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

30 Sep 2022
Despite predictions that the US economy is headed for a recession, warehousing demand keeps mounting as different streams of goods fill available space, experts told the JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
08 Sep 2021
More funding has flowed into container visibility solutions to address a growing need for shippers and their logistics providers to predict where and when disruptions are likely to occur.
08 Sep 2021
As shippers and forwarders deal with limits on their ocean freight capacity allocations from carriers, software provider Slync.io has released a product that tethers booking activity to space allocations.
03 Sep 2021
Rather than adding terminals, XPO says it is deploying technology to better utilize existing space in its trailers and speed trucks, effectively expanding the capacity it can offer customers.
30 Aug 2021
Acquisitions and large funding rounds have catapulted standalone multimodal platforms to market-leading positions, but the growing list of global and domestic visibility providers signals ongoing demand for different approaches to freight visibility.
27 Aug 2021
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, the largest US logistics operator, said it will impose a drayage surcharge starting Sept. 1 and keep it in place “through the end of December” as disruption caused by port congestion spreads inland.
27 Aug 2021
Johnsonville Transport & Logistics, an arm of Wisconsin-based sausage giant Johnsonville, is looking to collaborate with its retail customers and other food shippers and carriers to solve truck capacity, delivery challenges.
26 Aug 2021
Rate increases on the Trans-Pacific vary because of what benchmarking platform Xeneta described as a “whole series of different markets” for different shippers.
25 Aug 2021
An army-enforced lockdown of Vietnam's southern manufacturing heartland is bringing factory production to a standstill.
18 Aug 2021
Growth by acquisition in the global forwarding market has long been regarded as a crucial competitive tool, but there has been a sharp increase in the number of takeovers this year.
18 Aug 2021
A new digitally focused ocean freight consolidator believes it can piggyback on demand in India for less-than-container load (LCL) services with a transparent approach to pricing.
17 Aug 2021
Consolidation in the global logistics sector continues with DHL’s parent company acquiring compatriot forwarder JF Hillebrand, which specializes in beverage and bulk liquid logistics.
17 Aug 2021
A month after grabbing its first North American customer, Portchain has added a new Mediterranean transshipment terminal to its growing footprint of container ports using its berth planning software.
16 Aug 2021
With the Agility deal wrapped up, DSV moves into the top three global forwarders where scale is critical in generating operational and commercial benefits.
13 Aug 2021
Maersk’s acquisition of Visible Supply Chain Management last week adds nine fulfillment centers to its distribution network, allowing it to reach 95 percent of the US direct-to-consumer market within 48 hours.
11 Aug 2021
Early-stage logistics marketplace FreightMango will use container visibility data from Vizion to bolster its offerings to shippers, part of a wider trend of forwarding platfoms needing better tracking information.
10 Aug 2021
Near record-low vacancy rates at distribution warehouses throughout the US sound the alarm that shippers seeking additional logistics space for the peak season may be out of luck.
10 Aug 2021
The acquisition of parcel consolidator Access Worldwide by startup cross-border shipping platform Passport is likely targeted at cost-conscious shippers needing to fulfill small package orders.
09 Aug 2021
Shypple has acquired a perishables competitor that it says will expand its geographic presence in Latin America and Asia, while giving it a leg up on other digital forwarders.
06 Aug 2021
Maersk’s acquisition of a US parcel logistics provider and its plan to acquire a European-based provider provide the missing links in the container’s line strategy to offer shippers end-to-end solutions from Asian factory floor to final delivery.
05 Aug 2021
Surging demand from shippers has resulted in stronger pricing for ocean containers, and manufacturers are responding with increased output, according to a Drewry report.
05 Aug 2021
Freightify, formerly known as FreightBro, has landed $2.5 million in funding to support a global expansion of its vertical approach to online ocean rate management software.
04 Aug 2021
Strong demand and rising yields have dramatically increased earnings for global forwarders as they capture business from shippers with direct carrier accounts that are finding it difficult to secure space on vessels leaving Asia.
03 Aug 2021
Broader digital capacity and rate connectivity between container lines and forwarders could change the use case for rate management software, a new Freightos report suggests.
02 Aug 2021
Logistics procurement software providers are becoming increasingly attuned to the mandate their retail and manufacturing customers face to reduce freight-related carbon emissions.
30 Jul 2021
Paris-based forwarder Geodis has joined its peers in posting a highly profitable first half result, despite reporting “extreme tension” in air and ocean markets.
30 Jul 2021
ECU, the largest global LCL consolidator, has expanded its footprint over the past decade through acquisition and organic growth, the latter driven in recent years by rising consumer e-commerce demand.
29 Jul 2021
The second half of the year will bring no easing of the high rate-low service pain for shippers trying to move cargo out of Asia on the volatile air and ocean trades.
28 Jul 2021
The proposed Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 could restrain carriers from imposing legitimate detention and demurrage fees, undermining the goal of systemwide container fluidity.
27 Jul 2021
Port congestion, poor ocean shipping reliability, and container scarcity are compounding higher input costs for raw materials, US retailers are telling investors as they warn of increased shipper pressures through the year.
23 Jul 2021
The last-mile divisions of logistics providers Ryder Systems and TFI International are building new hubs and remodeling existing networks to deliver increased speed-to-market for their retail customers.
22 Jul 2021
The Biden administration is wading into ocean regulatory waters via an executive order, upping pressure on maritime regulators to crack down on illegal behavior and work more closely with the Department of Justice.
22 Jul 2021
The acquisition of third-party logistics provider Transplace will transform Uber Freight, providing greater access to shippers, as it builds a “fully-scaled” logistics platform.
21 Jul 2021
A liner-led consortium aimed at using blockchain to digitize key container shipping processes has launched a cargo release product in China.
20 Jul 2021
Cargo owners are unlikely to see any easing of elevated rate pressure across transportation modes through the fourth quarter, according to K+N's Detlef Trefzger.
20 Jul 2021
Technology provider EDRAY, flush with new funding, has expanded its range of solutions to include a drayage marketplace and visibility tools.