LTL Trucking Logistics

LTL Trucking Logistics

News pertaining to the transportation and logistics services provided by LTL (Less than truckload shipping or less than load (LTL) carriers, which transport relatively small freight. The alternatives to LTL carriers are parcel carriers or full truckload carriers. Parcel carriers usually handle small packages and freight that can be broken down into units less than 150 pounds (68 kg). Full truckload carriers move freight that is loaded into a semi-trailer. Semi-trailers are typically between 26 and 53 feet (7.92 and 16.15 m) and require a substantial amount of freight to make such transportation economical

Finally, the most commonly referenced LTL are shipments via “common” carriers that handle freight above what would normally ship via FedEx Ground, or UPS or U.S. Mail parcel services (about 150 pounds), to just under what would usually be considered a Truck Load at about 20,000 pounds or more than 14 pallets. LTL common carriers are also more likely to accept loose (non-palletized) cargo than the other two. The biggest of the LTL “Common” Carriers are the Freight divisions of FedEx and UPS, and YRC Freight (Formerly Yellow Freight and Roadway). Other large national carriers include YRC, FedEx Freight, or UPS Freight, such as: Old Dominion Freight Lines, Saia, or Estes-Express to name a few.

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News & Analysis

24 Jun 2019
The front-loading of Chinese imports to avoid tariffs is disrupting US less-than-truckload distribution networks, forcing reallocation of resources.
19 Jun 2019
Many of the communications systems knocked out by a ransomware attack against A. Duie Pyle have been restored. But the attack signals a growing cyber threat.
19 Jun 2019
Ike, a developer of automated trucks led by veterans of Uber, Google and Apple, says ATs are entering a new phase, but still many years from widespread use.
18 Jun 2019
Logistics growth is moderating, but shipper of choice programs are surviving because lower rates won't guarantee on-time delivery, speakers at the CSCMP State of Logistics Report launch said.
17 Jun 2019
A ransomware attack temporarily knocked communications offline at one of the largest Northeast less-than-truckload carriers.
12 Jun 2019
Canadian shippers preparing for the upcoming electronic logging device mandate have a good model in the US experience.
10 Jun 2019
Transportation consulting firm Trans-Logistics Group is expanding its advisory services for US freight shippers, opening an office in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
06 Jun 2019
Schneider and Landstar this week offered a tepid assessment of the truckload market in 2019 as spot rates continue to be down double digits from last year, while contract rates have turned negative, too. But there are positive signs in the data.
06 Jun 2019
Less-than-truckload volumes continue to decline, but revenue and pricing remain stable, says Old Dominion Freight Line president and CEO Greg C. Gantt.
05 Jun 2019
Estes Express is one of several US less-than-truckload carriers expanding its non-LTL business as shippers look for more services from carrier partners.
04 Jun 2019
US shippers facing a new 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods are expected to rush goods north before a June 10 deadline. That could create more costly congestion.
30 May 2019
At the congested US-Mexico border, the focus is shifting from expediting stranded shipments to managing capacity to optimize the flow of truck freight.
23 May 2019
Seasonal adjustments and other factors may have amplified a surprising truck tonnage gain reported by the American Trucking Associations last month.
21 May 2019
Retail giants Walmart and Amazon have entered into conversations directly with Class I railroads to enter in service agreements, bucking the historical structure in which shippers are required to use intermediaries to procure space.
20 May 2019
At a time when freight volumes should be increasing, they’re slowing, casting a shadow over the outlook for US trucking and intermodal rail operators.
16 May 2019
Shippers need contingency plans, and action, to deal with the threat of more truck congestion and freight delays at the US-Mexico border, logistics executives tell JOC.com.
15 May 2019
With a new five-year contract finally in place, YRC Worldwide is working to recover less-than-truckload shippers who withheld or shifted business in the months before the Teamsters contract was approved.
14 May 2019
The FMCSA is seeking comments on plans for a second pilot program testing whether 18- to 20-year-olds should drive trucks in interstate commerce.
14 May 2019
Shippers shouldn’t be worried about large carriers shutting down, but smaller trucking firms are vulnerable as the freight market softens.
08 May 2019
Truck registrations are surging, but shippers are getting better at their game, creating new capacity through efficiencies, speakers say at the Transplace Shipper Symposium.
07 May 2019
Trucking companies say a proposal by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to charge a fee for vehicles entering a “congestion pricing” zone in Manhattan would drive up costs that would then be passed on to shippers.
07 May 2019
Fast-rising operating expenses for Europe’s road freight industry have overpowered the traditional supply-demand effect with an increase in both capacity and rates.
03 May 2019
A new contract was approved by 60 percent of YRC Worldwide Teamsters, but the rejection of one supplement holds up ratification.
02 May 2019
XPO Logistics CEO Brad Jacobs says the company has “gotten its mojo back” after losing a $600 million account, and although there is plenty of data to suggest XPO will be fine in the long term, there are still some concerns that the road ahead will be bumpy.
29 Apr 2019
Uber Freight has established a direct integration into SAP’s widely used TMS, enabling the digital broker to expand the demand side of its marketplace and SAP users to tap into Uber’s driver network.
26 Apr 2019
An infusion of trucks and tractors from bankrupt NEMF would help Estes stretch its service offerings further beyond LTL and deeper into flatbed and dedicated truckload markets.
25 Apr 2019
Some of the biggest trucking companies are riding the 2018 wave well into 2019, and they’re focused more on building profit than revenue as the US economy slows.
22 Apr 2019
The 50 largest US trucking operators grabbed a larger share of the market, while smaller carriers raised the bar in terms of revenue growth last year thanks to the strongest freight market since the 2009 recession.
18 Apr 2019
A large number of small and midsize US trucking companies report competitors charging “unsustainably low rates” in a recent Bibby Financial Services survey.
17 Apr 2019
Some Customs agents are returning to US-Mexico border crossings following weeks of cargo congestion, but long delays continue in locations such as Pharr, Texas.
17 Apr 2019
The UK freight transport industry will need government support if any real advances are to be made in decarbonizing the supply chain.
12 Apr 2019
A tentative contract would give Teamsters at carrier YRC Worldwide an 18 percent wage increase over five years but would still leave wages lower than at competing carriers.
08 Apr 2019
President Trump’s threats to shut down the US-Mexico border grabbed headlines last week, but freight congestion caused by a shift in Customs resources to handle a surge immigration is already costing US importers millions of dollars each day.
08 Apr 2019
Trucking operators and shippers should be keeping a close eye on the implementation of a National Drug and Alcohol Driver Database and other potential regulatory changes that will affect available capacity.
05 Apr 2019
A drop in the number of truckers at the smallest US trucking companies could indicate a market shift toward large carriers as spot truckload rates seek bottom.