Top 50 Global Transportation Providers

Revenue at the 50 largest transportation and logistics companies worldwide shrank 8.5 percent in 2015 from the year before to $753.8 billion. Only eight — UPS, FedEx, C.H. Robinson, Hapag-Lloyd, SF Express, Expeditors International, and J.B. Hunt — registered increased revenue.

Currency fluctuations were an important factor in the Top 50 revenue decline, as almost every other currency declined in value against the dollar in 2015, a lot of them by double-digits. Slower economic growth and the ensuing weak demand for trade and transportation services also played a big role.

This year’s list is the fifth 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.

Special Coverage

Of the world’s top 50 transportation service providers, only a handful registered revenue growth in 2015.   

News & Analysis

21 Feb 2017
As XPO gains global scale, it is blending disparate networks to offer new services to shippers.
16 Aug 2016
Technology platform will enable dispatchers and drivers at small companies that contract with the logistics to book loads, assign them to trucks and track vehicles and shipments.
CEVA Logistics' contract logistics division performed well for the company, recording its best revenue growth since the beginning of 2015.
05 Aug 2016
CEVA Logistics posted lower revenue and earnings in the first half.
The acquisition of UTi Worlwide made DSV the world’s fourth-largest freight forwarder and the benefits of the deal are being felt sooner than anticipated.
05 Aug 2016
DSV’s second-quarter profit rose as it “neutralized” the operating deficit of recently acquired UTi Worldwide.
04 Aug 2016
With cost controls, disciplined pricing and a sharp eye on volume margins, XPO Logistics positions LTL for more profitable growth.
03 Aug 2016
XPO's North American LTL operations, the former Con-way, led the company's drive to its first quarterly net profit.

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.