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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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

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.
23 Apr 2021
Panasonic’s acquisition of widely used supply chain solutions provider Blue Yonder will give the software company broader reach into Asia and connected device data.
22 Apr 2021
A lack of teeth in the offline freight contracting process has led to chronic capacity availability problems, but freight marketplaces see a path to use buyer-seller rules to redraw the terms of engagement.
20 Apr 2021
PAXAFE, which focuses on reducing cargo underwriting risk through visibility hardware and software, has nabbed funding to build traction in high-risk freight verticals.
16 Apr 2021
Chain.io, which provides logistics companies and shippers with a cloud-based integration platform to better connect the myriad systems they use, has raised $5 million to broaden its reach.
15 Apr 2021
Torch Logistics will use $3.5 million in seed funding to expand its short-haul truckload brokerage to capitalize on e-commerce demand.
13 Apr 2021
Factoring solutions provider and lender eCapital saw an uptick in revenue in 2020 and is now merging its acquisitions under a single brand as it sees consolidation taking root in the logistics financial services space.
09 Apr 2021
FreightMango, led in North America by a veteran of Cargomatic, is looking to differentiate itself in a growing field of forwarding services marketplaces by helping shippers vet and select providers.
09 Apr 2021
Digital marketplace Convoy is warning US shippers and trucking companies of the risks from what may be the sixth straight year of above-average hurricanes and storms.
09 Apr 2021
Maersk is furthering its ambitions to get closer to its shipper customers with a new fourth-party logistics aimed at large cargo owners that struggle to tie together data around demand, inventory, and cargo flow.
05 Apr 2021
Third-party logistics industry had a banner 2020, with double-digit revenue growth, according to SJ Consulting.
25 Mar 2021
Shippers’ disinclination to replace too much of their logistics systems infrastructure at any one time to avoid disruption runs counter to the theoretical idea that the market requires more functionality on fewer systems.
24 Mar 2021
San Francisco-based Baton, the developer of a software-based drop-zone model linking truckload with final-mile in Los Angeles, has landed a $10.5 million funding round to expand the concept into other North American cities.
23 Mar 2021
A veteran of freight broker GlobalTranz has landed an $8 million funding round to enhance a multi-carrier marketplace and transportation management system for less-than-truckload shippers.
22 Mar 2021
SAP’s transportation management integration with Sedna, which helps companies reduce their volume of emails, is a further sign of software partnerships blossoming in logistics and addressing a need to make inter- and intra-company communication more efficient.
19 Mar 2021
Decarbonization goals at global shippers is pushing the industry toward more granular scrutiny of supply chain-related emissions, a task that’s being helped by emergent technology and a focus on shipper collaboration.