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 Jul 2020
Cosco Shipping's partnership with Alibaba and the group’s finance arm Ant Financial, which will primarily focus on using blockchain to track containerized goods globally, fits into China’s larger goal of creating a digital silk road threading through its Belt and Road initiative.
Trucks traveling in Florida.
07 May 2018
It was President John F. Kennedy who said, “I appreciate candor, almost as much as I appreciate good news.” Place this point in the category of utmost candor: if you thought it was difficult to find a truck in the United States in the first quarter, just wait.
A truck travels on a road in Russia.
05 May 2018
Russia hopes to jump-start its truck transport sector — and save shippers considerable time and money — with a new program of incentives and subsidies to support Russia-owned/operated vehicle transport of cargo to EU destinations.
The Port of Oakland.
05 May 2018
Change, and technological change, is occurring in logistics, but the analysis that argues ocean carriers are trying to put logistics providers out of business is a stretch. The more likely scenario is more diverse — and one that will ultimately benefit the customer.
Port of Antwerp.
04 May 2018
The stronger European economy with its rising container volumes and next-generation technology has exposed a weakness in the continent’s supply chain — and it’s one that will likely require the input of all stakeholders to eliminate.
A container ship at sea.
03 May 2018
INTTRA doesn’t see its rate management pilot as directly competitive to those of its partners, but multiple current and former executives involved in the rate management software space have a different evaluation of the pilot’s launch last week.
An Amazon distribution center.
03 May 2018
The technology that has enabled the birth and growth of the surging e-commerce sector has also introduced new requirements and demands for customs brokers and shippers.
A truck travels on a US road.
02 May 2018
Shippers struggling to find a truck in the United States are turning to dedicated contract carriage. However, it’s not a simple switch and shippers are advised to do their homework — there’s an upside and a downside.
A container ship passes under the Golden Gate Bridge.
02 May 2018
In that debate, Flexport's CEO underscored the company's performance to date, and how he sees 2018.
Port of Itaqui, Brazil.
02 May 2018
Port managers want to re-brand the locale in a new, distinct role, with an eye toward two key markets.
DP World's Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal at JNPT.
02 May 2018
The refinement is the latest time-saver from DP World, which has been at the forefront of automation and trade service improvements at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, with direct port delivery being a prime example.
FedEx trucks.
01 May 2018
FedEx Corp. has tapped John A. Smith to run its FedEx Freight division as president effective Aug. 16, succeeding the retiring Michael Ducker. Smith, 56, has been with FedEx since 2000 but is unrelated to the company’s founder Fred Smith.
A truck on a US road.
30 Apr 2018
Shippers were surprised by the severity of price increases demanded by US truckers in the first quarter. Logistics executives at the NASSTRAC Shipper Conference said they’re going beyond being “shippers of choice” and thinking outside the box — looking for new ways to create capacity.
CMA CGM
30 Apr 2018
Is the decision by CMA CGM to take a 25 percent stake in CEVA the beginning of a wave in which ocean carriers seek to become one-stop shipper shops?
Trucks on a US highway.
27 Apr 2018
With US truckload capacity tight, shippers are investigating any alternative method possible to get their freight off the docks.
KLM in Moscow, Russia
27 Apr 2018
The rate hike may be just the beginning of additional, larger Federal Anti-Monopoly Service fee increases, as part of Russia's response to the West’s latest package of sanctions, imposed by the United States, and supported by many European allies.
The Port of Novorossiysk.
26 Apr 2018
Currently, the Port of Novorossiysk is finishing a large-scale construction project that will enable it to vie for the status of a regional container hub, as well increase its annual container capacity to 1 million TEU.
A truck travels on a US road.
26 Apr 2018
Intel CEO Andrew Grove observed that the need for transformation could arise with the introduction of a different regulatory environment. Change is unavoidable, but strategic points of inflection are not always obvious in real-time. In the future, it’s likely that April 1, 2018 — the date electronic logging device enforcement “went live” — will be enshrined as a red-letter day for the industry.
The Port of Antwerp.
