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

10 Aug 2020
Spot rates from Asia to both US coasts spiked by several hundred dollars last week as carriers in the eastbound trans-Pacific prepare to implement an Aug. 15 general rate increase.
24 Jan 2018
The authority sent a missive to port users outlining the problem and said that it is working with CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway to clear the rail backlog.
24 Jan 2018
Truckers seek “dual transactions,” or revenue moves in both directions and at LA-LB, technology will play a key role in achieving that goal, which will also reduce turn times — getting cargo to its destination quicker.
24 Jan 2018
After four years of behind-the-scenes work, US shippers, truckers, and intermediaries last month finally secured the federal regulatory hearing on their congestion-related fees for which they are not at fault. They should not expect speedy relief from the federal body.
23 Jan 2018
Freighters calling at Dutch airport gateway of Schiphol have managed to secure landing slots for the current winter season.
23 Jan 2018
US freight rates are set to rise not just this year, but into the near future, analysts predict. However, there is an upside for shippers to the strengthening US/global economies that are pushing up freight rates.
22 Jan 2018
The recovering air cargo market is generating unprecedented growth at selected airports in Asia and Europe.
22 Jan 2018
The partnerships will allow Netherlands-based Mammoet to provide service in the Spanish market.
22 Jan 2018
As supply chain visibility tech advances, shippers have to confront questions such as how much is it worth? Will other parties collaborate to ensure it functions? And: how to handle large amounts of data that may come in a variety of formats?  
Tuticorin port
22 Jan 2018
India's government tax reforms and rising investment in logistics infrastructure are opening the country up to increased trade in 2018 and beyond.
22 Jan 2018
In the second half of 2017, many logistics firms struggled to keep up with rising carrier prices and had difficulty passing those increases along to shippers.
Convoy says no boilerplate checklist can cover every aspect of planning and pricing a project move.
20 Jan 2018
Convoy Logistics Providers' niche is "project and specialty needs cargo that can take six months to three years, where [there are sometimes quotes] without even knowing actual weights, dimensions, densities, or dozens and dozens of critical details."
19 Jan 2018
Carrier consolidation and projections for continued growth in imports alert beneficial cargo owners to the growing possibility of rate restoration in 2018, but a former shipping executive said carrier discipline is crucial, if service contract rates are to exceed those of last year.
19 Jan 2018
A partnership between JD Logistics and Air China Cargo will further open the Chinese market to international fresh produce.
Many companies have built massive infrastructures they have to unwind before they can introduce new technology.
18 Jan 2018
Shippers want and need “visibility” across modes, not just to track freight but also to meet tighter fulfillment and restocking requirements — demands that are driving automation.
18 Jan 2018
With an expanding US economy boosting imports, and carrier consolidation providing leverage on the capacity side, industry experts are putting beneficial cargo owners on notice that the 2018 to 2019 service contracting season could be difficult.
18 Jan 2018
Shippers of air freight should get used to tight space and high prices because demand will continue to outstrip supply on the busy trade routes.
18 Jan 2018
Swedish Orient Line said it will start the shuttle with one vessel, adding that a high enough service frequency, not ship size, matters most concerning the service's success.
17 Jan 2018
Service metrics are improving, but can CSX win back shipper trust while sticking to its late CEO's plan for precision scheduled railroading?
16 Jan 2018
Commission action is needed because commercial solutions have failed, said representatives of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices, a group of 26 organizations of intermediaries and truckers that filed the petition.
16 Jan 2018
IBM and Maersk estimate the initiatives could save the industry billions of dollars.
15 Jan 2018
Logistics technology startups are being targeted by Kuehne + Nagel and the Singapore state investment arm, which have formed a joint venture to identify and fund the tech companies.
15 Jan 2018
The space-choked China-US air freight routes may see rate levels reach incredible highs as demand overpowers supply ahead of Chinese New Year.
15 Jan 2018
One tech start-up believes it has found a way to automate and decode complex ocean freight contracts.
12 Jan 2018
The Port of Oakland is urging truckers to apply for roughly $65 million in state funding to update their trucks.
Deal makes DCLI largest US chassis provider
12 Jan 2018
DCLI now owns, leases, or manages approximately 136,000 marine chassis, as well as approximately 80,000 domestic chassis, for a total of more than 216,000 units.
12 Jan 2018
Spot rates are rising into a late Lunar New Year, with a host of carrier rate increases scheduled for early February.
11 Jan 2018
From air freight to ocean to trucking, e-commerce is exerting palpable influence on the various transport markets.
11 Jan 2018
Maersk initially set up the program for its own needs and used it to, for example, monitor the temperature of each box and change it if it was too low or high, and also to track the maintenance needs.
11 Jan 2018
A new French rail link connecting a port in the Mediterranean and one in North Europe will be launched in March to target the high-volume Swiss market.
10 Jan 2018
The need for better visibility to make smarter decisions, along with better coordinating of train switching and traffic flows on local roads, comes as North American port volume rises.
10 Jan 2018
Businesses will be watching spot rates closely in the next few weeks to see if demand and capacity move back toward an equilibrium.
10 Jan 2018
Ocean carriers eventually will have an alternative to the Bosphorus Strait — if Turkish President Recep Erdogan sticks to his plan to start work this year on a new 32-mile canal. It is top among Turkey's new transport projects.
JNPT to provide barge infrastructure to reduce truck congestion
10 Jan 2018
Authorities estimate the barge alternative will eliminate a substantial portion of truck trips that occur each day between JNPT, Mumbai, and Bhiwandi.
Prince Rupert promises imminent return to normal service
09 Jan 2018
The port said container dwell times are down to an average of three days, and a return to its historical level is imminent.
Analysis: Right or wrong, CSX intermodal trying new things
09 Jan 2018
It is crucial that intermodal continues to explore non-traditional ways to knit together an ever-growing network of dispersed terminals in order to meet the challenge of this new, more demanding supply chain era.