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

15 Nov 2022
The US producer price indexes for long-distance truckload and less-than-truckload took separate routes in October, with LTL pricing essentially unchanged and the truckload index falling.
08 Nov 2013
Despite attempts over the past decade by the Teamsters union to convince drayage companies that the entire industry would benefit if drivers were hired as direct employees, the majority of drivers wish to remain independent, according to a drayage company president in Southern California.
Truck tire
08 Nov 2013
North America’s Class 8 net truck orders in October reached 25,960 units, increasing 14 percent year-over-year and 39 percent from the previous month...
YRC Worldwide
07 Nov 2013
YRC Worldwide has asked its International Brotherhood of Teamsters employees to engage in formal negotiations for a contract extension...
05 Nov 2013
YRC Worldwide is asking its Teamster employees to extend their current wage concessions beyond 2015 to help secure restructured financing from its lenders.
05 Nov 2013
Vitran is putting a buffer between its profitable Canadian trucking operations and any unwelcome suitors, adopting a “shareholder rights plan” designed to slow or ward off any unsolicited bids.
05 Nov 2013
Bangladesh exporters are unable to get their goods out of the country via the Port of Chittagong, the country’s busiest port, after trucking companies refused to deliver goods because of vandalism fears, according to reports.
04 Nov 2013
John R. “Jack” Congdon Sr., a longtime member of the board of directors at Old Dominion Freight Line, has died at the age of 80 following a battle with cancer.
Trucking's hours of service rules
01 Nov 2013
The American Trucking Associations has applauded the introduction of the TRUE Safety Act in the House by Reps. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y.; Tom Rice, R-S.C.; and Mike Michaud, D-Maine.
JOC Truckload Capacity Index. Source: JOC analyses, company reports
01 Nov 2013
Trucking company acquisitions in the third quarter inspired the biggest leap in The Journal of Commerce Truckload Capacity Index since the recession.
01 Nov 2013
Truck driver pay — or the lack of it — is a key factor in the so-called driver shortage, though not the only reason motor carriers can’t hire enough drivers.
Saia truck
01 Nov 2013
Saia reported its profit in the third quarter of 2013 was $12.9 million, jumping 39.5 percent year-over-year from $9.3 million.
J.B. Hunt intermodal
01 Nov 2013
Trucking’s early third quarter earnings reports looked better than might be expected in a sluggish and inconsistent economy. That’s largely because the first publicly owned motor carriers past the quarterly post took advantage of opportunities to move more freight by intermodal rail, diversified their over-the-road services and, most important, protected profit margins in the quarter.
31 Oct 2013
The Harbor Trucking Association of Southern California in early December will launch on its Web site a monthly tracking system that will provide data on turn times at all of the container terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach.
Con-way Freight truck
31 Oct 2013
Con-way increased net profit 21 percent year-over-year in the third quarter to $30.6 million, despite a slight drop in overall revenue from a year ago to $1.4 billion.
ABF truck.
31 Oct 2013
After months of difficult negotiations over regional supplements, ABF Freight Systems has a new five-year contract with the Teamsters and a 7 percent wage cut, effective Nov. 3.
31 Oct 2013
A bipartisan trio of U.S. legislators has introduced legislation that would block new hours of service rules for the trucking industry, the latest salvo in motor carriers’ fight against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation.
Roadrunner trucks
31 Oct 2013
Roadrunner reported its net income available to common stockholders in the third quarter of 2013 was $13.2 million, jumping 34.0 percent year-over-year from $9.9 million.
30 Oct 2013
Although it was a single incident involving one motor carrier in Southern California, the purchase of a truck off a lease by a father-son driving team confirms that the owner-operator model at U.S. container ports is viable, the harbor trucking industry believes.
Driver
30 Oct 2013
Congress was not caught napping as federal regulators moved to set new requirements for identifying and treating sleep disorders among truck drivers. Despite a partial government shutdown, legislators this month rushed a bill to the White House ordering the Department of Transportation to pursue a full rule-making and not simply issue guidance on obstructive sleep apnea and truck drivers.
30 Oct 2013
TransForce reported its profit in third quarter of 2013 was C$44.0 million (about US$42.0 million), down 18.2 percent year-over-year.
Celadon truck
30 Oct 2013
Celadon Group reported its net income plummeted 20.5 percent to $6.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, 2013, from $8.3 million in the same period last year.
Overnite truck
30 Oct 2013
The third part of a special program on Overnite Transportation founder J. Harwood Cochrane, 100 years old, and the rise of the trucking industry.
30 Oct 2013
CAI International reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 was $15.3 million, falling 9 percent year-over-year from $16.8 million.
Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, Oct. 23. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
29 Oct 2013
A combination of increased transloading, healthy agriculture exports and moderate retail imports are likely the reason the number of 40-foot container available for outbound shipments was below zero for the 20th straight week ending Oct. 23.
U.S. diesel prices through Oct. 28, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
29 Oct 2013
U.S. diesel prices continued to edge down in the week ending Oct. 28, the eighth straight week without an increase. During this slump, the average price is down a total of 11.1 cents, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
YRC Freight trucks
29 Oct 2013
Fresh from a network restructuring and leadership changes, YRC Worldwide will sit down with the Teamsters next month to discuss the LTL operator's future, including its debt obligations.
chassis at Maher Terminals, Port of New York and New Jersey
28 Oct 2013
Representatives of waterfront employers, drayage companies and the International Longshoremen’s Association said there’s an urgent need to improve the way intermodal chassis are supplied in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
28 Oct 2013
ASF Intermodal has opened an intermodal drayage facility in the Chicago area.
28 Oct 2013
Universal Truckload Services reported net income of $13.7 million in the third quarter of 2013, falling 8.7 percent year-over-year from $15.1 million.
UPS Paris
25 Oct 2013
UPS today reported its revenue in the third quarter of 2013 was $13.5 billion, up 3.4 percent year-over-year, driven primarily by U.S. e-commerce shipments and strong European export growth.
25 Oct 2013
Knight Transportation reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 was $15.2 million, dropping 9.1 percent year-over-year from $16.7 million.
Schneider truck
24 Oct 2013
Using in-cab and back office technology, Schneider National has measured a 3.1 percent drop in productivity since new truck driver hours of service rules took effect July 1.
24 Oct 2013
Swift Transportation reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 was $30.0 million, dropping 11.0 percent year-over-year from $33.7 million.
ODFL trucks
24 Oct 2013
Old Dominion Freight Line reported its profit in the third quarter of 2013 increased 17.8 percent to $60.1 million, from $51.0 million in the third quarter of 2012.
JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index. Source: The Journal of Commerce, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data
23 Oct 2013
Trucking made very slight employment gains in September, pushing the Journal of Commerce For-Hire Trucking Employment Index back up to 95.7, its same reading as in May, from 95.6. The increase follows a flat month for the index in August.