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.
Europe rail freight.
26 Feb 2018
The European Union is pushing further for rail freight development. In addition to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent, facilitating the free circulation of goods within Europe is part of the European Union's DNA. And the quality of inland transportation is a key success factor regarding port development.
Port of Oakland.
26 Feb 2018
In the period ahead, the container shipping industry may look different, but know this: that will be due to technology, not consolidation. Consolidation, so far, has reduced the number of carriers but has not changed behaviors.
Union Pacific Railroad.
23 Feb 2018
An end-to-end protective service for perishable, refrigerated goods and seafood in natural-water-environment containers is the cold chain railroad model, and its deployers argue they can grab reefer market share from other transport modes.
A harbor in Knhanh Hoa province, Vietnam.
23 Feb 2018
The new Asian markets that US recyclable exporters are finding to replace the banned China in-take are growing fast.
Dungeness crabs in Seattle, Washington.
23 Feb 2018
Because of its perishable status, long-distance seafood export has always been a challenging task — even when all operational factors are in one's favor. Add an air cargo space squeeze, uneven consumer demand, and foul weather and the task can approximate a varying obstacle course.
Trucks on a US highway.
23 Feb 2018
The US transportation capacity vise that is squeezing supply chains is moving end-to-end visibility and automation from shipper wish lists to priority lists.
Refrigerated containers.
22 Feb 2018
Despite the nature of the reefer trade with its seasonal swings in commodities and trade lanes, reefer container rates in 2017 did not reflect any slack or off-peak dips.
Chicago is a critical node in intermodal rail supply chains because of its geographical location.
22 Feb 2018
Although not limited to Chicago, the top US freight hub has been cited for the most severe gridlock and so much drayage demand that some motor carriers will not accept new customers until April.
SeaCube Container Leasing.
22 Feb 2018
The emerging digital supply chain is offering shippers improved reefer container tracking, as well as better control / management of the cargo's condition. But a decade of reefer underinvestment and an accelerating global economy has led to a shortage of reefer containers.
A worker repositions refrigeration containers.
22 Feb 2018
Strong demand for fresh foods and other perishables that require refrigerated transportation is encouraging news for the global reefer market in 2018. However, logistics challenges threaten to drive up prices and, in some cases, prevent in-time delivery for these limited-shelf-life products.
KFC's UK supply chain was severely disrupted this week.
22 Feb 2018
KFC was forced to close more than half of its UK outlets after switching its distribution to DHL.
A truck travels on a US highway.
21 Feb 2018
Despite a big surge in net truck orders, shippers should not expect near-term relief from the US truck capacity crunch. Registration numbers have also increased, but have not erased shortages.
US Customs House, New York, NY.
21 Feb 2018
A white paper released by the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America concludes that a program designed to streamline trade is still a “work in progress” that is “still in need of a substantial infusion of common sense policy, solid programming, additional budget allocation and good government oversight.”
Canadian Pacific Railway
21 Feb 2018
The expansion of business with Japan’s Ocean Network Express shipping alliance underscores Canadian Pacific Railway's intent to gain intermodal market share.
A railroad in Bangladesh.
21 Feb 2018
Railway-based cargo carriage in Bangladesh is increasing annually, and officials are hopeful that trend will accelerate in the period ahead as a result of a regional Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal connectivity initiative.
Rail freight in Europe.
21 Feb 2018
Given increasing road congestion, the European Union is under pressure to make a concerted effort to create a genuine, pan-European rail market, but given the dominance of state-owned rail operators in most countries that stifles competition, shippers and forwarders remain skeptical.
A truck on a Colorado road.
20 Feb 2018
US truckload and intermodal pricing have both been rising inexorably, although truckload pricing may have peaked momentarily.
Port of Los Angeles.
20 Feb 2018
Growing imports are driving up demand, and rental rates, for seaport warehouses, but beneficial cargo owners in secondary and tertiary markets will likely face a truck capacity shortage due to the electronic logging device and warehouse space in those markets could actually see rental rates soften.
20 Feb 2018
Maersk gave an update on its transformation strategy at its capital markets day in Copenhagen.
A modern container ship at sea.
16 Feb 2018
INTTRA officials see their company as potentially a key player in any central portal or pipeline designed to give shipping industry players end-to-end supply chain visibility, especially if it is blockchain-based.
16 Feb 2018
With a huge investment, JD.com is looking to add high speed rail to its domestic delivery system.
A truck on a US highway.
16 Feb 2018
Crunching shipper data, Zipline Logistics has found that the electronic logging device mandate is having a measurable impact on US trucker transit times and capacity.
Trucks on a US highway.
15 Feb 2018
Changing the hours-of-service rules could give US truckers more flexibility or mask shipper inefficiencies.
Pasha Hawaii.
15 Feb 2018
Pasha said US-flag domestic vessel capacity between the US mainland and Puerto Rico now is sufficient for the trade’s regular carriers.
Direct ChassisLink.
15 Feb 2018
Intermodal equipment provider Direct ChassisLink Inc.’s (DCLI's) Digital DCLI initiative seeks to leverage the company’s REZ-1 technology for myriad supply chain improvements, in a three-year effort that goes far beyond basic chassis supply.
A US wareghouse
15 Feb 2018
Many shippers overlook transportation data that monitor their delivery exceptions. Mining data about delivery exceptions might provide shippers with smarter, more-effectual transportation performance data.
Rail transport.
14 Feb 2018
The key north-south rail link is flowing again, after the section between Milan and Basel had been closed for two weeks, but challenges remain, as terminals work to clear a huge container backlog.
Port of Oakland.
14 Feb 2018
Shippers are complaining and fearing a huge increase in US transportation costs. For those who keep informed of developments impacting this spike in prices, this should not have come as a shock. Further, the factors impacting the hikes are outside the control of the trucking industry.
A truck on a highway in Utah.
13 Feb 2018
US trucking capacity is tightening faster than anticipated in the electronic logging era, and some shippers say that is making it tougher and costlier to move freight as they navigate between higher costs and increasingly constrictive customer demands.
FedEx - one of the world's leading air freight companies.
13 Feb 2018
Driven by rising e-commerce sales, last year saw a 9.5 percent surge in global air freight tonnage for the 12 months ended Nov. 2017 — the industry’s strongest performance since the global financial crisis of 2010; and the uptrend is expected to continue in 2018.
Demand is increasing in the US trucking sector.
12 Feb 2018
The ocean carriers’ long-standing determination to retain the business of large retailers and other large trans-Pacific importers, even if it means accepting marginally profitable or even loss making cargo, is slamming head on into the reality of the US trucking market.
Echo Global Logistics.
08 Feb 2018
As the electronic logging era begins, Echo Global Logistics warns shippers transit times are getting longer and costs are rising in shorter trucking lanes.
DP World’s Container Rail Road Services
08 Feb 2018
DP World is ramping up its inland logistics offerings in India, as supply chain efficiency combined with cargo visibility is seen as a critical growth factor in the emerging Asian economy.
DSV truck on rural road
08 Feb 2018
DSV has posted its best ever financial result after a strong improvement in volume across its three divisions.
XPO Logstics.
07 Feb 2018
Technology investments in the warehouse, at LTL docks, and in the last-mile delivery business are in the works at XPO Logistics, which expects consumer and business demand to propel technology in 2018.