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

29 Sep 2022
While there are delays in the production of 53-foot chassis, a slowdown in domestic intermodal demand will likely bring supply and demand into balance in 2023, say domestic equipment providers.
Oakland Market Share of Major West Coast Ports. Source: Individual Ports
22 Oct 2013
Port of Oakland managers were bracing for possible trouble Tuesday morning, uncertain whether protesting truckers who shut much of the port down on Monday would return to disrupt operations for a second day.
Chassis
21 Oct 2013
It’s going to be some time before ocean carriers, trucking companies and equipment owners build a new chassis model as ship lines retreat from the business of providing the wheeled intermodal equipment. During the transition, technology providers such as IAS are providing ocean carriers, motor carriers and chassis owners with the capabilities to operate.
Image for "Captain Phillips"
18 Oct 2013
When “Captain Phillips,” Hollywood’s take on the April 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates on the Maersk Alabama, debuted on Oct. 11, it thrust the ocean shipping industry into the mainstream spotlight in a way no recent film has. But it’s certainly not the first film to do so, and it won’t be the last.
17 Oct 2013
Werner Enterprises reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 was $21.3 million, sliding 15 percent year-over-year from $25.1 million.
Marten Transport
16 Oct 2013
Marten Transport reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 was a record $8.0 million, jumping 22.4 percent year-over-year from $6.5 million.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services truck
15 Oct 2013
J.B. Hunt Transport Services reported its net income in the third quarter of 2013 was $89.5 million, up 14.5 percent year-over-year from $78.2 million.
15 Oct 2013
A battle may be brewing for the Canadian business of trucking operator Vitran, which this month sold its ailing U.S. less-than-truckload business.
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference logo
15 Oct 2013
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, which represents about 3,300 conductors, trainmen, yardmen and traffic coordinators at Canadian National...
15 Oct 2013
One of the consequences of the prolonged U.S. government shutdown is the suspension of federal transportation and trade data releases.
11 Oct 2013
FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index for August, published in the October 2013 Trucking Update, rose to a reading of 9.52, a full point improvement from the July reading.
10 Oct 2013
Five years after the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach launched the industry’s most comprehensive clean-truck program, a father-son driver team became the first independent contractors to purchase an environmentally compliant truck off of lease.
10 Oct 2013
Hub Group has lowered its expectations for the third quarter of 2013 to a range of 48 to 51 cents diluted earnings per share.
ABF Freight System
09 Oct 2013
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has mailed ballots to authorize a strike against ABF Freight System by its employees covered under the Central Region Local Cartage supplement.
09 Oct 2013
Knight Transportation has announced that it expects its earnings per diluted share for the third quarter to be in the range of 18 cents to 20 cents, down from its earlier projection of 22 cents to 24 cents.
Trucks entering terminal gates at the Port of Los Angeles.
09 Oct 2013
Marine terminals have measures at their disposal to improve gate times and eliminate long truck queues, but this increased productivity must be paid for by one or more parties to the transaction, according to transportation consultants.
U.S. diesel prices through Oct. 7, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
08 Oct 2013
Class 8 truck wheel
03 Oct 2013
North America’s Class 8 net truck orders in September reached 19,777 units, up 29 percent year-over-year, but just 3 percent higher than August orders, according to FTR Associates’ preliminary data.
02 Oct 2013
FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for July was basically unchanged from June at a reading of negative 8.3, compared with negative 8.1, reflecting “relatively modest” freight volume growth combined with some capacity constraints caused by new hours of service regulations.
Oakland port trucking
02 Oct 2013
Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle will meet with harbor truckers, terminal operators and other stakeholders Thursday in an attempt to head off a possible week-long disruption threatened by owner-operators.
01 Oct 2013
Matthew Moroun just may have made the trucking deal of the decade, if not the new century. For only $2 million and the assumption of about $30 million in debt, the vice chairman of CenTra and son of trucking magnate Manuel “Matty” Moroun hopes to pick up the U.S. operations of $703 million Toronto-based Vitran.
U.S. Cross-Border Trade by Truck With Canada. Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics
01 Oct 2013
U.S. cross-border traffic with Canada via truck saw increases in both directions in July, following two months of year-over-year declines in truck imports and exports, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Rail exports dropped this month, while imports continued to show growth.
U.S. diesel prices through September 30, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
01 Oct 2013
U.S. diesel prices declined in the week ending Sept. 30 for a third straight week, dropping a total of 6.2 cents during this period, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Prices dipped in all U.S. regions.
Kansas City Southern Mexico intermodal train
01 Oct 2013
Rising costs for truckers in Mexico will drive more U.S.-bound freight from highways to rail networks, fueling strong intermodal growth, a Kansas City Southern Railway executive told the JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
Trucks
27 Sep 2013
The economy is anemic, freight demand is slight, cargo space plentiful and rate increases minimal. Obviously, it’s time to plan for growth.
26 Sep 2013
TransForce, through its subsidiary Dynamex Canada, has acquired all of the shares of Total Delivery Systems, a British Columbia-based courier and distribution services company.
26 Sep 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed H.R. 3095, a bill that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to go through a formal notice...
26 Sep 2013
Vitran will review an offer for its Canadian business from trucking giant TransForce. Will there be a bidding war for the company?
BNSF logistics part
26 Sep 2013
The intermodal industry in the coming years will have to learn to live with at least several different chassis models, but one thing for certain is that the cost of handling containers at railyards will increase.
26 Sep 2013
TransForce, the $3.1 billion Canadian trucking operator, is bidding to acquire the Canadian operations of less-than-truckload carrier Vitran, less than a week after Toronto-based Vitran announced the sale of its U.S. business.
USA Truck truck in Dallas.
26 Sep 2013
Knight Transportation is trying to acquire all of the outstanding shares of USA Truck, despite a recent rejection of its acquisition bid by USA Truck’s board of directors...
25 Sep 2013
Slow but steady growth in freight-generating sectors of the economy is raising trucking executives’ expectations for higher rates and increased shipment volume.
Truck on a highway
25 Sep 2013
Economic growth remains sluggish, but those sectors that are doing well — housing, automobile sales, manufacturing and energy — are big generators of freight for motor carriers, according to Bob Costello, chief economist and vice president of the American Trucking Associations.
Schneider truck
24 Sep 2013
Schneider National CEO Chris Lofgren says shippers, trucking companies "must come to grips" with truck driver pay, address growing pay gap with average U.S. wages.
24 Sep 2013
FreightWatch International, a logistics security services company, reported a total of 202 cargo thefts in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2013, with 87 thefts in June, 62 in July and 53 in August.
24 Sep 2013
The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Trucking Tonnage Index increased 1.4 percent in August from July, to 126.9, after slipping 0.6 percent in July.