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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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

16 Jan 2020
Expect the sale or spin-off of some business to make XPO more a “pure-play” LTL trucking company — smaller, but more focused on US shippers and better positioned to increase shareholder value.
15 Jan 2020
Indian logistics player Allcargo has secured a $53 million investment from Blackstone that will be used to develop logistics parks in key consumption hubs across India.
14 Jan 2020
Shipper demand, lower modal boundaries, and changing procurement practices lead LTL technology provider SMC3 to add truckload functionality to its bidding software.
Flexport dominated maritime startup investment in 2019
14 Jan 2020
A roundup of investment into international logistics and maritime technology has found that, outside of a $1 billion investment into the forwarder Flexport, total venture funding into startups fell from 2018 to 2019.
03 Jan 2020
It took decades to break up shipping conferences’ control and fixing of shipping rates, but now freight forwarders face a new threat from the carrier-backed TradeLens, a group that has already taken control of much of the world's container cargo data.
02 Jan 2020
The high-profile financial failings of so-called disruptors like Uber, Lyft, Grubhub, Blue Apron, and WeWork should serve as a warning to investors in the budding digital freight brokerage space.
31 Dec 2019
US intermodal, particularly domestic volume, has a tough road ahead given low spot truckload rates that will continue to push freight to the highway, but the sector could see some improvement in the second half.
27 Dec 2019
Customs officials and brokers in the United States are both being challenged by constantly changing tariff levels and a continued influx of smaller e-commerce parcels.
23 Dec 2019
Third-party logistics providers increasingly view technology as a way to make their services "stickier" and more valuable to their customers, rather than as a competitive threat.
19 Dec 2019
The survey found that 63 percent of quotes provided by forwarders were not instant, with manually generated quotes taking an average of 122 hours from the time a request was made.
18 Dec 2019
Changes in package delivery market are leading FedEx to rethink its air express and ground strategies, as it struggles with a slowdown in global trade.
18 Dec 2019
Cargo no-shows are down 75 percent on freight booked via the Maersk Spot guaranteed online booking platform, according to the container carrier.
K+N: Greener ocean services don’t always come at a premium
18 Dec 2019
On the east-west trades, some services with higher CO2 emissions come with the same cost and transit time as those services providing a more eco-friendly operation.
10 Dec 2019
DB Schenker will use a Dutch startup to provide container line schedules to enable the German 3PL’s digital quoting and booking tools, pressing home the need for digital procurement platforms to have good underlying schedule data.
06 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Sandra Karlsson, head of DGF GoGreen Europe for DHL Global Forwarding, discusses the significance of IMO 2020, the regulation's actual impact, consumer expectations, and exciting decarbonization options available to shippers.
Tech startup uses new funding on shipper automation, connectivity
02 Dec 2019
Austin-based technology company Shipwell has in the past been dubbed a freight marketplace, a broker, and a software provider, but bolstered by a large funding round in October, the company is focusing on automation and connectivity for shippers.
Logixboard sees SaaS as future of forwarding tech
26 Nov 2019
SaaS tools in the international logistics space have been relatively underfunded compared to other models, like digital freight forwarders and marketplaces, but investment in Seattle-based Logixboard could signal investors are ready for more pure software-based plays.
26 Nov 2019
An array of ocean freight portals, mostly developed by tech startups, have entered the Indian freight landscape in recent years, trumpeting pricing transparency and shipment visibility. But they have much ground to gain to seriously challenge traditional players.
20 Nov 2019
JOC Container Trade Europe 2019 Day 1 Keynote Speaker Marc Meier discusses the opportunities that global container freight movement presents in its very complexity, ambiguity, and volatility. Meier, managing partner and CEO of Fr. Meyer's Sohn, describes navigating the changing perception of freight forwarder value, compression of rates, and IMO 2020 uncertainty.
19 Nov 2019
The acquisition of Emergent Cold gives US-based Lineage Logistics greater access to Asian markets and facilities at three US ports.
08 Nov 2019
A shift to time-based truckload rates will come, eventually, as electronic logging and detention disputes reshape supply chains, a TIA report finds.
Blockchain paying off for DHL Forwarding-HPe invoice processing
07 Nov 2019
DHL Forwarding has been trialing a blockchain-based system of producing invoices for one-off non-contractual shipments with its customer Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
CargoSmart links shipment data, trade finance blockchains
06 Nov 2019
Shipment management software provider CargoSmart has tested a connection between a Hong Kong banking platform and shipment data provided by terminals and container lines to speed approval of trade finance processes and expand the range of shippers who can receive financing services.
05 Nov 2019
Sponsored: What keeps shippers up at night? Kuehne + Nagel's EVP Otto Schacht discusses customer concerns around fuel pricing and availability with the approaching IMO 2020 low-sulfur regulation, freight rate market fluctuations, the future of contracting, and the e-commerce impact on predictability expectations.
30 Oct 2019
Large truckload carriers continue to shed trucks, according to the JOC Truckload Capacity Index. Logistics providers, however, report ample available truck capacity.
30 Oct 2019
Freight brokers believe spot market rates will remain lower than historical norms through the first half of 2020 despite a recent seasonal bump in rates.
Flexport approaches rival forwarders for customs help
30 Oct 2019
In an unusual move, Flexport is gauging interest from competing forwarders about their interest in aiding the company with its “high volume” of customs entries.
29 Oct 2019
The agreement will see Flexport offer full containerload (FCL), air cargo, and final mile services in the United States and EU to SF Express’ Chinese customers. SF Express essentially will act as a channel partner for Flexport.
24 Oct 2019
Forty-seven of the top 50 global transportation providers saw revenues rise in 2018, benefitting from a strong global economic growth and growing anticipation of reciprocal tariffs between the United States and China.
22 Oct 2019
Global ocean freight volume continues to grow this year, albeit slowly, despite economic slowdowns and gloomy trading conditions.
21 Oct 2019
The recent wobbles of WeWork connect to the forwarder Flexport, which shares the same primary investor, but also might be constrained to grow in the way a pure software provider does.
10 Oct 2019
A bigger footprint in El Paso, Texas, will help the freight forwarding arm of Deutsche Post DHL reach more shippers in the US and Mexico.
Flexport adds visibility capabilities with Crux buy
10 Oct 2019
With the acquisition of the software maker Crux Systems, Flexport is becoming a provider of third-party visibility data while also eschewing concerns about M&A expressed in the wake of its $1 billion round of funding in February.
Portrix tie-up advances Xeneta’s forwarding software integration
07 Oct 2019
The contract rate benchmarking platform Xeneta has tied up another integration with a freight forwarding software provider following its first such partnership in June, signaling that its data is most effective when piped into a system that contextualizes it.
Nippon Express jumps into India logistics growth race
26 Sep 2019
Nippon Express takes an ownership stake in an Indian logistics company as it looks to grow its presence in the country’s evolving supply chain dynamic.