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

21 Feb 2020
A sizable investment in a yard automation startup this week is a signal that shippers and logistics providers need to prioritize efficiencies in their warehousing and distribution facilities to cope with the speed of supply chains.
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.
09 Jan 2018
Excess capacity in the market is doing carriers no favors in contract talks with shippers, and even though demand is growing, it will not be strong enough to address the surplus in supply.
09 Jan 2018
China last year announced bans on imports of certain types of scrap products from all countries in order to reduce the harmful effect of contaminated waste products.
08 Jan 2018
The acquisition was the latest in a series of mergers and acquisitions among customs brokers and forwarders.
08 Jan 2018
Airlines and forwarders are expecting online shopping to continue growing e-commerce volume into 2018.
05 Jan 2018
New York is mulling a plan to move the smallest terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey away from a heavily populated area near downtown Brooklyn.
05 Jan 2018
In the "forwarder battle" between carriers and NVOs, performance in one area may be critical to winning shippers as clients.
05 Jan 2018
The hurricanes that struck the United States last year provided a teachable moment for shippers regarding supply chain structure and management.
05 Jan 2018
The intermodal sector has the feel of a certain US film, which is fine, if a disrupter follows a longtime tactic that led to sector innovation.
05 Jan 2018
The company, which recently passed the 50 million TEU mark, said it is steadily increasing its direct port delivery business.
04 Jan 2018
When it comes to predictive analytics, there are literally countless ways to arrive at predictions, but not all predictions are the same.
04 Jan 2018
The extremely frigid weather will affect everything in the United States from shipping schedules to the availability of truck drivers — and that will have an impact on costs.
04 Jan 2018
The axiom, "Where you stand depends on where you sit," applies regarding the views on how transportation will fare in 2018.
04 Jan 2018
As the third decade of globalization nears, Indonesia has several characteristics that shippers and business interests find attractive.
03 Jan 2018
Despite a gain in container traffic, it was a bittersweet 2017 for the Port of Chittagong.
03 Jan 2018
The rapidly growing popularity of DPD, in which import containers can be cleared direct from the wharf, rather than at an off-site yard, has transformed JNPT’s supply chain.
03 Jan 2018
Artificial intelligence and related technologies will transform supply chain management as transport operators adopt these technologies to uncover data patterns to boost efficiency, among other benefits, says a logistics executive.
03 Jan 2018
The parcel industry until recently was operating on the past premise of weekday deliveries with a surcharge and only with express delivery on Saturdays,
03 Jan 2018
US importers are slightly more upbeat regarding their trans-Pacific goods shipments at the start of 2018.
03 Jan 2018
Beneficial cargo owners see the advantage of warehouse space closer to the port, but that locale is not without a downside.
02 Jan 2018
Extended, frigid weather and high freight demand have collided in the US heartland’s freight hub, squeezing an already tight drayage market.
02 Jan 2018
The company said the line, dubbed the Kathmandu Express, is designed to meet Nepal's growing import trade.
02 Jan 2018
In a series of conversations, JOC executive editor Mark Szakonyi surveyed three shippers on how 2017 fared for their supply chains and what 2018 holds.
02 Jan 2018
Economic health is driving growth in cargo volumes.
02 Jan 2018
Business organizations, as well as individual shippers, had protested the truck weight limit, which forced transporters to move one container of goods in two trucks.
01 Jan 2018
The US regulatory agency begins the year with two vacancies — vacancies that will probably have a policy impact.
30 Dec 2017
Technology that provides real-time cargo location visibility gained much attention in 2017, as did tracking for containers, chassis, and other equipment. That trend is likely to continue in 2018.
29 Dec 2017
Spot rates in the major east-west trades ended 2017 on a high note.
29 Dec 2017
The supply-demand forecast is available. So is the historical data, along with the start date and location. So why are terminals and/or ports not implementing a more-efficient, utilitarian chassis system?
29 Dec 2017
A key, new container shipping partnership will commence operations in 2018's first quarter, and it will affect the intra-Asia supply-demand equation.
29 Dec 2017
Key north-south parties expect the positive trade pattern to continue in the year ahead, but there are challenges that could dent that forecast.