.
21 May 2013
The leaders of about 160 Teamster locals approved a multiyear contract with ABF Freight System that will cut wages 7 percent in the first year of the contract.
U.S. diesel prices through May 20, 2013. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
21 May 2013
U.S. diesel prices saw slight increases in the week ending May 20, the second week of rising prices after a 10-week slump, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
21 May 2013
The New Jersey General Assembly approved a bill to create a presumption that drayage and parcel delivery drivers are employees instead of independent contractors, but the legislation appears unlikely to become law.
20 May 2013
Contrans reported its net income in the first quarter of 2013 was C$4.8 million (about US$4.7 million), falling 9.4 percent from $5.2 million in the first quarter of 2012.
17 May 2013
A bill to create a presumption that port and parcel delivery drivers are employees and not contractors and allow allegedly misclassified drivers to sue for damages is up for a vote Monday in the New Jersey General Assembly.
17 May 2013
The government of Canada has invested in the Atlantic Gateway to improve the supply chain efficiency and competitiveness of transportation in New Brunswick...
17 May 2013
Mullen Group has signed an agreement to acquire Jay’s Moving & Storage, a private, less-than-truckload transportation corporation owned by Dennis Doehl, based in Regina, Saskatchewan.
FedEx Freight Canada’s new service center for the Vancouver area.
17 May 2013
FedEx Freight Canada, a subsidiary of FedEx, has held an opening ceremony for its new service center for the Vancouver, British Columbia, area.
16 May 2013
C.R. England has appointed Sam Scott and Tracy Brown as new division presidents, according to Chad England, CEO of the transportation company.
landscaping supplies at retailer
15 May 2013
As temperatures rise across the country, consumers will be moving outdoors and heading to stores. Supressed demand may translate to a rush to find trucks in late May, said Derek Leathers, Werner Enterprises' president and COO.
14 May 2013
Most Port of New York and New Jersey container terminals have agreed to provide truckers with turn-time data gleaned from newly installed radio-frequency identification technology, a port official said.
14 May 2013
FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for March improved from February’s negative 9.5 reading to a current reading of negative 7.3, indicating a slightly better but still negative environment for shippers.
U.S. diesel prices through May 13, 2013. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
14 May 2013
U.S. diesel prices rose in the week ending May 13, ending a 10-week decline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
13 May 2013
Though focused on building XPO Logistics' truck brokerage business, CEO Bradley S. Jacobs hasn't ignored the company's Express-1 division, the fifth-largest expedited trucking company.
FedEx Custom Critical loading operation
13 May 2013
Expedited carriers are diversifying services, adding technology and seeking new customers in an age of ‘deferred delivery.’
13 May 2013
The Montreal Port Authority has applauded the dual announcement made by Sylvain Gaudreault, Quebec minister of transport and minister of municipal affairs for regions and land occupancy...
12 May 2013
Shippers worried about the potential loss of capacity when the new hours-of-service rules kick in will need to work more closely with truckload carriers to ensure they get the best possible fleet utilization.
10 May 2013
Revelations this week that YRC Worldwide had considered acquiring Arkansas Best, parent of ABF Freight System, earlier this year seemed to help both companies on Wall Street.
10 May 2013
FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index for March, published in the May 2013 Trucking Update, reflected improvement in an already favorable environment for trucking...
10 May 2013
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters blasted YRC Worldwide’s recent attempt to open acquisition talks with Arkansas Best, charging the less-than-truckload carrier with “interference in the collective bargaining process.”
James Welch, YRC
10 May 2013
YRC Worldwide was — and still is — interested in acquiring not just rival trucker ABF Freight System but its $2.1 billion parent company Arkansas Best, which includes Panther Expedited Services, YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch said.
09 May 2013
IAS Logistics has plans to replicate its Texas Trucking Operation in Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.
trucks on highway
09 May 2013
Shippers attending the 2013 NASSTRAC Shipper Conference and Transportation Expo in Orlando last month mentioned little trouble finding a truck when they need one, and at a price they’re willing to pay. But they have to work harder to get that truck, and they’re more likely to find it through a logistics provider or broker.
09 May 2013
A. Duie Pyle has acquired a 60-door service center in Elkridge, Md.
09 May 2013
XPO Logistics reported a net loss of $14.5 million in the first quarter of 2012, compared with a net loss of $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2012.
ABF Freight System truck.
09 May 2013
Arkansas Best rejected an offer by YRC Worldwide, its largest unionized less-than-truckload rival, to purchase either ABF Freight System or the entire company.
Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, May 8. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
09 May 2013
The number of 40-foot containers available for export in Minneapolis saw a fourth week below zero in the week of May 8, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report.
08 May 2013
C.R. England has promoted Brandon Harrison and Zach England, two current members of the transportation company’s executive committee, to the positions of chief operating officers, according to Chad England, CEO.
08 May 2013
How long do drayage drivers spend getting in and out of container terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey? Motor carriers hope radio-frequency identification will provide answers.
08 May 2013
IMC Companies has reached an agreement to purchase Express America Trucking.