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

22 Sep 2022
Domestic intermodal providers have not put peak season surcharges in place in Southern California this year, a far cry from the $5,000 per container surcharges in Los Angeles each of the last two years.
Vitran truck
23 Sep 2013
Trucking company Vitran is on a route back to Canada across Detroit's Ambassador Bridge.
23 Sep 2013
When the South Carolina Ports Authority broke ground for an inland port at Greer, S.C., it implemented a strategy that was based upon securing an anchor tenant and linking that exporter to the Port of Charleston with multi-modal transportation options that include short-haul rail.
Overnite terminal
23 Sep 2013
The second part of a special program on Overnite Transportation founder J. Harwood Cochrane, 100 years old, and the rise of the trucking industry.
20 Sep 2013
James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide, is taking charge at YRC Freight, replacing President Jeff Rogers, who left the less-than-truckload carrier abruptly.
Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, Sept. 18. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
20 Sep 2013
There were 294 40-foot containers available to handle U.S. exports in Kansas City in the week of Sept. 18, more than double the 138 FEUs available at this inland location last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report.
20 Sep 2013
Roadrunner Transportation Systems has acquired substantially all of the assets of YES Trans, a refrigerated truckload service provider based in Salisbury, Mass.
19 Sep 2013
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx defended the research leading to new hours of service rules, but said he couldn’t p
Port of Los Angeles.
19 Sep 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today approved H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, which aims to streamline the infrastructure project delivery process.
FedEx Express
19 Sep 2013
FedEx reported its net income in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, ending Aug. 31, 2013, was $489 million, increasing 7 percent year-over-year from $459 million.
19 Sep 2013
A prominent trucking industry executive warned that operational changes at rail ramps and other inland locations because of the accelerating exit of ocean carriers from the chassis business are placing added stress on the fragile intermodal drayage industry.
18 Sep 2013
Kansas City Southern Railway’s cross-border intermodal volume will continue to expand not just because of Mexican manufacturing growth, but because of the strong advantage rail has over the trucking industry south of the border, Patrick Ottensmeyer, chief marketing officer at the railroad, told conferees Wednesday at The Journal of Commerce's Inland Distribution Conference in Kansas City.
17 Sep 2013
Werner Enterprises has announced that it expects its earnings per diluted share for the third quarter to be in the range of 27 cents to 30 cents, down from its earlier projection of 36 cents.
@ColoradoDOT tweeted a photo of the bridge at 95th Street over Coal Creek in Louisville, Colo., that collapsed.
17 Sep 2013
Although flooding in Colorado is winding down as heavy rains have begun subsiding, Mexico has declared a state of emergency after being battered by storms...
U.S. diesel prices through September 16, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
17 Sep 2013
U.S. diesel prices inched down as of Sept. 16, following an 8.5 cent jump in the weeks before that brought the average to its highest level since April 1, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
17 Sep 2013
What do flight simulator technicians, hearse drivers, cheese cooks and yogurt processors, locomotive engineers and graphic artists have in common with truck drivers? Depending on whom they work for, they all may be Teamsters.
17 Sep 2013
The Teamsters’ game plan to organize owner-operator drayage carriers is much more diverse than it was five years ago, when the union threw its weight behind the Port of Los Angeles’s clean trucks plan, beginning its foray to organize harbor truck drivers, some of the lowest-paid workers in the transportation industry.
17 Sep 2013
Prior to federal deregulation of the trucking industry in 1980, relatively few large motor carriers dominated harbor drayage, and most of those companies had Teamsters drivers. After deregulation, thousands of smaller trucking companies entered harbor trucking. In the cutthroat-pricing environment that evolved, trucking companies relied increasingly on independent contractors to haul containers to and from the ports.
16 Sep 2013
RoadOne IntermodaLogistics expanded its drayage and intermodal brokerage network by acquiring drayage operator Intermodal Inc.
13 Sep 2013
What keeps truckers awake at night? Lately, the prospect of federal "guidance" on sleep apnea testing and treatment for truck drivers.
13 Sep 2013
Despite the lackluster economy, FTR sees potential for a 'modest' peak shipping season this fall for truckers.
13 Sep 2013
A federal court in late August left ABF Freight System with a clear choice: the less-than-truckload carrier could drop its struggle to wring $750 million in damages from the Teamsters union and YRC Worldwide, or try to appeal again after having its lawsuit challenging three rounds of union concessions at its competitor dismissed three times in as many years.
12 Sep 2013
Truckload linehaul rates increased only slightly in August while intermodal rates were essentially flat, according to the latest indices from Cass Information Systems.
12 Sep 2013
Roadrunner Transportation Systems has acquired all of the outstanding equity of G.W. Palmer Logistics for about $2.5 million, plus an earn-out capped at $2.8 million.
Dimerco logo on a truck
11 Sep 2013
International overland connections between Southeast Asia and China will flourish with the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, according to one leading logistics provider.
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.
Gavel
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