Deep Dive

Industry insights from our journalists

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    Waste industry braces for ‘bumps and bruises’ in EV rollout as California sets the pace

    Haulers and vehicle manufacturers at WasteExpo said they expect a potential collision between regulation-fueled demand and limited supply of battery-electric trucks. Charging infrastructure is also a growing concern.

    Jacob Wallace • May 12, 2023
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    Investment firms BlackRock, Vanguard shift stakes across carriers

    Top financial juggernauts raised their stakes in carriers such as Knight-Swift but diverged in their investment choices elsewhere. Here's what analysts say matter for the trucking industry in the year ahead.

    David Taube • April 7, 2023
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    Rooted in Richmond: How Virginia’s capital spawned 3 LTL giants

    The often-intertwined histories of Overnite Transportation Co., Old Dominion Freight Line and Estes Express Lines offer lessons to today’s fleet executives.

    Colin Campbell and Shaun Lucas • April 4, 2023
  • XPO Logistics founder Brad Jacobs and Mario Harik talk between photos with colleagues in front of the New York Stock Exchange on the day of the Nov. 1 spinoff of RXO, the company's brokerage arm.
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    Why XPO and its spinoffs expect growth even as Brad Jacobs steps back

    The logistics juggernaut has broken up. But incoming executives plan to continue the founder's emphasis on tech integration and creating shareholder value.

    Colin Campbell • Nov. 2, 2022
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    How the trucking industry is helping feed a million Floridians after Hurricane Ian

    Operation BBQ Relief drew volunteer drivers from across the country to deliver much-needed supplies in the storm’s aftermath.

    Colin Campbell • Oct. 10, 2022
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    Why gas tax breaks could 'do little to nothing' to help trucking companies

    Despite temporary relief in some states, truckers worry the International Fuel Tax Agreement will negate any savings.

    Colin Campbell • March 28, 2022
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    'A lonely profession': How COVID-19 took a toll on drivers' mental health

    Two years into a pandemic that's left many drivers isolated, industry experts urge new support systems and more open dialogue.

    Katie Pyzyk • March 16, 2022
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    High trucking rates prompt food shippers to wade into logistics

    A deluge of freight pushed up prices as shortages of tractors, trailers and replacement parts have kept capacity tight.

    Shefali Kapadia • Feb. 14, 2022
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    Battery-electric vs. hydrogen trucks: The debate heads into 2022

    As fleets eye a future with zero emissions, industry remains undecided whether BEVs or FCEVs will come out ahead.

    Jim Stinson • Jan. 25, 2022
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    Regulations, costs dissuade truck carriers from hauling in the Northeast

    Connecticut was once one of the crown business jewels of the Northeast. Now, the state is steadily losing people and, with them, businesses.

    Jim Stinson • Jan. 14, 2022
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    Lofty used truck prices forge a divide between large sellers and small buyers

    Prices for used trucks, at times exceeding new Class 8 prices, test the financials of owner-operators and small fleets. 

    Jim Stinson • Dec. 22, 2021
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    Did FMCSA Clearinghouse shrink the driver pool and challenge recruitment?

    The answer depends on who in the transport industry you ask.

    S.L. Fuller • Nov. 29, 2021
  • An aereal shot of the San Pedro Bay ports, Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, provided in a news release on Oct. 26, 2021.
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    Trucking's role in untangling the web of West Coast port congestion

    The driver shortage has become a "scapegoat" for bottlenecks as empty containers, low yard productivity, limited space and unavailable chassis converge.

    Jim Stinson • Nov. 22, 2021
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    Driver referrals in the age of social media: A modern twist on recruitment

    Peer engagement demystifies the industry and creates solidarity among truckers, which can make the job more attractive.

    Katie Pyzyk • Nov. 19, 2021
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    Dedicated business booms for fleets as shippers avoid the pricey spot market

    With capacity tight, companies are considering the benefits of a private fleet. But, as one Werner executive said, operating one is easier said than done.

    Jim Stinson • Oct. 19, 2021
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    The rise of LTL: How e-commerce changed the middle mile

    Businesses are shipping smaller quantities of freight more frequently, and it's a pricey business for everyone involved.

    S.L. Fuller • Oct. 6, 2021
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    What 3G's sunset means for supply chain visibility tech

    Trucking is overwhelmed with cargo, and swapping out devices means pulling trailers off the road.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Sept. 13, 2021
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    From sapling to pure-play LTL: The story of XPO Logistics under Jacobs

    Bradley Jacobs is a relentless numbers man and a serial entrepreneur. And he's one thing neither XPO nor GXO can replace.

    Jim Stinson • July 30, 2021
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    Transport execs confront high-stakes decision: remote, office or hybrid work?

    USA Truck's business boomed as employees worked from home during the pandemic. Bringing them back means weighing safety, culture and productivity.

    Shefali Kapadia • June 23, 2021
  • Firefighters set a backfire to protect homes and try to contain the Blue Ridge Fire on October 27, 2020 in Chino Hills, California
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    More frequent, severe wildfires threaten California's growing logistics network

    Fires can clog and cut off freight arteries, creating choke points for inventory traveling via truck and rail.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • June 1, 2021
  • Cargo ships (C) hold shipping containers as other containers sit at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest seaport, on September 18, 2018 in San Pedro, California
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    As storms become more frequent and volatile, some ports plan for the risk — but most do not

    The interconnectedness of ports leave assets such as warehouses, trucking networks and railroads vulnerable to disruptions from climate change and rising sea levels.

    Matt Leonard • June 1, 2021
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    Trucking has no fear of a bubble in 2021

    An amalgamation of trucking-market factors has broken the traditional formula for boom and bust.

    Jim Stinson • April 26, 2021
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    4 tools to fight fraud, cyberattacks in the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain

    Sensors can share in real time if tractor-trailer doors open unexpectedly when transporting vaccines.

    Deborah Abrams Kaplan • April 14, 2021
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    Congested West Coast ports bring the heat to TL spot rates

    Delayed off the coast of the Golden State are a mix of consumer and industrial needs that are likely to keep capacity tight and truckers busy.

    Jim Stinson • March 31, 2021
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    Sleep apnea: A slow killer lurks among OTR truck drivers

    Fatigue management and safety programs are taking root in the freight business, as trucking firms address the issue without federal regulators.

    Jim Stinson • Feb. 25, 2021