26 Apr 2018
Among other benefits, automating the management system for contract rates will reduce invoice errors that add to administrative functions, project administrators argue.
New York from Kearny, New Jersey.
25 Apr 2018
Shippers and logistics providers seeking warehouse space in the Port of New York and New Jersey area amid rising rents and declining vacancy rates are unlikely to see near-term relief, even as more than a dozen projects will add more than 12 million square feet to the market, real estate brokers say.
Chittagong Port.
25 Apr 2018
The Prime Minister’s Office recently asked the Chittagong Port Authority to take proper measures to ensure that less-than-containerload cargoes are unstuffed in two days and delivered to the consignees within three days.
25 Apr 2018
The ban on imports of recycled waste by China that has hurt shippers in the major markets is also affecting forwarders.
XPO Logistics.
24 Apr 2018
Some said it could not be done, but Bradley Jacobs is forging new shipper services by integrating assets and resources from across XPO Logistics’ diverse operating network.
A truck travels on a US highway.
24 Apr 2018
A survey of more than 600 owner-operators and small carriers shows little change in detention practices at shipper docks, despite electronic logging and market pressures.
Trucks at a US port.
24 Apr 2018
The federal agency declined to elaborate on the identity of the beneficial cargo owners that issued these complaints or which ocean carriers received letters sent out on April 20.
A warehouse in the United States.
23 Apr 2018
Beneficial cargo owners looking for industrial space face one of the tightest US real estate markets in years, especially in large seaport and inland cities, as growth in traditional import logistics and e-commerce is creating especially strong demand in large population centers.
A truck travels on a US road.
23 Apr 2018
The immediate goal may be end-to-end tracking, but greater gains may come as shippers use data to manage capacity.
23 Apr 2018
Handling a mega-ship can draw in a large number of other modes at a gateway port, which are needed to shift the large volume of containers moving on and off the vessel.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
23 Apr 2018
Taking a cue from reform front-runner Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, authorities at other major public ports appear to be vigorously encouraging shippers to use the simplified mode of direct port delivery for their import discharges, bypassing third-party logistics providers.
21 Apr 2018
Sponsored: DB Schenker's Philippe Gilbert, CEO, Americas and CEO, Asia Pacific Ditlev Blicher on data innovation, the rise of Asia, and challenges of real-time collaboration across the supply chain.
Vehicle waiting for export in Japan.
21 Apr 2018
Manufacturers and shippers of autos and other vehicles have some of the most detailed contingency plans in the transportation industry for adjusting to weather, port congestion, rail disruptions, and truck capacity issues. And the need to have a resilient plan in place will only be magnified by the climate change era’s increased severe weather events.
A truck travels on a US road.
19 Apr 2018
In the US trucking sector, smaller carriers are gravitating toward shorter-haul freight, Zipline Logistics has found. That could put more pressure on longer-haul capacity.
An Amazon fulfillment center in Indiana.
19 Apr 2018
An explosion of e-commerce business is driving up rents at last-mile/last-touch fulfillment centers in urban core locations, and entrepreneurial truckers are finding ways to participate in this growing market. But the end result is a plus for beneficial cargo owners and consumers, as these developments enhance customer service and prevent final delivered costs from getting out of hand.
A freight train in Russia approaches Moscow.
19 Apr 2018
Cargo can now make the East Russia-Europe trip in about six to seven days, as opposed to 10 to 11 days previously, owing to railway improvements that enable higher speeds.
18 Apr 2018
Sponsored: APL Chief Executive Nicolas Sartini gives his outlook on the maritime trade industry for 2018 and areas of market growth. At the JOC TPM Conference in March he discussed the launch of a new EXX service for APL, an 11-day service from Shanghai to Los Angeles, designed as a speed-to-market alternative for air freight.
Cranes at Port Houston.
18 Apr 2018
Analysts at 3rd Annual JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston see US Gulf imports increasing 8 percent this year, while exports should rise 2 percent, assuming no trade war occurs. Further, Gulf exports could exceed forecasts, if the long-delayed boom in exports of synthetic resins from the region materializes soon.