International Logistics

Global logistics represents the process involved in getting a product from the factory floor to the store shelf, and everything in between. It includes the global sourcing of the product — where it’s manufactured — its transportation, the industrial real estate sites and warehouses that hold it prior to delivery, the logistics management software and other technology used throughout the supply chain and the third-party logistics providers who manage the process from beginning to end.

News & Analysis

17 Apr 2014
The rise in labor costs in China and other countries has led to the inclusion of more countries in the global supply chain, but a Standard Chartered report argues that the pace of manufacturing’s migration to lower-cost countries will be slow, especially for higher-value goods.
01 Apr 2014
Major Japanese international freight forwarder Yusen Logistics Co. released a new medium-term management plan that calls for boosting its group operating revenue by 25 percent within the next three years, but its ambitions go even further.
01 Apr 2014
Descartes Systems Group has acquired Computer Management USA to expand its software as a service offering for logistics clients, particularly those in the U.S. air freight industry.
01 Apr 2014
The Swiss manufacturer of key distribution system components is expanding its own distribution and manufacturing footprint in the U.S. as e-commerce demand fuels distribution center construction.
01 Apr 2014
Transportation writer Greg Knowler joined the JOC today as senior editor for Asia.
Adam Roth
01 Apr 2014
Adam Roth, director of NAI Global Logistics, discusses projected changes in capacity, especially in trucking; rapid growth in Mexico and the transportation network for moving cargo from that nation; rising use of intermodal and railroads; and anticipated increases in the cost of transportation versus the cost of real estate.
27 Mar 2014
An early produce season is already tightening the supply of available northbound tractor-trailers coming from Mexico, Transplace's Troy Ryley says. That's a warning sign for shippers watching truck capacity closely.
26 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero told Congress today that commissioners were reviewing a memorandum that mitigates some of the shipping industry’s concerns with the agency’s proposed overhaul of ocean transportation intermediary rules.
26 Mar 2014
Heavy snow and frigid temperatures in the Midwest will keep Universal Truckload Services' earnings from rising to their projected levels in the first quarter, the trucking firm warned. It's not alone.
25 Mar 2014
Li & Fung, the Hong Kong-based consumer goods sourcing, logistics and distribution group, has acquired China Container Line as part of a new restructuring strategy...
24 Mar 2014
New software could help trucking companies enforce truck driver detention policies and collect fines from shippers that keep drivers waiting beyond agreed limits.

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Commentary

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