Inbound Logistics | September 2022


85% 78% 73% 71% 65% 60% 57% 54% 46% 38% 35% 31% 28% 23% 14%

TL Logistics services Brokerage Dedicated contract carriage LTL Temperature control Flatbed

Full truckload (TL) remains the most ubiquitous form of trucking service: 85% of our survey respondents stand ready to haul a trailer filled with product. If you have a smaller load, 65% of trucking companies in the survey can oer less-than-truckload (LTL) service. Seventy-one percent can promise reliable capacity through dedicated contract carriage. If you need a partner that can move your loads on other truckers’ assets as well as its own, or one that oers more than just transportation, you might contact the 78% of respondents that provide logistics services or the 73% that serve as transportation brokers. More specialized transportation services are less abundant but still readily available. For example, 60% of truckers oer temperature- controlled transportation, 57% provide flatbed service, 54% manage intermodal moves, and 46% provide expedited service.

Intermodal Expedited Bulk Final mile Household goods Tanker White glove Package


81% 76% 73% 71% 71% 61% 57% 55% 54% 39% 36%

As in 2021, the food and beverage industry is the segment where trucking companies are most likely to find their customers; 81% of respondents said they serve that industry. This represents a slight drop from last year, when 84% said they hauled food and beverage products. We’ve also seen a slight dip in the second-most popular commodity category, “freight all kinds,” which refers to multiple products combined in one load. In 2021, 80% of respondents were hauling that mixed freight; this year, the proportion is 76%. Other industries served by a significant portion of trucking companies include automotive (73%), construction and building materials (71%), retail/e- commerce (71%), and high-value commodities such as electronics and pharmaceuticals (61%). The percentage of trucking companies that serve customers in retail and/or e-commerce rose slightly in the past year, from 69% in 2021 to 71% in 2022. Both those numbers are a bit lower than in 2020—the earliest months of the pandemic—when 74% of truckers said they counted shippers in retail/e-commerce among their customers. Pre-pandemic, in 2019, the number was 75%. Retail/e-commerce represents a crucial customer segment for trucking companies, but its importance has ticked down slightly in the past two years.

Food and beverage

Freight all kinds


Construction and building materials


High value (electronics, pharma, etc.)




Oil, gas, and energy


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