Top 50 Transportation and Logistics Companies

Top 50 Transportation and Logistics Companies

Slowing growth characterized the world's 50 largest transportation and logistics companies in 2012 as the global economy sputtered.

The combined revenue of the largest parcel carriers, third-party logistics providers, ocean carriers and rail, intermodal and trucking operators rose just 2.6 percent, to $670.4 billion, compared with a more robust 8.4 percent growth rate the year before, according to SJ Consulting Group.

That slowdown reflected disappointing trends in international trade and uncertainty about the longevity of the economic recovery in the U.S. that have lifted only slightly, if at all, in 2013, challenging shippers with global supply chains.

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The 50 largest transportation and logistics companies worldwide grew more slowly in 2012 as the global economy sputtered, increasing revenue only 2.6 percent compared with a more robust 8.4 percent combined growth rate in 2011.

News & Analysis

15 Oct 2014
The Teamsters union is intensifying efforts to organize truck drivers and other workers at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight, the two largest U.S. less-than-truckload trucking companies.
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

The latest earnings from UPS reveal two trends that might at first seem contradictory: e-commerce is growing in leaps and bounds globally, and customers are choosing to defer delivery on packages to get greater savings.

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