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

16 Aug 2022
Inventory buildup and changing inland distribution routes are setting a fire under construction of new logistics and distribution facilities in markets across the US, despite economic concerns.
09 Sep 2013
New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed the Truck Operator Independent Contractor Act, which would have reclassified port truckers and parcel delivery truckers as employees...
U.S. Cross-Border Trade by Truck With Canada. Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics
09 Sep 2013
U.S. cross-border traffic with Canada via truck and rail declined 2.1 percent from $39.2 billion in June 2012 to $38.4 billion this June, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The value of imports by rail from Canada was the only of these types of surface trade to see a slight increase year-over-year.
09 Sep 2013
Hamburg Süd will implement a revised policy on chassis provision in the Charleston, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; and Atlanta areas, effective Oct. 1.
JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index. Source: JOC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data
06 Sep 2013
A revised Journal of Commerce For-Hire Trucking Employment Index remained flat in August compared with July at a reading of 95.6, reflecting summer freight demand and motor carrier difficulty in hiring and keeping truck drivers.
2Q2013 trucking dashboard thumbnail
06 Sep 2013
Truckload and less-than-truckload carriers are gradually improving their profitability, despite the overall lack of strong freight demand, as shown in second quarter financial results featured in the quarterly JOC Trucking Dashboard.
Empty cargo hold on an airplane.
06 Sep 2013
A faster-paced economy wasn't evident in the August employment numbers for freight transportation industries.
05 Sep 2013
Three former USA Dry Van Logistics executives are charged with bilking more than $26 million from lender GE Capital.
05 Sep 2013
Property brokers and freight forwarders will have 60 days from Oct.
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04 Sep 2013
ABF Freight System’s $750 million lawsuit against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and YRC Worldwide has again been rejected by a federal court.
U.S. diesel prices through September 2, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
03 Sep 2013
U.S. diesel prices climbed in the week of September 2, growing at an accelerated pace when compared to increases in the past two weeks, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
03 Sep 2013
Landstar System expects $680 million to $700 million in revenue in the third quarter, as underlying revenue trends improv
03 Sep 2013
WASHINGTON — Fifty-one House representatives asked Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to tell them when a field study
ABF truck.
03 Sep 2013
Teamster employees at ABF Freight System approved five regional supplements, but two side agreements are still on the table.
02 Sep 2013
When Bill Shea joined DirectChassisLink as CEO 18 months ago, he saw a need for the chassis lessor to broaden its customer base, seek additional distribution channels and reduce costs.
Truck driver fatalities infographic thumbnail
30 Aug 2013
30 Aug 2013
The acquisition of 3PD Holding by XPO Logistics seems a detour from the fast-growing logistics company’s relentless pursuit of truck freight brokerage business. But XPO Chairman and CEO Bradley S. Jacobs says 3PD, a last-mile delivery logistics operator, not only complements XPO’s freight brokerage business but will open new routes deeper into shipper customer supply chains.
30 Aug 2013
Haven’t seen much of a peak season on the highways and rails? You’re not alone. Growing evidence suggests the freight surge ahead of the holidays is coming more in the spring for trucking and translating to spikes, not a peak, for intermodal rail carriers.
29 Aug 2013
Logistics executives should be wary of an increase in theft over the U.S. Labor Day weekend.
29 Aug 2013
The nation’s largest refrigerated truckload carrier is raising pay for company drivers and owner-operators following a “stronger fiscal performance.”
29 Aug 2013
Freight trade by value between the U.S.
Jim Devine, chief executive of GCT USA
29 Aug 2013
Motor carriers serving New York Container Terminal on Staten Island have begun receiving payments to offset increases in tolls on bridges from New Jersey.
28 Aug 2013
Teamsters at Air Express International agreed to extend their contract with the company, keeping their current benefits in place until March 2014.
28 Aug 2013
Harbor truck drivers returned to their jobs late Tuesday after a 24-hour strike at the Green Fleet Systems warehouse in Southern California. The drivers, who were supported by the Teamsters union, said they were protesting the company’s attempts to prevent them from organizing.
J. Harwood Cochrane talks with JOC Senior Editor William B. Cassidy
28 Aug 2013
JOC Senior Editor William B. Cassidy meets with Overnite Transportation founder J. Harwood Cochrane and UPS Freight President Jack Holmes to talk about Cochrane’s life in trucking.
27 Aug 2013
Some of the employee drivers of Green Fleet Systems in Southern California launched a 24-hour strike against the company on Monday, charging that management is using harassment techniques to dissuade them from joining a union.
27 Aug 2013
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a long-awaited final rule last week to establish a Unified Registration System for trucking companies, freight brokers and forwarders and others required to register with the agency. The final rule consolidates and automates a paper-based registration system and expands the number and type of companies or operations that must register with the FMCSA.
26 Aug 2013
After five years and numerous appeals, the American Trucking Associations’ lawsuit challenging certain provisions of the Port of Los Angeles clean-truck plan has been put to rest, with harbor trucking interests scoring a powerful victory.
23 Aug 2013
Qualcomm is selling its Omnitracs trucking communications and telematics business for $800 million to Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in technology companies.
23 Aug 2013
Shippers face “significant” rate increases in the U.S. over the next few years unless they build more multimodal supply chains for domestic and inbound shipments, an investment analyst warns.
22 Aug 2013
The Port of Oakland was operating smoothly Thursday, with no sign of protesting truckers, and no delays at marine terminal gates. Chris Lytle, Oakland’s executive director, intends to do everything possible to maintain fluid operations after weeks of sporadic work stoppages by longshoremen and protests by harbor truckers over slow turn times and pending environmental requirements.
warehouse, logistics management
22 Aug 2013
A recent industry survey shows third-party logistics companies and freight brokers are increasing the amount of business they do with LTL carriers significantly as shippers widen their search for capacity beyond the truckload business, and are making a bigger profit in the LTL business than the traditional truckload market.
22 Aug 2013
TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian Freight Index was basically flat in July compared with the previous month and July 2012, dodging the traditional summer slowdown typical for the month.
Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, August 21. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
22 Aug 2013
There were 143 40-foot containers available to handle U.S. exports in Minneapolis in the week of Aug. 21, the third straight week with FEU availability following 11 straight weeks of deficits, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report.
From left: Jack Holmes, president of UPS Freight; J. Harwood Cochrane, founder of Overnite Transportation; and JOC Senior Editor William B. Cassidy.
21 Aug 2013
J. Harwood Cochrane, 100, founder of Overnite Transportation, and Jack Holmes, president of UPS Freight, discuss less-than-truckload’s origins and the trucking industry's multimodal future.
21 Aug 2013
The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Trucking Tonnage Index slipped 0.4 percent in July from June, to 125.4, after inching up 0.1 percent in June.