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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DHL facility
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

Damco warehouse
26 Aug 2014
Carriers’ strategy to bundle logistics services with container shipping services appears to be “unraveling,” according to Alphaliner’s latest newsletter.
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.


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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