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

03 Oct 2022
US cold-chain cargoes fell more than 20 percent through May as the combination of high freight rates, poor reliability of ocean carrier service, and lack of equipment took a toll on foodstuff freight.
28 Jul 2022
End-to-end visibility of the freight flowing across oceans and moving across the US is the goal of the partnership between Flexport and Nolan Transportation Group, giving shippers more control over modal choices and costs.
28 Jul 2022
German state-owned railroad Deutsche Bahn fell deep into the red during the pandemic, but the huge profitability generated by forwarding subsidiary DB Schenker has turned around two years of losses.
27 Jul 2022
The cost of physical devices to monitor freight shipments has always been a hurdle for providers, one that Tive is addressing through a new — and cheaper — shipping label-sized product that measures location and temperature.
26 Jul 2022
Multi-year contracts signed by shippers at the height of the ocean freight bull run may be less attractive as the market begins to soften, according to forwarder DSV.
25 Jul 2022
Deciding whether to outsource key logistics functions is an existential question for shippers, one made harder by external dynamics being out of whack during the pandemic.
25 Jul 2022
Kuehne + Nagel shrugged off weakening air and ocean markets to post a record first-half result and expects its profitable run to continue through the next two quarters.
21 Jul 2022
ExFreight’s transactional focus on pricing each leg of a container and air shipment has allowed the forwarder to navigate chaotic international markets over the past two years.
20 Jul 2022
project44 executives say continued expected revenue growth and a healthy pipeline of new business cut against the notion that its move to let go of 63 employees is a sign of deteriorating fortunes.
19 Jul 2022
Visibility data provider Vizion has landed its third venture funding round in 18 months, a $14 million infusion that it will use to expand its product offerings and geographic footprint.
18 Jul 2022
Retailers are beginning to pare back bloated inventories, but manufacturers are adding stock as they search for the elusive ‘golden screw.’
14 Jul 2022
A range of US importers are at risk of violating new regulations over the involvement of forced labor in the goods they import, leading Maersk and technology vendor Altana AI to partner in a program to help shippers identify that risk.
12 Jul 2022
The Digital Container Shipping Association is ramping up efforts to drive electronic bill of lading adoption by working with four technology vendors and a major shipper to ensure their products are interoperable.
08 Jul 2022
Recent funding rounds for Flexe and PayCargo are symbolic of the confusing market that logistics technology companies are navigating, with funding still available but harder to obtain than last year.
07 Jul 2022
Not only does cargo flow in both North America and Europe fail to show any positive effects from the slowdown at origin, it’s trending in the opposite direction.
07 Jul 2022
Small truckload fleets want access to online insurance quotes and coverage, which led low-cost transportation management software provider AscendTMS to partner with trucking insurance specialist CarrierHQ.
06 Jul 2022
Less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation is more than it used to be, and that’s leading to acquisition and expansion in a US trucking sector that is slowly becoming more international in its focus.
06 Jul 2022
CloudTrucks is arming small carriers that struggle to get access to traditional credit lines with a product that facilitates routine operational expenses like fuel and lumper payments.
05 Jul 2022
Forwarding software provider WiseTech Global has waded into the fragmented electronic bill of lading space with the purchase of Bolero, an early provider of trade finance and electronic documentation tools.
01 Jul 2022
Sea-Air Logistics will increase Scan’s market share on the trans-Pacific, Asia-Europe, and intra-Asia trades through nine warehouses and offices in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
27 Jun 2022
Northbound capacity from Brazil to the US is tight due to ongoing strength in US imports, a reality that has boosted freight rates and is likely to continue until at least the fourth quarter of 2022.
24 Jun 2022
European logistics company DB Schenker will offer US shippers a more integrated package of domestic and international services by adding truckload carrier USA Truck to its Land Transport division.
24 Jun 2022
Carriers are deploying extra capacity and launching new services to accommodate strong exports of produce and seafood from the west coast of South America to Asia and the Mediterranean.
23 Jun 2022
Freight procurement specialist Transporeon has added a freight matching component to its product suite to help brokers tender spot freight to carriers already in their network.
22 Jun 2022
Despite softening spot rates in some modes, overall supply chain costs are rising, with higher interest rates putting more pressure on inventories, according to the CSCMP State of Logistics report.
22 Jun 2022
US retailers’ stockpiling of inventory has not only swelled the number of import boxes sitting on marine terminals and railheads, it has also left thousands of chassis idled with unopened containers on top of them at distribution centers around the country.
21 Jun 2022
FourKites will get access to previously internal shipment data from FedEx to train its predictive visibility system as part of a new planning and problem resolution platform called FourKites X.
17 Jun 2022
Import automation provider Flowfox is working with some of the largest container lines and global forwarders to adapt its European container release product to US needs.
17 Jun 2022
C.H. Robinson Worldwide says the changing trucking market is driving up demand for automated spot pricing quotes by double-digit percentages.
16 Jun 2022
Recent layoffs and delayed public offerings in the logistics technology sector offer clues that economic uncertainty over the health of the freight market is mirrored in the software world.
15 Jun 2022
Paper and forest product exports continue to drop as exporters face delays both at home and abroad getting their goods to customers.
15 Jun 2022
Chain.io has landed an $11 million funding round to expand its basket of logistics-specific integrations to transportation management and operating systems used by forwarders and shippers.
14 Jun 2022
Sustained growth in new home construction and remodeling that drove seemingly insatiable consumer demand for household goods last year has continued in 2022.
13 Jun 2022
The outlook for project cargo demand is bright, but tight capacity, congestion, high costs, and low schedule reliability will likely persist in the breakbulk sector.
10 Jun 2022
A drayage technology provider in the ports of LA and Long Beach that has prioritized dual transactions for its driver network said it is seeing a majority of moves in 2022 involve coordinated empty container drop-offs and laden import pickups.
10 Jun 2022
Pall-Ex Group, a franchise network of more than 700 truckers hauling palletized freight across Europe, wants to set up shop in the US and is looking for a beachhead in the LTL market.