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.
10 Dec 2013
YRC Worldwide is seeking more than an extension of current concessions in its proposal to Teamster employees.
Vitran truck
10 Dec 2013
Canadian trucking operator Manitoulin Transport will acquire Toronto-based less-than-truckload company Vitran for $128 million, including $29 million in debt, the companies said Dec. 9.
YRC Freight truck
06 Dec 2013
YRC Worldwide’s Teamsters employees will decide whether to extend wage concessions until March 2019, helping the trucking giant to refinance its debt and avoid bankruptcy.
JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index. Source: The Journal of Commerce
06 Dec 2013
The Journal of Commerce For-Hire Trucking Employment Index rose to 96.4 in November from 95.7 the previous month, as trucking firms added 8,400 jobs.
Warehouse
06 Dec 2013
Transportation and warehousing employment spiked in November, as the U.S. economy added 203,000 jobs, dropping the national unemployment rate to 7 percent.
Atlanta highway
05 Dec 2013
New federal rules that cut into trucking productivity did not push rates up for most shippers in the third quarter, according to a survey by Wolfe Research.
04 Dec 2013
Stronger than expected demand pushed up tonnage and revenue at Old Dominion Freight Line in October and November, raising hopes for a quicker-paced fourth quarter recovery.
04 Dec 2013
Universal Truckload Services will acquire Westport Axle from a Brazil-based industrial group, gaining new inroads into truck manufacturing and access to more industrial freight.
Thumbnail of trucking dashboard for 3Q2013
04 Dec 2013
All but two of the publicly owned trucking companies tracked by The Journal of Commerce were profitable in the third quarter, with YRC Freight and USA Truck reporting net losses, indicating trucking remains relatively healthy in an era of slow economic growth and choppy freight demand.
03 Dec 2013
YRC Worldwide is turning to Wall Street for help reducing its massive debt as it works to achieve new long-term agreements with its Teamsters and lenders.
27 Nov 2013
Port of Oakland
26 Nov 2013
The Port of Oakland and the California Trucking Association are urging independent truck drivers not to carry through with a yet another strike in the harbor that is planned for Nov. 27.
26 Nov 2013
Teamster leaders will meet next week to review a contract proposal from YRC Worldwide and decide whether to submit it to the membership for a vote.
26 Nov 2013
Flagship Logistics Group is looking for a few good people to staff its new customer contact center in Indianapolis: veter
25 Nov 2013
Canadian trucking operator Manitoulin Transport continued its acquisition-based expansion, purchasing Smooth Freight of Brandon, Manitoba.
Thumbnail of portion of YRC infographic
25 Nov 2013
A reorganization designed to reduce freight handling, speed shipments and save YRC Freight millions of dollars did just the opposite this summer. Instead, manpower shortages led to higher costs and delayed shipments, driving customers away from the long-haul less-than-truckload carrier and turning a third quarter 2012 operating profit into a $9.7 million loss a year later.
Highway interchange
22 Nov 2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed a series of highways to serve as a highway Primary Freight Network...
Highway congestion
22 Nov 2013
Shippers are starting to feel a pinch from new truck driver hours of service rules, especially businesses with tight delivery windows and high service expectations.
Truck on highway - silhouette
20 Nov 2013
WASHINGTON — The trucking industry isn’t letting up the pressure on Washington, D.C., to repeal new hours of service regulation.
20 Nov 2013
The New Jersey Motor Truck Association is discussing a possible lawsuit or Federal Maritime Commission complaint to force New York-New Jersey container terminals to pay truckers for drivers’ waiting time outside terminal gates.
Trucks at Port of Long Beach
20 Nov 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach are proposing a revolutionary plan to relieve port congestion by keeping marine terminal gates open round the clock, and paying for the increased operating costs by charging a fee on every container that moves through the ports.
19 Nov 2013
Chassisfinder.com, an Internet-based chassis reservation exchange owned and operated by Chassis Finder, has expanded its coverage to include locations in or near...
Truck
19 Nov 2013
FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index improved marginally in September, but not enough to take it out of deep negative territory...
19 Nov 2013
Harbor truck drivers backed by the Teamsters union made a statement this week by demonstrating against alleged unfair labor practices at three drayage company facilities in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area, but their actions had no impact on cargo-handling at the port complex.
Stack trains.
19 Nov 2013
It’s far from a surge of optimism, but shippers’ expectations on how much freight they move via land, sea and air in the coming months is the second highest in the past six quarters.
Truck on a highway
19 Nov 2013
The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Trucking Tonnage in October fell for the first time in July, but the group’s economist said it wasn’t surprising for traffic to dip after a strong run.
18 Nov 2013
Port of Los Angeles truck drivers from Green Fleet Systems, American Logistics International and Pac 9 Transportation went on strike this morning to protest labor practices...
Celadon
18 Nov 2013
Celadon Group has entered into an agreement to acquire selected assets of N. Yanke Transfer Limited...
DHL facility
15 Nov 2013
The 50 largest transportation and logistics companies worldwide grew more slowly in 2012 as the global economy sputtered, increasing revenue only 2.6 percent compared with a more robust 8.4 percent combined growth rate in 2011.
15 Nov 2013
The combined revenue of the world’s largest logistics and transportation companies rose to $670.4 billion from $653.4 billion in 2011, according to SJ Consulting Group. Logistics companies — topped by Germany’s $55 billion DHL, the world’s largest transportation and logistics provider — held the largest share of that combined revenue, $234.7 billion, or 35 percent of the total, followed by ocean carriers, led by $40.5 billion A.P. Moller-Maersk, which owns the world’s largest container line — Maersk Line — and accounted for nearly 30 percent of Top 50 revenue.
15 Nov 2013
XPO Logistics has acquired Optima Service Solutions for $26.6 million.
U.S. diesel prices through Nov. 11, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
13 Nov 2013
U.S. diesel prices decreased for a third straight week in the week ending Nov. 11. During the three-weeks slump, the average price fell roughly 15 cents, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Knight Transportation truck
13 Nov 2013
The Journal of Commerce Truckload Capacity Index rose unexpectedly in the third quarter to a four-year high, but that doesn’t mean more tractor-trailers rolled onto highways and up to shipper docks. Instead, the leap in the index reflects a gathering concentration of capacity at the top of trucking’s food chain, as larger motor carriers acquire and absorb smaller companies to secure drivers, equipment and freight revenue.
YRC Freight truck
12 Nov 2013
YRC Worldwide fell back into the red in the third quarter after a poorly executed network reorganization hurt service.
ABF Freight System truck
12 Nov 2013
It took months of bargaining-table wrangling and two rounds of voting, but ABF Freight System finally has its own national master freight agreement. The less-than-truckload carrier and the Teamsters sealed the deal on a five-year agreement in late October when a lone holdout region rejected a strike authorization.