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

13 Nov 2014
Road and city drivers at a FedEx Freight terminal in Newark, N.J., voted against joining the Teamsters union — the second victory for FedEx Freight in four elections.
06 Oct 2014
A new survey of U.S. shippers suggests poor U.S.
06 Oct 2014
A Kansas court decision could influence 20 class action lawsuits claiming FedEx Ground drivers in the last decade were employees, not independent contractors.
03 Oct 2014
Major U.S. parcel carriers are pressuring retailers to be more realistic in shipping expectations in order to avoid a repeat of the 2013 holiday season, when over 2 million express packages were not delivered by Christmas Eve.
03 Oct 2014
UPS added 766 U.S. postal codes to its UPS Worldwide Express Plus network in the third quarter, extending the reach of its international earliest morning service deeper into the U.S.
A busy warehousing operation in Mexico
26 Sep 2014
Ryder System is expanding its inland distribution network in Mexico, starting with a transloading center for Chrysler at the Gulf Coast Port of Altamira.

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.