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

06 Dec 2019
The world’s largest container line is headlong into a business transformation that’s highly visible, partly of its own doing and partly due to the increased scrutiny such a change by a market leader brings.
12 Jun 2019
Commercial realtor CBRE forecasts refrigerated warehousing will increase 30 to 40 percent over the next five years, even though the rapid supply and demand imbalance in warehousing overall is flattening.
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.
10 Jun 2019
The Port of Montreal believes that by the end of the summer truckers will be able to plan their pick up or drop off of cargo at the port with the help of a turn-time prediction created by using artificial intelligence techniques.
07 Jun 2019
Shippers and providers are watching Mexico’s new customs head to see if he can improve the fluidity of imports even as supply chains handle ever more cargo.
06 Jun 2019
Tariffs come and go, and carriers consolidate, but most markets for packaged and fresh food are pretty stable.
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
05 Jun 2019
Shippers, ocean carriers, and freight forwarders say cargo owners are already rushing shipments to get ahead of potential tariffs on $300 billion of US imports from China.
05 Jun 2019
Estes Express is one of several US less-than-truckload carriers expanding its non-LTL business as shippers look for more services from carrier partners.
05 Jun 2019
Despite predictions of a 3.9 percent increase in Canada’s container trade in 2019, there are multiple factors that could reduce the figure, including the US-China trade war.
04 Jun 2019
Shippers in Canada say the first half of 2019 has brought several challenges, from tariffs to port constraints.
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.
03 Jun 2019
After years of undercutting each other on rates to gain market share and the resulting waves of consolidation, large container carriers seem to have come to a realization that they will sink or swim together.
31 May 2019
Sponsored: CenterPoint's SVP William Lu on partnerships with West Coast ports and the role industrial real estate can play in streamlining a supply chain.
30 May 2019
The recent escalation in the US-China trade war has American multinational companies considering more cost-effective sourcing markets, but finding a comparable alternative to China is no easy task.
30 May 2019
At the congested US-Mexico border, the focus is shifting from expediting stranded shipments to managing capacity to optimize the flow of truck freight.
24 May 2019
The world's largest shipping line saw operating income increase in the first quarter of 2019, despite volume falling 2.2 percent, a sign that it won't be pulled into market share skirmishes and will instead focus on profitability, its CEO said.
23 May 2019
A proposal from the City of Newark would see dozens of underused and vacant land plots near the Port of New York and New Jersey redeveloped to create port-related warehousing and logistics facilities.
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.
21 May 2019
Retail giants Walmart and Amazon have entered into conversations directly with Class I railroads to enter in service agreements, bucking the historical structure in which shippers are required to use intermediaries to procure space.
21 May 2019
Shipper interest in a free trade zone in Zhuhai, China, is being driven by a shortage of logistics space and rocketing rental prices across the Pearl River in Hong Kong.
20 May 2019
At a time when freight volumes should be increasing, they’re slowing, casting a shadow over the outlook for US trucking and intermodal rail operators.
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.
15 May 2019
Shippers now expect better visibility as newer SaaS companies are redrawing the ease of consumption and functional expectations of track-and-trace technologies.
14 May 2019
It’s a nerve-wracking time for established forwarders. These new entrants are faster than them, and at the same time carriers are pushing more of them to go online with digital solutions.
14 May 2019
Shippers shouldn’t be worried about large carriers shutting down, but smaller trucking firms are vulnerable as the freight market softens.
13 May 2019
Amazon’s logistics business needs to be regulated, but it’s not because Amazon is a bad company; on the contrary, it’s because the company is so exceptional, Freightos CEO Zvi Schreiber writes in JOC.com's The Industry Speaks series.
10 May 2019
The Chinese state-run ocean carrier and fellow Asia-based lines are slowly revealing plans that tilt toward deeper logistics services beyond conventional ocean shipping, with a distinctive Asian focus.
09 May 2019
The first Central American vessel as part of two vessel strings from Seaboard Marine to the US East coast visited Savannah this week, a growing trade lane that has generated a 70 percent increase in imports in Georgia since 2014.
09 May 2019
A blockchain protocol developer and a payroll services company have combined to alleviate the need for small trucking companies to turn to factoring services.
08 May 2019
The costs of climate change and impacts to business are typically discussed as abstract and distant, but a review of recent history shows those costs are already here, and climbing.
08 May 2019
The Dallas-based third-party logistics provider is looking to expand beyond North America as shippers seek a more global view of their supply chains.
08 May 2019
Truck registrations are surging, but shippers are getting better at their game, creating new capacity through efficiencies, speakers say at the Transplace Shipper Symposium.