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

A field of sunflowers in Ukraine.
21 Apr 2014
The Russian invasion of the Ukrainian province of Crimea is shining a spotlight on the economic vulnerability of its smaller neighbor.
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.
A Home Depot fulfillment center
07 Mar 2014
It begins with a leaky faucet, or perhaps a broken piece of crown molding, or a washing machine, or ceiling fan. Something needs to be fixed, replaced, improved or installed — and the right tools are required to do it. That specific need generates the demand that sets the supply chain in motion at The Home Depot, and increasingly that demand first appears as an online order placed through the retailer’s website.
From left: Susan Pellechio, Staples; Mark D. Schweitzer, Archer Daniels Midland; and John Bowe, American Maritime Group.
07 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — The transportation and logistics industry is dealing with “significant” issues surrounding human capital and succession planning...
06 Mar 2014
Port Logistics Group, which operates more than 5 million square feet of warehouse space near three major port gateways, has been acquired by Endeavour Capital and members of the company’s management team.
05 Mar 2014
Panalpina returned to profitability in 2013 as a market-beating performance in the ocean container and air cargo markets offset anti-cartel fines in the U.S.

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