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.

Special Coverage

Where in the world are the Top 50 global transportation providers?
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

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.
14 Jan 2015
Faced with growing demand from retail and technology customers, UPS is expanding contract logistics operations in Europe.
12 Jan 2015
Larger international shippers increasingly use UPS's expedited freight service as a strategic "cushion" or aid in supply chain planning, as well as for urgent shipments.
A UPS driver prepares packages for delivery.
09 Jan 2015
UPS expects to handle 4 million returned gifts in the first week of January, a number that grows each year as consumers turn e-commerce into a two-way pipeline.
07 Jan 2015
Following a strong end to 2014, global air freight demand will rise 4.5 percent in 2015, outpacing the growth of world trade, the International Air Transport Association says.
07 Jan 2015
UPS is expanding its Worldwide Express Freight service, adding new origin and destination points for palletized

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.