Logistics Providers

Logistics Providers

In-depth coverage of freight-forwarders, including the latest quarterly earnings mergers and acquisitions, and news about new technologies that promise to improve productivity, and reduce costs for freight forwarders, shippers, carriers and other stakeholders in the global trade community.

From the leading forwarders – such as DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker, Flexport, DSV, Expeditors, Panalpina, Nippon Express, UPS, Bollore Logistics, Ceva, Hellman and Geodis – to the smaller forwarders, JOC not only keeps the shipping community up to date with the latest headlines, but explains which news developments are likely to have a long-term impact on their supply chains and those of their customers.

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Commentary

Companies offering managed transportation management services have traditionally struggled to integrate parcel and last mile service into their traditional freight offerings, but the mandate to do so is growing thanks to e-commerce demand.

News & Analysis

29 Jul 2021
The second half of the year will bring no easing of the high rate-low service pain for shippers trying to move cargo out of Asia on the volatile air and ocean trades.
23 Jul 2021
The last-mile divisions of logistics providers Ryder Systems and TFI International are building new hubs and remodeling existing networks to deliver increased speed-to-market for their retail customers.
22 Jul 2021
The acquisition of third-party logistics provider Transplace will transform Uber Freight, providing greater access to shippers, as it builds a “fully-scaled” logistics platform.
16 Jul 2021
A new digital forwarding platform emerges in India to serve small 3PLs that want to provide shippers instant quotes and attached insurance and finance solutions.
15 Jul 2021
Supply chain-focused venture capital firm 8VC has partnered with the largest provider of cold storage facilities globally to fast-track the company’s technology development and adoption.
14 Jul 2021
Platforms aimed at helping 3PLs migrate their payables processes to electronic formats are helping the industry catch up to similar transformations taking place in other industries.
13 Jul 2021
Digital forwarders and investors are eyeing an underserved Latin American market with a combination of service models that have found success in other markets and local expertise that is difficult to replicate for outsiders.
01 Jul 2021
CMA CGM has acquired a rail operator in Spain, adding an intermodal dimension to the ocean carrier’s expanding integrated service portfolio.
30 Jun 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has shippers eyeing a blend of local and global sourcing locations, but with a focus on continuity of supply, according to a report by DSV and Cardiff University.
29 Jun 2021
High-profile digital intermediaries Flexport and Convoy are partnering to provide shippers an integrated ocean and truckload service by connecting their respective technology platforms.
25 Jun 2021
The largest US trucking company is more profitable than ever despite the capacity and service challenges posed by waves of e-commerce-generated freight and a resurgent industrial economy.
22 Jun 2021
Freightos is linking its freight marketplace and rate management products to offer forwarders a white label quoting and booking solution.
21 Jun 2021
Investment fund SoftBank has plowed $240 million into Flexport’s European rival Forto as it expands its bet on progress for the digital forwarding model.
17 Jun 2021
The e-commerce boom means more vehicles moving more goods, and potentially emitting more pollutants, but DHL also sees opportunities to advance sustainability goals on land, sea, and in the air as e-commerce expands.
17 Jun 2021
Record-high container freight rates are underscoring the need for shippers to be able to benchmark against peers, a factor in Oslo-based technology provider Xeneta nabbing a new round of venture capital Thursday.
14 Jun 2021
Heightened cargo demand and congestion issues at transshipment hub Colombo, Sri Lanka, are spurring new containerized rail services to India’s interior.
14 Jun 2021
A partnership between forwarder Shifl and visibility provider Terminal49 is representative of a market where forwarders need to help shippers overcome a deficiency of container status information.
11 Jun 2021
The planned merger of GlobalTranz and Worldwide Express, creating the fourth-largest freight brokerage in North America, allows the third-party logistics providers to pool parcel, less-than-truckload, and truckload capabilities in tight surface capacity market.
08 Jun 2021
With a new set of bots, a logistics automation startup is aiming to help forwarders minimize the labor they use to address customer enquiries, from spot quotes to track and trace status.
07 Jun 2021
It’s been difficult to wedge the benefits of ocean freight into the use of US Customs and Border Protection’s duty-free treatment for shipments valued at less than $800, but increased direct-to-consumer volume is changing the math for shippers.
04 Jun 2021
Non-vessel operating common carriers handled a majority of US imports from Asia through the first four months of the year as carriers limited bookings to their steady customers in the booming eastbound trans-Pacific.
27 May 2021
E2open’s acquisition of BluJay Solutions is its first since going public in February and gives it more TMS firepower, broader sales reach in Asia, and bolsters its ability to upsell to global forwarders.
26 May 2021
The speedy addition of new port transloading capacity in New Jersey shows the heightened demand from shippers to avoid congested rail ramps and tight drayage capacity.
26 May 2021
Vanguard Logistics has begun providing forwarder customers direct access to rates via Freightos’s WebCargo product, a shift designed to expedite the quoting and booking process.
19 May 2021
Convoy is expanding its drop-and-hook program to cover more spot freight, a move that lets shippers negotiate demand variability without sacrificing the efficiency benefits of pre-staged loads.
17 May 2021
A new funding round for Zencargo is a further signal that the digital forwarding model has legs in a market where turning to a logistics provider to incorporating data in planning decisions has become the norm.
13 May 2021
Optimal Dynamics, a technology provider that helps truckload fleets optimize the deployment of their assets, has landed a large early-stage funding round led by well-regarded venture firm Bessemer.
12 May 2021
Transportation and warehousing firms losing employees may be competing more often with contractor-based gig economy businesses; trucking, however, is expanding its payroll.
11 May 2021
An integration with transportation software provider MercuryGate connects Trucker Tools to broker users, but also gives it a more direct link to shippers.
10 May 2021
The importance of integrating rate management capability into a forwarder operating system has driven Descartes to acquire German software maker Portrix, the third such acquisition by a widely used forwarding system in recent years.
07 May 2021
BluJay Solutions’ acquisition of a rail transportation management software provider rounds out its solutions for shippers that struggle with coordinating rail shipments with movements in other surface transportation modes.
06 May 2021
Perishable shippers seeking to wean themselves off a reliance on brokers have a new venture-backed platform that connects them directly with a network of pre-vetted reefer carriers.
28 Apr 2021
Freight broker and forwarder C.H. Robinson is growing LTL volume "faster than the marketplace” as US shippers scramble to find available capacity for shipments.
28 Apr 2021
The rise of Amazon, Flexport, and other digitally native logistics providers has forced midmarket and enterprise forwarders to upgrade their visibility, analytics, and user interface tools, a mandate Logixboard has oriented its software around.
23 Apr 2021
Third-party logistics and software firms such as C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Blume Global are broadening the use of technology to drive emissions out of supply chains, increasingly for smaller customers as well as global corporations.