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, Sinotrans, 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

Maersk Line and CMA CGM have gotten a lot of press for their plans to offer services many see as “new,” while others say this is just the next iteration of something carriers have tried to do for decades.

News & Analysis

18 Sep 2019
The acquisition of two Van Soest Coldstores facilities complements Lineage’s existing network of refrigerated sites across Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK.
17 Sep 2019
The differentiators going forward will be adaptability and agility, and not just an openness to technology, Marc Meier, managing partner and CEO of the forwarder Fr. Meyer's Sohn, said at Container Trade Europe.
16 Sep 2019
Chicago-based Forager last week became the latest logistics technology startup to take aim at the increasingly complex US cross-border trucking market.
Technology smoothing logistics sourcing shifts
12 Sep 2019
Older logistics outsourcing models are being replaced by collaboration among multiple partners on specific, high-priority projects as technology advances.
09 Sep 2019
“We don’t think about our supply chain as a collection of technologies, but as processes,” Abir Thakurta, vice president of global supply chain for the Atlanta-based furniture retailer, said in a keynote address to the conference. “For us, it’s about supply chain performance. I’m interested in outcomes. If you’re a technology provider, think outcomes, not solutions.”
05 Sep 2019
The Swiss freight forwarder and Singapore’s investment arm are teaming up to fund logistics-focused startups at the Series A and B stage, building on a partnership they started in January 2018.
Peder Winther
30 Aug 2019
Sponsored: Like most members of the global maritime industry, Switzerland-based Panalpina is weathering challenging geopolitical ti mes, while at the same time continuing to grow its supply-chain solutions and managing the costs of doing business. In this interview, Peder Winther, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Ocean Freight, is explicit in how Panalpina is maintaining the right balance.
29 Aug 2019
J.B. Hunt has informed shippers it will assess peak season surcharges on excess freight out of California and Washington state even though volumes are much weaker than a year ago.
27 Aug 2019
A logistics collaboration software provider debuts a new freight payment capability that’s tied directly to the shipment, a process that’s unusual for shippers except in situations where a TMS provides such capability.
26 Aug 2019
Supply chain software providers are using application program interfaces (APIs) to connect previously disparate data sources and systems, potentially ushering a new strata of neutrality in freight transportation.
22 Aug 2019
Coyote Logistics reports its spot market index is down 24.9 percent year over year, but the 3PL believes an inflection point is near when demand will begin to pick up and rates climb again.
19 Aug 2019
WiseTech’s purchase of Depot Systems allows it to gain yard container management technology in the US.
Directory of Trucking Companies | 2019
16 Aug 2019
The 2019 JOC Directory of Trucking Companies is a one-stop source of information for North American shippers and third-party logistics providers on nearly 180 select trucking companies in the United States and Canada.
29 Jul 2019
Increased tariff levels are often not accounted for when shippers secure financing for shipments, one of a range of issues the freight forwarder Flexport plans to tackle with its Flexport Capital product.
25 Jul 2019
Software partnerships are expanding the appeal of core systems like electronic rate management, symbolized by Catapult’s collaboration with Xeneta helping it to land BDP
Kuehne + Nagel: No December rush ahead of IMO 2020
23 Jul 2019
The world’s biggest ocean freight forwarder does not see why shippers would feel an urgent need to move cargo before the IMO 2020 low-sulfur fuel mandate kicks in on Jan. 1.
Port growth pushes Jersey space availability to 13-year low
18 Jul 2019
A new study shows a growing percentage of the Port of New York and New Jersey drayage fleet is making its first stop close to the port, an apparent reflection of the desire by shippers and logistics providers to use near-port warehouse space. That demand continues to create a tight market, with lease rates hitting new highs in the second quarter.
18 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Kuehne+Nagel EVP Otto Schacht on utilizing the data they capture to provide better transparency into ocean carrier reliability as well as sustainability.
18 Jul 2019
E2open has barged into the global logistics community’s consciousness on the back of acquisitions of some of the industry’s stalwart software providers, and now plans to sell shippers on the value of connectivity and harmonized upgrades.
16 Jul 2019
Shippers benefit from logistics systems integrations, some of which they don’t even see, as 3PLs and software vendors develop embedded pricing and visibility functionality.
New strategies of CMA CGM, Maersk familiar, but bolder
12 Jul 2019
Carriers are going beyond setting up logistics arms and instead making the end-to-end reach a full company play rather than standalone attempt to offer the higher value and margin services as the NVOs they compete and partner with.
E-commerce growth hits real-world transportation obstacles
10 Jul 2019
DHL Supply Chain Research finds businesses of all types struggling to keep up with the pace of e-commerce as they work to realign supply chain and transportation networks.
Less logistics cross-training stifles container solutions
05 Jul 2019
The lack of cross-training for various functions is creating an environment where fewer workers have the ability to solve problems creatively, according to conversations with more than a dozen industry veterans over the last year.
27 Jun 2019
Sponsored: Patrick Maher, executive vice president of trucking and logistics company Gulf Winds Internat
25 Jun 2019
Lower manufacturing activity, high inventories, and trade wars are flattening the US freight economy, speakers at the SMC3 Connections 2019 conference said.
18 Jun 2019
Logistics growth is moderating, but shipper of choice programs are surviving because lower rates won't guarantee on-time delivery, speakers at the CSCMP State of Logistics Report launch said.
13 Jun 2019
The freight rate management software provider Catapult will directly integrate Xeneta contract rate benchmarking data to help forwarders and NVOs determine if their contract rates are competitive.
11 Jun 2019
Shippers might dream of a single end-to-end visibility system, but providers still specialize in certain areas, so a more realistic approach is figuring out how to stitch deep, but narrow, systems together.
06 Jun 2019
Schneider and Landstar this week offered a tepid assessment of the truckload market in 2019 as spot rates continue to be down double digits from last year, while contract rates have turned negative, too. But there are positive signs in the data.
06 Jun 2019
Choosing the right path through a dizzying array of digital offerings is proving tricky for logistics providers, and taking a wrong turn could be costly.
06 Jun 2019
Executive Q&A with Stephen Spoljaric, Global Manager of Logistics, Bechtel Corporation
04 Jun 2019
The Itasca, Illinois-based forwarder is up for sale, and says it is eyeing a private equity partner to fuel its own acquisitions to drive growth in e-commerce and forwarding services.
23 May 2019
The largest US logistics provider is expanding its over-the-road service in Europe through an acquisition, its second purchase in Europe this year.
17 May 2019
The escalating trade dispute between the US and China is driving keen interest in air freight on the busy trans-Pacific trade routes.
16 May 2019
In the latest step in the ocean carrier’s transformation into a “global integrator” of container logistics, Maersk Line has folded in the inland services formerly operated by APM Terminals.