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United States Full Truckload (FTL) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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  • 120 Pages
  • May 2021
  • Region: United States
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5332816
The Coronavirus Pandemic has continued to cause unpredictable market conditions in the trucking industry.

As the nation navigates new economic and health challenges, logistics companies are drawing on survival tactics - like conserving capital, strengthening the bottom line, and cutting costs - to weather the storm.

The market has seen one scenario play out over and over again: Shippers with less-than truckload-size loads are paying for full truckload (FTL) service to ensure faster delivery of goods, resulting in space and spend inefficiencies.

This sector has been attacked by startups the most. This is because it’s less complex than LTL and parcel, and it contains a larger piece of the pie. The most funded startups like Transfix, Convoy, and Uber Freight focus on freight-matching. Essentially, they are replacing traditional brokers by utilizing mobile technology and automating manual operations.

Self-driving technology is likely to disrupt this segment first, because FTL is mainly long-haul, and it’s easier to teach a truck to drive on a highway than on busy streets.

Key Market Trends

Growing automotive logistics market

The United States is the world`s second-biggest auto market and the automotive industry plays a crucial role in US imports and exports.it is also the second-largest automobile importer in the world after European Union.

Autonomous trucks would disrupt road transport. In the next two years, “platooning,” a technique to connect wirelessly a convoy of trucks to a lead truck, allowing them to operate safely much closer together and realize fuel efficiencies would feature. In about five years, the next wave, driverless platooning, will take hold. On interstate highways, these platoons will feature a driver in the lead truck and unmanned trucks following close behind. Upon leaving the highway, drivers will resume control of each vehicle.

Supply chain control towers would make their way to the top spot as a major digital disruptor, as the automotive supply chain industry is a global network this helps major automakers like BMW and Mercedes building their control towers integrating their logistics players. Logistics players who can leverage on digital twin would likely gain a lot because this would help in capturing many automotive players.

As full truckload transportation reduces the cost and time take for delivering products which in turn, is likely to remain growing during the forecast period, thereby providing lucrative opportunities to the automotive industry to cater large trucks to the transportation and freight shipping industry.

Growing cold chain logistics in the country

The United States represents the world's largest market for temperature-sensitive healthcare products such as biopharmaceuticals, vaccines, and clinical trial materials. The potency of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines requires temperature-controlled packaging, storage, and transportation.

The challenge of perishability and the need to preserve food and non-food categories at optimal temperatures to prevent spoilage is the major growth enabler for the refrigerated trucking market in the United States.

The United States needs to have refrigerated truck transport and trailers for long-haul transportation to avoid food spoilage, thereby influencing the market. The demand for temperature-controlled logistics continues to grow upward trajectory as perishable food items and medicines need to be maintained at optimal temperatures throughout the cold chain until they reach end-consumers. This demand pushes more opportunities for vendors to increase their investments that could benefit both refrigerated trucking companies and perishable food manufacturers as well.

Competitive Landscape

Unlike LTL and parcel, FTL is very fragmented. The top 50 Fleets comprise roughly 10% in revenues, and 90% of fleets have fewer than six trucks.

Some of the largest fleets in this sector include Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc, J.B. Hunt, Schneider, However, it’s not difficult to lease a truck and start a carrier operation. Therefore, this segment is extremely fragmented, with 90% of fleets having fewer than six trucks.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview (Current Market Scenario of Market and Economy)
4.2 Government Regulations and Initiatives
4.3 Technological Trends
4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market (Short-term and Long-term Effect on the Market and Economy)
4.5 Overview of Trucking Industry in United States
4.6 Market Drivers
4.7 Market Restraints/Challenges
4.8 Market Opportunities
4.9 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.9.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.9.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.9.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.9.4 Threat of Substitutes
4.9.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value)
5.1 Destination
5.1.1 Domestic
5.1.2 International
5.2 Fleet type
5.2.1 Hire
5.2.2 Private
6.1 Overview (Market Concentration Overview, Major Players)
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.1 Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc
6.2.2 Schneider National
6.2.3 J.B. Hunt Transport Services
6.2.4 Landstar System
6.2.5 Werner Enterprises
6.2.6 U.S. Xpress Enterprises
6.2.7 CRST International
6.2.8 Prime inc
6.2.9 Crete Carrier Corporation
6.2.10 USA Truck
6.3 Other Companies (Key Information/Overview )

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc
  • Schneider National
  • J.B. Hunt Transport Services
  • Landstar System
  • Werner Enterprises
  • U.S. Xpress Enterprises
  • CRST International
  • Prime inc
  • Crete Carrier Corporation
  • USA Truck