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

16 Dec 2014
With the acquisition of GENCO, everything old is new again for FedEx — or at least resellable.
YRC trucks
18 Feb 2014
With a refinancing deal and Teamsters contract that give YRC Worldwide a five-year reprieve, CEO James Welch will focus all efforts at improving “execution” at troubled YRC Freight and on serving shippers better.
YRC Freight truck
14 Feb 2014
YRC Worldwide, the second largest LTL trucker, has five more years to recover from more than $3 billion in losses thanks to a $1.1 billion refinancing package and a decade of Teamsters concessions.
31 Jan 2014
YRC Worldwide will get an additional two weeks to pay or refinance $69.4 million in long-term debt as it closes a $300 million debt-for-equity swap.
Serious-looking boy with Christmas lights
31 Jan 2014
Embarrassed by late deliveries that lowered profits this holiday season, UPS lays out its strategy for improved forecasting, collaboration with shippers and package delivery at the next holiday peak.
UPS driver and packages
30 Jan 2014
The largest U.S. transportation and logistics company increased its profit dramatically in 2013, though holiday delivery disruptions took a bite out of fourth-quarter earnings.

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.