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

16 Jul 2020
Trucking operators tell JOC.com ocean carrier Zim’s decision to add Norfolk Southern Railway’s Croxton rail yard in Jersey City as a satellite for empty container returns will add unproductive miles to their day.
10 Dec 2019
Container volumes handled by Indian ports fell 10 percent in November, as data showed the country’s minor, private gateways have begun to show declines that had been borne exclusively by their major, public counterparts.
SAP to integrate project44 road visibility in North America, Europe
10 Dec 2019
Partnerships between core logistics software providers continue to expand, the latest example being SAP integrating North American and European visibility from project44 for its TMS user base.
10 Dec 2019
Drewry's Martin Dixon discussed this year's research into use of smart devices within the maritime container equipment fl
09 Dec 2019
Democrat Carl W. Bentzel was sworn in Monday as the fifth member of the Federal Maritime Commission, giving the body a full complement of commissioners for the first time in two years.
09 Dec 2019
Although a large carrier, Celadon’s fleet size and revenue are just drops in the US truckload bucket. The biggest impact of its bankruptcy may be in Mexico.
09 Dec 2019
In logistics, the conversation has finally turned from understanding new technology to determining how it is best used. Brian Glick, founder and CEO of systems integration company Chain.io. discusses the problem with APIs and other acronyms and getting back to fundamentals of mapping out business process and value.
J.B. Hunt, JDA latest to join broker-TMS integration trend
09 Dec 2019
Brokers with digital freight marketplaces continue to partner with widely used TMS providers to give users of those systems direct access to electronic capacity and booking capabilities, while the marketplaces get an influx of direct shippers customers.
09 Dec 2019
Container volumes at big US ports rose in November ahead of the next round of US tariffs on Chinese imports, according to a major retail group, who nonetheless warned the ongoing trade war will continue to put a drag on the US economy.
09 Dec 2019
This month marks three years since Maersk unveiled its integrated container logistics strategy, but there is still some way to go before the carrier offers an effective end-to-end product.
09 Dec 2019
Outsiders can find vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector exasperatingly opaque. In part three of a six-part special report on the topic, JOC.com takes a look at how SAL Heavy Lift manages its business, which is seeing a boost in vessel use this year from energy projects.
09 Dec 2019
México está avanzando con un nuevo programa de cabotaje para permitir a los cargadores mover la carga sobre el agua dentro de las fronteras del país, proporcionando una alternativa al transporte por camión. Esta traducción al español de una historia de JOC es parte de nuestra cobertura mejorada de México.
06 Dec 2019
James Lyons’ successor as head of the Alabama State Port Authority will have plenty on their plate as the Port of Mobile looks to expand its container handling capacity and attract new shipping services amid growing volumes.
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.
06 Dec 2019
November data shows the cargo loss from India’s major public ports is accelerating, putting even more pressure on stakeholders to stop the bleeding.
06 Dec 2019
IHS Markit points to a “modest upturn” in the US economy, with consumer demand keeping freight in motion.
06 Dec 2019
India-based Allcargo has taken a controlling stake in domestic express leader Gati, a move that signals Allcargo is looking to diversify beyond its core ocean transportation business and reshape the country’s logistics space.
06 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Sandra Karlsson, head of DGF GoGreen Europe for DHL Global Forwarding, discusses the significance of IMO 2020, the regulation's actual impact, consumer expectations, and exciting decarbonization options available to shippers.
05 Dec 2019
The Port of Baltimore has moved a step closer to sending double-stacked trains to the Midwest through the Howard Street Tunnel, securing the last portion of the $466 million needed to fund the project.
05 Dec 2019
The Maryland Port Authority and Port of Baltimore are looking for a new leader after 18-year veteran James J. White announced he would step down as executive director of the authority at year’s end.
05 Dec 2019
The best shippers have transportation and procurement teams that are in sync with each other, but cheap truck rates make for a difficult balancing act between pricing and loyalty to carriers.
05 Dec 2019
With a third iteration of Maersk’s digital interactive OceanPro platform in place, as many as 15 Indian tech startups have joined on as the country continues its push for greater logistics transparency.
05 Dec 2019
Australian shippers are taking a wait-and-see approach to a review by the country’s competition watchdog on whether to continue the class exemption for container shipping companies from competition laws. The head of the government panel says those exemptions are becoming “harder to justify.”
05 Dec 2019
Outsiders can find vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector exasperatingly opaque. In part two of a six-part special report on the topic, JOC.com takes a peek behind the curtain at BBC Chartering, which boasts the largest fleet in the sector.
04 Dec 2019
The Port of Montreal has the funding to advance construction of a fifth container terminal after the Canada Infrastructure Bank committed financing of up to $300 million (US$230 million).
04 Dec 2019
The double-digit spot rate hike on Asia-US this past week was due largely to the implementation of low-sulfur fuel surcharges. Carriers can take heart, for now, from their ability to make December’s interim LSFO surcharges stick as they prepare for permanent surcharges after the Jan. 1 implementation of IMO 2020.
04 Dec 2019
With a deadline looming for US truck drivers to switch to ELDs, one telematics provider is banking on luring drivers onto its platform via a new carrier-centric smartphone app.
04 Dec 2019
Outsiders can find vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector exasperatingly opaque. In part one of a special report on the topic, JOC.com takes a peek behind the curtain at BBC Chartering, which boasts the largest fleet in the sector.
04 Dec 2019
Less-than-truckload tonnage trends are still negative year over year in the fourth quarter, but they’re “stabilizing” at Old Dominion Freight Line, CEO Greg C. Gantt said Wednesday.
04 Dec 2019
Shippers looking to move cargo through Central New York State now have the option of using a new inland port opened by CSX Transportation in Syracuse.
04 Dec 2019
No one is expecting much from the air cargo peak shipping period this year, but persistent weakness in the market means any hopes of an upturn before the end of the year are fading fast.
04 Dec 2019
The addition of Feedertech to the DP World portfolio of regional shortsea and feeder carriers enables the port operator to improve its control beyond the terminal.
04 Dec 2019
CMA CGM secures high-level French political support in its drive to deliver a more sustainable shipping product.
04 Dec 2019
JOC's annual Container Trade Europe conference, hosted by the Port of Antwerp on Oct. 20-22, 2020, will focused on the needs of container shippers. The targeted program is developed and led by the specialized journalist team of the JOC.
03 Dec 2019
The Alabama State Port Authority is preparing to search for a new director and CEO after James K. Lyons, who has held the job for 20 years, said Tuesday he would retire at the end of 2020.
03 Dec 2019
The chief commercial officer of the North Carolina Ports Authority will retire in January 2020.