International Logistics

International Logistics

Logistics news, intelligence and analysis about the various components of the international logistics supply chain; including warehousing and distribution centers, refrigerated supply chains (“the cold chain”), advanced logistics technologies, and third-party logistics (“3PL”) providers around the world. Extensive coverage of companies in the JOC’s Top 50 Global Logistics listings, including DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker, CH Robinson, DSV, XPO Logistics, UPS Supply Chain, CEVA Logistics, Expeditors International and JB Hunt. [as ranked in the 2017 list, published in 2018]. Looking to the future, major global logistics firms are continuing to make significant investments in upgrading their technological platforms, so they can match the needs of shippers with the specialized capabilities of carriers. The major motivations for the adoption of new technologies continue to be a need to increase efficiency and lower costs despite the growing demands of customers for higher levels of customer service. JOC regularly publishes updated rankings of the major international logistics providers in terms of revenues.

News & Analysis

02 Dec 2020
US shippers’ acute need for truck capacity is driving activity in the dedicated contract carriage market, including Penske Logistics’ acquisition of Black Horse Carriers.
02 Dec 2020
Freight broker Transfix will integrate predictive visibility data from project44 to augment its existing app-based GPS location data as part of a long-term agreement with the multimodal visibility provider.
01 Dec 2020
Flock Freight, which uses software to aggregate less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments into multi-stop truckloads, has received more than $100 million to expand its alternative to the hub-and-spoke model.
01 Dec 2020
E-commerce growth has driven appetite for on-demand warehousing space, which propelled software provider Flexe toward a $70 million funding round Tuesday.
27 Nov 2020
Automation, self-invoicing bolster traditional third-party payment audit model
24 Nov 2020
The holiday season began with strong on-time last-mile delivery rates for FedEx, UPS, and USPS, but consumers are likely to see one- to two-day delays during an unusual 2020 holiday season.
24 Nov 2020
Yang Ming has joined the growing list of container lines to offering a digital quoting and booking channel, with its use of software from BlueX Trade also a sign that this trend is taking root in Asia.
24 Nov 2020
Toronto-based freight marketplace Shipz has partnered with a trio of software firms to enable users to access to adjacent tools, part of a continuing trend of forwarder-focused technology providers partnering to augment their value.
24 Nov 2020
New York–based new trade compliance automation startup Altana AI has designs on creating a new version of much-maligned trusted trade cargo facilitations programs.
20 Nov 2020
Loadsmart more than tripled the amount of capital raised through a $90 million round announced Friday as it seeks to automate the brokerage and optimization of US domestic transport modes.
19 Nov 2020
Convoy has seen considerable volume growth for a program under which loads are pre-staged for drivers, prompting the freight broker to develop more predictive capability to route empty equipment to shippers’ facilities.
17 Nov 2020
Digital forwarder Forto has snared its second large funding round of 2020 based on a three-fold growth in its ocean freight this year.
17 Nov 2020
The pandemic has increased food insecurity in many countries, while some buyers ordering more inventory to hedge against potential supply chain disruptions and bottlenecks.
17 Nov 2020
DCSA and BIC have built a database of 11,000 depots, container yards, maintenance and repair vendors, and other supply chain container facilities in 160 countries.
17 Nov 2020
The growth of e-commerce, higher shipping costs, and limited capacity available from traditional last-mile operators have prompted third-party logistics (3PL) providers to expand into last-mile services.
11 Nov 2020
UPS and FedEx networks have been put to the test this year due to COVID-19 related lockdowns and social distancing requirements.
11 Nov 2020
The world greeted news of a potential vaccine with relief, but the supply chain logistics required to transport doses at extreme temperatures will be daunting.
11 Nov 2020
For some DHL Global Supply Chain’s contract logistics customers, they had no choice but to create new and expand existing channels as lockdowns shuttered brick-and-mortar stores.
10 Nov 2020
German integrator DHL is expecting the strong earnings momentum generated in the third quarter to continue through the end of the year.
10 Nov 2020
Cyber attacks on companies in the global logistics industry are an ever-present threat, but container lines and software providers say hosting systems in the cloud helps combat the threat and aid in recovery.
09 Nov 2020
Small package optimization and analytics firm ShipMatrix is launching a third-party, non-asset package management service to tap US Postal Service capacity for e-commerce shippers.
09 Nov 2020
Cloud computing is ubiquitous in the world of commerce, and that’s spread in recent years to container lines, which are using a migration to platforms like Microsoft Azure to develop products quickly and then scale them back without committing resources to a server infrastructure.
05 Nov 2020
Carriers are concentrating efforts on increasing their share of direct business with shippers, but DB Schenker says forwarders offering a wide range of services will always be in the picture.
05 Nov 2020
Rebid freight now or wait for what may be a calmer first quarter? That’s the question US truck shippers face, Echo Global Logistics chairman and CEO Doug Waggoner says.
03 Nov 2020
Twill started as Maersk’s play in the neutral digital forwarding space, but it has shifted its focus to funnel small shipper volumes into Maersk’s logistics and vessel operations network.
02 Nov 2020
The widely-used supply chain modeling software provider LLamasoft was acquired Monday by a procurement solutions maker in one of the biggest deals of late for a pure supply chain technology provider.
02 Nov 2020
Maersk’s integrator strategy is not affecting the carrier’s forwarder customers in a universal way, since the various elements of the transformation impact different sized intermediaries in varying ways.
30 Oct 2020
Amazon’s capital expenditures help to increase fulfillment and transportation network capacity in advance of an “unprecedented holiday season.”
29 Oct 2020
DSV believes it can build on the strong air and ocean demand seen through the third quarter that has extended into October.
29 Oct 2020
Sensing potential scalability factors, a handful of Indian domestic cold chain solutions providers have already trained their sights on what could be a tough, but lucrative, market for them.
28 Oct 2020
The average revenue per piece for UPS’ Ground division increased year over year for the first time since Q2 2019, benefiting from pandemic-related surcharges and the e-commerce boom.
28 Oct 2020
A network of major banks in Singapore has signed an agreement with CargoX, which provides electronic bills of lading to the shipping industry, to underpin the network’s trade finance capability.
28 Oct 2020
DSV’s targeted acquisition increases its e-commerce exposure as the coronavirus accelerates a shift from shopping in brick and mortar stores to online.
27 Oct 2020
A new self-service automated freight invoice auditing software provider launched Tuesday, helmed by Matt Tillman, an entrepreneur who most recently founded the transportation management system provider Haven.
27 Oct 2020
Port software provider Portchain has grown the number of terminals using its berth optimization solution to two transshipment hubs in Europe as terminals seek to better align equipment, capacity, and human resources to vessel calls.
23 Oct 2020
Holiday surcharges are affecting the US parcel market as European counterparts grapple with higher cross-border fees.