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

14 Jul 2020
Microsoft continues to build on its position as a provider of web services to the logistics industry via an expanded relationship with C.H. Robinson, North America’s largest freight broker.
Trucks travel in Brazil.
13 Mar 2018
Trucks are being hijacked at a rate of more than one per hour in the Brazilian city and its hinterland, according to reliable sources, and this has boosted insurance and security costs.
A barge leaves for a mission.
13 Mar 2018
With a quarter of the island’s residents lacking electrical power, long-term improvements are taking a back seat to rebuilding efforts.
A US intermodal facility.
13 Mar 2018
The intermodal model is complex, requiring a coordinated ballet in which various inputs — including rail line capacity, railcar supply, terminal capacity, chassis supply, container supply, and drayage capacity — all need to be in balance. That is not the case this year.
12 Mar 2018
In what is typically the slow season for US truckload shipping, carriers are levying surcharges and rejecting shipments.
12 Mar 2018
Aligning capacity with fluctuating demand and sticker-shock pricing is always a tough dance in the air cargo spot market, and it is getting more difficult.
Port of Oakland.
09 Mar 2018
Ocean carriers want to put the past 10 years behind them; it was a time when their focus went inward, and unsuccessfully so. Much rebuilding is needed to re-establish credibility with customers. One opportunity is the small shipper market. But can carriers make their services Amazon-like for small shippers?
09 Mar 2018
The scheduled Hong Kong-LAX freighter service to be launched by Flexport is aimed at locking in space on the busy route.
A UPS air cargo flight.
07 Mar 2018
Tight space in air cargo will keep rates up and keep shippers under pressure, especially during peak periods.
A freight travels in northern Russia.
07 Mar 2018
According to railroad RZD, container cargo delivery time on the new rail route will be substantially shorter than sea transport.
TPM 2018.
07 Mar 2018
The latest news from the JOC’s 18th Annual TPM Conference in Long Beach. Check back with this document frequently for the latest news and insights from key shipping and trade decision makers.
06 Mar 2018
RoadOne has been buying regional drayage providers to add experience to its team and ensure compliance with strict electronic logging device hours-of-service rules and clean truck standards at marine ports.
A Hapag-Lloyd container ship.
06 Mar 2018
Shippers may find that Hapag-Lloyd’s use of CargoSphere’s rate translation systems makes it faster and easier to see what their negotiated rates mean for the cost of sending cargo on different routes around the world.
05 Mar 2018
Addressing TPM 2018 in a keynote address, DB Schenker CEO Jochen Thewes said technology is changing the game completely and he described an environment in which the traditional business model of forwarders was under threat.
05 Mar 2018
CMA CGM wants “to be more than a price tag” and to that end will roll out insurance, trade finance, and technology and digitization efforts to make the carrier more responsive to shipper needs.
A container ship heads out to sea.
05 Mar 2018
Shippers may now find booking cargo simpler with all top 10 carriers working through the INTTRA portal, as well as a growing number of smaller carriers.
The Port of Los Angeles.
02 Mar 2018
Small and medium shippers may find they can save $200 per container on average as part of a new buying group created by Drewry and Chainalytics that gives them the kind of bargaining power that big beneficial cargo owners have.
The Port of Los Angeles.
01 Mar 2018
Beneficial cargo owners can look for only modest rate hikes in service contract negotiations beginning this month, due to a projected 8 to 9 percent increase in trans-Pacific capacity, while imports are projected to increase 5 to 6 percent, according to Alphaliner.
Containers at the Port of Hamburg.
28 Feb 2018
Although the world’s biggest ocean freight forwarder gained market share, increasing its TEU bookings by 7.5 percent (versus about 5.0 percent market growth) to 4.4 million TEU, its overall gross profit from ocean freight remained static at 1.416 billion Swiss francs.
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.