As the $830 billion trucking industry prepares for what could be the first full “normal” year since the pandemic caused tidal waves in supply/demand cycles, the nation’s motor freight leaders are concentrating on strategy, operations, and execution.
However, they’re facing three key challenges along the way.
First and foremost, the search for qualified drivers continues, with demographics working against most carriers. Second, the merger and acquisition rush may not match 2022’s madness, but several large truckload carriers may choose to grow by acquisition instead of organically. Third, carriers feeling the need to replace aging equipment after pandemicrelated constraints limited their replacement tractor purchases may find the Class 8 market returning to normalcy.
In this Special Digital Issue, the editors of Logistics Management have curated stories that encapsulate the current state of U.S. motor freight services in an effort to help shippers understand the challenges their truckload, less-thantruckload, parcel and last-mile carriers now face as they aim to achieve service levels that match new digital demands.