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.
UPS Paris
25 Oct 2013
UPS today reported its revenue in the third quarter of 2013 was $13.5 billion, up 3.4 percent year-over-year, driven primarily by U.S. e-commerce shipments and strong European export growth.
15 Oct 2013
Kuehne + Nagel’s third-quarter earnings increased 8.3 percent year-over-year, even as the Swiss logistics giant’s core ocean container business stalled as it prioritized profit ahead of volume.
08 Oct 2013
UPS will expand its forwarding footprint in Asia under the guidance of new regional forwarding chief Jeff McCorstin, whose official appointment as president of global freight forwarding for the Asia-Pacific region was announced Tuesday.
01 Oct 2013
DHL is investing in new facilities in the Philippines on the back of improving economic growth and the expansion of air freight capacity at Clark International Airport.

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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