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

17 Nov 2022
To the extent freight market participants have greater exposure to key industrial markets than consumer markets, current data is not pointing towards sharp downturns in freight demand, at least not yet, writes JOC analyst Jason Miller.
22 Jan 2019
Trucking logistics stakeholders are debating: do ocean carriers really incur an operating expense per street turn, or is it an excuse?
Blockchain infographic Jan. 2019.
22 Jan 2019
Shippers have largely struggled to understand the benefits blockchain technology brings to their supply chain and at what cost.
Technology and shipping.
22 Jan 2019
New software is emerging that can sift through multiple formats, offering an accelerant to adoption by shipper and forwarders.
Logistics providers.
22 Jan 2019
The year 2018 was a volatile, challenging year for shippers, and 2019 is showing few signs that it will be any different.
Project logistics.
21 Jan 2019
At 2019’s outset, adequate global growth and demand bode well for project logistics, but potential pitfalls also exist.
A truck travels in the United States.
21 Jan 2019
The 2019 regulatory schedule isn’t clear, but what is clear is that there will be many more hours of debate over truck driver hours of service.
A train travels in California, United States.
21 Jan 2019
The intermodal sector enters 2019 with cautious optimism amid adequate US economic growth; however, factors point toward more-competitive conditions.
Union Pacific rail yard, Nebraska, United States.
18 Jan 2019
The summer/autumn beat-the-tariff front-loading of imports to West Coast ports is now spreading inland.
Port of Vancouver, Canada.
18 Jan 2019
For the new fee, the port promises timelier inspections and fewer detention and demurrage charges.
port of Savannah.
18 Jan 2019
A slew of upgrades, efficiency improvements, and new services are all aimed at boosting business.
Rotterdam port.
18 Jan 2019
Given current factors in the two trade lanes, there was little chance rates would strengthen.
An intermodal train.
18 Jan 2019
Amid tightening Mexican truck capacity, rail has an opportunity to attract smaller shippers.
Industrial Terminals Houston.
18 Jan 2019
Oaktree, primary shareholder of now-insolvent Hansa Heavy Lift, in January became a key partner with Kansas-based transportation provider Watco Companies.
Infographic: New US chassis model emerges
18 Jan 2019
There are two popular operating models for running a chassis pool, but truckers want to create a third version they believe will improve cargo deliveries.
Port of Los Angeles.
17 Jan 2019
The cause of the extreme gridlock at Los Angeles-Long Beach is manifold.
Maersk Line Adrian at APM Terminals Pipavav.
17 Jan 2019
APM Terminals' proactive, customer-support measures are netting substantial results.
Global logistics providers.
17 Jan 2019
The consolidation moves among large forwarders have drawn a mixed response.
A heavy-lift ship.
17 Jan 2019
The MPV/HL sector has been in the doldrums for four or five years.
US Customs and Border Protection headquarters, Washington, DC.
16 Jan 2019
Nuisances are popping up that irk port authorities and customs brokers.
A truck travels in the United States.
16 Jan 2019
Truckload carriers are losing some of the bargaining leverage they hoped to retain in 2019.
An intermodal train travels in Mexico.
16 Jan 2019
Truckers and equipment providers in Mexico should find it easier to lease intermodal equipment if the country's first uniform interchange agreement goes ahead.
Chassis stacked.
16 Jan 2019
Chassis are one piece of the puzzle, and all parts must fit together in sync for the supply chain to remain smooth in the future.
A double-stack train with truck trailers travels in the United States.
16 Jan 2019
The history of and the battle between trailers and containers parallels the history of US transportation.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
16 Jan 2019
Schneider's adoption of the new systems places in stark relief the need for brokers to differentiate.
Brexit negotiations
16 Jan 2019
However, even planning for no deal is not a straightforward matter.
Panalpina’s board of directors is currently reviewing the DSV offer.
16 Jan 2019
Panalpina’s board of directors is currently reviewing the DSV offer.
Port of Los Angeles.
15 Jan 2019
How the reduced capacity meets slowing US import volume, which will be reflected in weekly spot rates, will give a preliminary picture of what to expect in supply and demand for the coming year.
A wind power blade being transported by Novoroslesexport.
15 Jan 2019
The blades were loaded onto telescopic trailers and transported to the Republic of Adygea at night.
AAL Bangkok.
15 Jan 2019
Recently, consolidation in the sector has accelerated, with acquisitions, mergers, alliances, and other cooperation among the stakeholders becoming routine.
Air cargo being load in Beijing, China.
15 Jan 2019
After a subdued end to 2018 and trade and with economic hurdles stacking up, there are relatively low expectations for the trans-Pacific air cargo market in 2019.
An Amazon fulfillment center in the United States.
15 Jan 2019
The business model goals of online marketplaces such as Amazon and Walmart involve more than showcasing retailers’ products online.
Port of Veracruz.
15 Jan 2019
Shippers that export goods from Mexico may find the process faster and more reliable under a blockchain project in development at the port of Veracruz.
Rotterdam port.
15 Jan 2019
“If a carrier comes with a 30-day transit and they suddenly change to 40 days, we need to know about it one month in advance,” a shipper of medical products said.
A truck travels on a US road.
14 Jan 2019
Long delays in CDL skills tests in some states discourage potential drivers and create a ‘hidden’ drain on capacity.
An intermodal train travels in the United States.
14 Jan 2019
Class I railroads face uncertainty in global trade, as well challenges in service and pricing, to keep momentum going in 2019.