Top 50 Global Transportation Providers

The 50 largest transportation and logistics companies worldwide increasedtheir combined revenue 2 percent in 2014 to $759.2 billion. The 2 percent gain by the 50 largest transportation service providers in 2014 marked a turnaround after the group’s combined revenue dropped 0.1 percent in 2013. However, their growth was stronger in 2012, at 2.6 percent, and 2011, at 8.4 percent.

A healthier U.S. economy played a major role in pulling the Top 50 group out of the doldrums last year. Thirty-six of the Top 50 increased revenue in 2014, compared with 29 in 2013. Still, only five companies boosted revenue by double-digit percentages, down from six last year.

This year’s list is the fourth annual ranking of the Top 50 Global Transportation Service Providers by SJ Consulting and The Journal of Commerce. The list ranks companies from five continents by revenue.

The global economy slipped again in 2015, however. The IMF expects global GDP to rise 3.1 percent this year, and to climb 3.6 percent in 2016. The current slowdown in the U.S. and worldwide this year should be evident in next year’s rankings.

Special Coverage

A look at how the Top 50 Global Transportation Providers break down by continent and regional revenue.

News & Analysis

02 Feb 2016
UPS surmounted peak-season challenges to deliver 692 million packages in its busiest season — a 7 percent increase from the previous year. Big Brown said it expects higher revenue, profits and volumes in 2016, as e-commerce keeps growing.
18 Jan 2016
XPO plans to put the former Con-way Freight's outsourced linehaul work up for bid for the first time in years, part of a broader plan to seek greater savings in its logistics and transportation businesses, chairman and CEO Bradley S. Jacobs said.
15 Jan 2016
Deutsche Bahn is said to be facing growing opposition from the German government to its plan to partially privatize its DB Schenker Logistics unit as part of a broad restructuring to finance growth and cut debt.
16 Dec 2015
A steady influx of e-commerce shipments on the ground gave FedEx lift in the quarter that ended Nov. 30, despite weakness in global trade and faltering U.S. industrial production.
11 Dec 2015
Mergers and acquisitions dominated transportation industry headlines throughout 2015, and the trend is likely to continue into 2016.
07 Nov 2015
A 2 percent gain by the world's Top 50 largest transportation service providers in 2014 marked a turnaround after the group’s combined revenue slipped 0.1 percent in 2013.

Commentary

Numerous events over the last year will shape how the ranking of the world’s top transportation and logistics companies looks at the end of 2016. UPS’s reign as the world’s largest transportation company may be short-lived, because several other companies are racing toward the top.