Less-Than-Truckload

By Jeff Berman · July 1, 2015
Despite the prevailing challenges, the less-than-truckload (LTL) market is seeing steady volume growth and solid profits. Our top sector analysts offer their take on this now vital mode as shippers work to obtain the capacity they need at a rate that works for both parties.
By Peter Moore · July 1, 2015
LTL rate structures have started to morph from static, classification-based rate tables that have been in place since the 1930s through to the dimensional pricing experiments of the past few years. I say “through” because dimensional pricing is not an end, but a step toward dynamic pricing models that enable collaboration in real time for smart, connected shippers and carriers.
By Jeff Berman · June 2, 2015
SHIFT Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier that moves freight from California, Nevada, and Arizona to the Eastern half of the United States, said this week that it is now serving 1,400 new direct points in Michigan and Ohio.
By John Schulz · June 2, 2015
Less-than-truckload (LTL) bellwether Old Dominion Freight Line (ODFL) said this week that it has updated its second quarter expectations for growth in LTL tons per day, and year-over-year growth in LTL revenue per hundredweight, excluding fuel surcharges.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · April 1, 2015
Analysts say our annual listing reflects the management teams that are willing to get their hands dirty in order to compete in the cutthroat world of deregulated trucking. Here are the carriers that are leverage rolling assets and technology to post the most impressive financial numbers.
By John D. Schulz · March 17, 2015
The once-beleaguered $35 billion less-than-truckload (LTL) sector, beset by stagnant growth and lackluster profits for much of the past decade, is enjoying a revival. Mostly because of the strong industrial and retail economy, as well as tightness in capacity due to the lack of any new entrants in the past 10 years, the LTL sector is poised for one of its best profit years since at least 2004, industry executives and analysts say.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · March 1, 2015
Our panel of trucking analysts takes a deep dive into the federal regulations that are driving increased cost pressures on carriers—and, in turn, driving up rates on shippers.
By Jack Ampuja, Contributing Editor · January 1, 2015
The explosive growth of e-commerce and the impact it has had on small package and LTL deliveries has forced carriers to turn the tables and push the inefficiency penalty back to the shipper. Bottom line: It’s time to re-think your packaging—or get ready to cut a bigger check.
By Peter Moore · January 1, 2015
Shippers are about to experience a change in how carriers calculate domestic less-than-truckload (LTL) freight bills. Starting with a few carriers in the spot market in January, contract shippers will increasingly be approached by more carriers to start disclosing freight dimensions and weight with LTL freight tenders.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · November 1, 2014
As long as LTL carriers remain disciplined on capacity additions, and the U.S. industrial economy remains strong, the LTL sector is well positioned to continue expanding margins due to operating benefits from increased density and higher freight rates. Analysts agree: It’s time for shippers to pump up the freight budget.
By John D. Schulz · October 1, 2014
Three years ago, Candace Holowicki, the company’s director of global transportation and logistics, joined its Global Services Organization and helped to level functional silos and bring together procurement, logistics, operations, and continuous improvement areas—a move that now saves millions annually.
By LM Staff · August 21, 2014
Company officials said this service will be provided without any type of additional cost for customer shipments traveling from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, with expedited services available to customers outside of this area.
By Logistics Management Staff · August 1, 2014
As we wrap up the first half of 2014, the longer-haul less-than-truckload (LTL) sector is seeing a lot working in its favor, including better-than-expected volume levels. The sector is also enjoying a financial renaissance, one that Contributing Editor John Schulz says has the leading LTL carrier executives “breathing a collective sigh of relief.”
By Logistics Management Staff · August 1, 2014
The challenges faced by its longer-haul less-than-truckload (LTL) brethren are only magnified for carriers in the Regional LTL sector.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · August 1, 2014
Carriers are enjoying a solid 2014, but warn of a pending capacity crunch as driver availability worsens amid tighter federal regulations. Bottom line: Shippers who choose not to collaborate with their carriers and streamline operations will most certainly be hit with higher rates.

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