Every year, Transport Topics ranks the nation’s top transportation companies. The economic downturn has been hard on carriers, between sky-high fuel prices and the sharp drop in demand, but the leaders in the magazine’s 2009 top 10 remained the same as the year prior.
1. United Parcel Service – Go big brown. The world’s largest package delivery company has been hurt by the recession but UPS continues to see growth overseas, particularly in Asia and the
2. FedEx – Between FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx Office, this company has it covered. Its express delivery business makes up most of its sales but its ground and freight units are its fastest growing.
3. DHL Express (USA) – It may be the American branch of German delivery giant DHL but it provides fewer services to the US of A than it did last year. To cut costs, DHL Express (USA) stopped all its air and ground services in 2009 within the
4. YRC Worldwide – A major player in less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation, YRC encompasses a national carrier, regional carriers, a logistics unit, and a truckload subsidiary. To compete with UPS and FedEx, YRC is now offering next-day services.
5. Ryder System – Fleet management makes up more than half of Ryder’s sales but the company also provides supply chain services and dedicated contract carriage. Ryder is focusing on its North American, Asian, and European operations.
6. Con-way Inc. – This company is a leading carrier, LTL and truckload. After acquiring CFI in 2007, Con-way is concentrating on integrating its enlarged truckload operations.
7. Penske Truck Leasing – Penske leases trucks and also provides warehousing and distribution. The company has expanded its full-service facilities in the
8. J.B. Hunt Transport Services – Its intermodal unit is J.B. Hunt’s largest but it also provides truckload transportation in
9. Schneider National – This bright orange truckload company offers a variety of services, including supply chain management. In 2008 Schneider started regional freight hauling operations to diversify.
10. Swift Transportation – Focusing on regional routes for truckload transportation is Swift’s specialty. The company also has expanded its intermodal services.