Trucking Logistics

Trucking Logistics

Transportation 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

13 Nov 2019
A New Jersey law that reshapes the way the state assesses whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee has triggered opposition from truckers who say it will damage the Port of New York and New Jersey’s drayage fleet.
13 Nov 2019
YRC Worldwide is keeping its well-known brands separate, but blending its regional and national terminal networks, as well as sales and management.
13 Nov 2019
The freight broker Convoy has landed the second biggest single funding round in North American logistics technology industry, as its investors more than double down on the idea of technology solving inefficiencies and waste in the truckload market.
08 Nov 2019
A shift to time-based truckload rates will come, eventually, as electronic logging and detention disputes reshape supply chains, a TIA report finds.
06 Nov 2019
The number of speeding violations handed to US truck drivers jumped 7.8 percent in 2018, but speeding has been a problem since long before that. Shippers need to help solve it.
05 Nov 2019
Moving a 238-metric ton transformer over the road from Houston to New Mexico requires meticulous planning, detailed route surveys, and the building of a massive transport trailer.
Challenge to ELD rule resurfaces at FMCSA
05 Nov 2019
Regulators are accepting comments on a petition to exempt small carriers from the ELD mandate, as the final compliance deadline for truck drivers and carriers approaches.
05 Nov 2019
As spot intermodal rates begin to save shippers more money than earlier in 2019, shippers are seeing reduced savings on contract business.
01 Nov 2019
Talk of a port-wide interoperable chassis pool no longer dominates discussions about how to increase efficiency in supplying chassis at the Port of New York and New Jersey, where a series of smaller measures have helped provide fluidity for truckers.
01 Nov 2019
The pace of hiring at US for-hire trucking companies continues to slow as low unemployment and alternative work challenge recruiters.
31 Oct 2019
Multiregional LTL carrier Saia generated more revenue, volume, and profit through expansion into the Northeast and in ‘legacy’ markets.
31 Oct 2019
Top intermodal providers had few positives in describing the current state of the market with little to no seasonal uptick in container volumes on rail.
30 Oct 2019
Large truckload carriers continue to shed trucks, according to the JOC Truckload Capacity Index. Logistics providers, however, report ample available truck capacity.
30 Oct 2019
Freight brokers believe spot market rates will remain lower than historical norms through the first half of 2020 despite a recent seasonal bump in rates.
29 Oct 2019
US motor carriers blamed “an oversupply of truckload capacity” for greater-than-expected pressure on earnings in the third quarter.
29 Oct 2019
Weston LaBar, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association, said turn times in Los Angeles-Long Beach have improved noticeably this year due to collaboration among truckers and marine terminal operators.
29 Oct 2019
Increased use of dimensioning equipment and more detailed cost analysis is seen lifting the floor for LTL and truckload pricing in the future.
29 Oct 2019
A venture capital-backed freight broker wants to create carpooling opportunities for LTL by using technology instead of physical terminals to aggregate shipments.
25 Oct 2019
US freight shippers are eyeing transportation budgets cautiously in 2020, as the truckload pricing cycle approaches its next turn in a slow-growing US economy.
24 Oct 2019
The stress imposed on the trucking sector by slower US economic growth is likely to be apparent across the board in third-quarter motor carrier financial reports.
24 Oct 2019
Forty-seven of the top 50 global transportation providers saw revenues rise in 2018, benefitting from a strong global economic growth and growing anticipation of reciprocal tariffs between the United States and China.
23 Oct 2019
Shippers and 3PLs would like to find ways to reduce the volatility in freight markets by communicating about costs, service, and safety.
22 Oct 2019
Technology will drive a revolution, not an evolution, in the trucking market in the next decade, solving some capacity issues by utilizing a driver’s time much better.
21 Oct 2019
A survey of small businesses shows truckers still looking for growth ahead, despite a tough market in 2019.
16 Oct 2019
J.B. Hunt Transport Services said its intermodal volume was flat in the third quarter, a positive given the 4.5 percent decline in total intermodal volume across the industry.
16 Oct 2019
There is no driver shortage, says the author. Trucking added drivers last year during a time of record-low unemployment, and presumably, the most competitive conditions possible in terms of available career alternatives to life in the driver’s seat. That doesn’t square with a hypothetical chronic shortage.
15 Oct 2019
Shippers are being urged to plan carefully for 2020, as signs begin to indicate the US truck market may swing again next year.
15 Oct 2019
Coyote Logistics’ chief strategy officer urges shippers to prepare now for a truckload market in 2020 that could look very different than today’s.
11 Oct 2019
Join us at the JOC Inland Distribution 2019 in Chicago, Oct. 21-23, to gauge direction of the market, interact with industry peers in regional Think Tanks, and begin to build your company's vision, budget, and plans for the next decade.
10 Oct 2019
Two refrigerated intermodal carriers, Marten Transport and KLLM Transport, have acquired 53-foot containers as US Class I railroads have been disincentivizing intermodal trailer use.
10 Oct 2019
The Reston, Virginia-based software supplier’s new “Book it Now” feature adds an execution element to its existing load-matching capabilities.
10 Oct 2019
Seven of the top 10 critical issues facing trucking directly involve truck drivers, with pay and detention joining the American Transportation Research Institute’s annual list.
09 Oct 2019
A California Court of Appeals has ruled that the “ABC” test can be applied retroactively, a decision that means truck drivers can calculate damages for past misclassification.
09 Oct 2019
A California-based digital freight marketplace sets a five-year goal to replace its asset-based diesel fleet with alternative power.
08 Oct 2019
A logistics veteran behind the growth of startups eventually bought out by C.H. Robinson and UPS Inc. has been named CEO of a new 3PL formed through a merger between Atomic Transport of Chicago and Cousins Logistics of Boca Raton, Florida.
08 Oct 2019
Canadian forwarder Manitoulin adds to its US holdings, expanding its global logistics network.