Top 50 Global Transportation Providers

Top 50 Global Transportation Providers

Slowing growth characterized the world's 50 largest transportation and logistics companies in 2013 amid global economic uncertainty.

 

The total revenue of the world’s largest parcel carriers, logistics providers, ocean carriers and rail, intermodal and trucking operators declined $478 million in 2013 to $655.1 billion, according to transportation research and advisory firm SJ Consulting Group.

The flat-lining of Top 50 revenue reflects stunted and uneven global economic growth in 2013, the impact of fluctuations in currency value and decelerating growth in emerging economies such as Brazil and China. Advanced economies, still feeling the pain of the 2008 global financial crisis, faced high debt burdens and unemployment in 2013.

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Combined growth among the 50 largest transportation and logistics companies worldwide slowed to a halt in 2013 amid global economic uncertainty. The combined revenue of the 50 companies slipped 0.1 percent after increasing 2.6 percent in 2012 and 8.4 percent in 2011.

News & Analysis

19 Feb 2015
A healthier global economy, strong U.S. dollar and low fuel prices should give global logistics and transportation merger and acquisition activity a boost in 2015, according to consulting firm PwC US.
05 Feb 2015
Rising container volumes and pricing pushed up C.H. Robinson ocean forwarding revenue in late 2014, and the logistics operator is considering expansion in new trade lanes, particularly Asia to Europe.
04 Feb 2015
Capacity constraints, particularly in its core U.S. truckload market, are pushing rates, revenue and profit higher for the largest U.S. logistics company.
03 Feb 2015
The port congestion crisis on the U.S. West Coast and changing retail delivery patterns inland both challenged UPS in the fourth quarter, the company said today.
25 Jan 2015
With the global middle class set to grow by nearly 3 billion people by 2030, congestion threatens to choke trade and economic growth, economist Walter Kemmsies told the SMC3 2015 JumpStart conference last week.
23 Jan 2015
UPS is considering "new pricing strategies," including targeted peak-season surcharge prices, after spending $200 million more than expected to deliver packages this holiday season.

Commentary

When looking at the list of Top 50 Global Transportation and Logistics Providers, the major takeaway is that consolidated revenues for these multibillion-dollar companies showed flat growth in 2013. This suggests top-line growth for these companies slowed during the year and, while it did for many, adjusting revenue growth for foreign currency fluctuations tells a much different story.