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

Making Christmas ornaments in a maquiladora.
15 Apr 2014
JUAREZ, Mexico — Each Christmas ornament or mannequin that is shipped from here to major U.S. retailers is a sign of Mexico’s growing competitive edge with China.
Supply chain sustainability
18 Mar 2014
The definition of “supply chain sustainability” has morphed significantly since it came into use 10 or 15 years ago.
17 Mar 2014
UPS will raise its less-than-truckload general base rates an average of 4.4 percent March 31...
DHL Boeing 757
14 Mar 2014
The world’s largest transportation and logistics company is getting larger as demand for e-commerce, time definite international express delivery and supply chain services drives up revenue and profit at Deutsche Post DHL.
13 Mar 2014
Orbcomm, a global wireless asset-tracking company, has acquired Euroscan, expanding its product line and ability to track refrigerated containers and trailers worldwide.
13 Mar 2014
In the 14-year growth of INTTRA, it has evolved from a startup launched by several carriers as an online cargo-booking service for their customers into a portal where shippers can see where...
Mexico was the top market for U.S. pork exports by volume in January, although the No. 1 market in terms of value was Japan.
12 Mar 2014
U.S. red meat exports kicked off 2014 on a “positive note,” although market conditions suggest the year ahead could be “challenging,” according to statistics...
Shoes
12 Mar 2014
Rising labor costs and a shortage of workers in coastal China are two of the most serious problems footwear producers in that country face...
Peter Frederiksen, a member of the executive board of Hamburg Süd, addresses Cool Cargoes track attendees at the JOC’s TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., on March 3.
10 Mar 2014
Overcapacity is a threat to container lines’ refrigerated cargo segment this year, despite projected growth in the global reefer market, according to Peter Frederiksen, a member of the executive board of Hamburg Süd.
From left: Tay Yoshitani, Port of Seattle; Robert Leachman, University of California, Berkeley;John Wheeler, South Carolina State Ports Authority; Michael Murphy, CenterPoint Properties; Richard Smith, Sears Holdings Corp.
10 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Retailers and other beneficial cargo owners that import merchandise from Asia make their routing decisions based on where the goods are produced, the U.S. destination, the cost of transportation, the value of the cargo and its sensitivity to transit time.
Jaymie Forrest, Alexander Proudfoot
10 Mar 2014
The U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act has impacted the global food supply chain and, by extension, global reefer carriers too.

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Commentary

Transshipping can be fraught with costs, time and risk that need to be fully recognized, weighed and accepted before proceeding with this option.