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

18 Sep 2020
Shippers using third-party vendors to help them manage auditing and paying their freight bills see a sizable advantage in process costs versus those that manage the function in-house, new research has found.
Shippers have to work around visibility data inconsistency and often expensive software implementations.
15 May 2019
Shippers now expect better visibility as newer SaaS companies are redrawing the ease of consumption and functional expectations of track-and-trace technologies.
14 May 2019
It’s a nerve-wracking time for established forwarders. These new entrants are faster than them, and at the same time carriers are pushing more of them to go online with digital solutions.
14 May 2019
Shippers shouldn’t be worried about large carriers shutting down, but smaller trucking firms are vulnerable as the freight market softens.
13 May 2019
Amazon’s logistics business needs to be regulated, but it’s not because Amazon is a bad company; on the contrary, it’s because the company is so exceptional, Freightos CEO Zvi Schreiber writes in JOC.com's The Industry Speaks series.
10 May 2019
The Chinese state-run ocean carrier and fellow Asia-based lines are slowly revealing plans that tilt toward deeper logistics services beyond conventional ocean shipping, with a distinctive Asian focus.
09 May 2019
The first Central American vessel as part of two vessel strings from Seaboard Marine to the US East coast visited Savannah this week, a growing trade lane that has generated a 70 percent increase in imports in Georgia since 2014.
09 May 2019
A blockchain protocol developer and a payroll services company have combined to alleviate the need for small trucking companies to turn to factoring services.
08 May 2019
The costs of climate change and impacts to business are typically discussed as abstract and distant, but a review of recent history shows those costs are already here, and climbing.
Transplace plans to expand overseas “organically,” although the company will evaluate opportunities to acquire a presence in global markets via mergers and acquisitions.
08 May 2019
The Dallas-based third-party logistics provider is looking to expand beyond North America as shippers seek a more global view of their supply chains.
08 May 2019
Truck registrations are surging, but shippers are getting better at their game, creating new capacity through efficiencies, speakers say at the Transplace Shipper Symposium.
08 May 2019
Historically, intermodal rail has offered a slower, lower-cost option for shippers, but with truckload prices falling, intermodal rail is now more expensive than trucking in some secondary markets.
07 May 2019
The pioneer in on-demand warehousing, Flexe, nabbed $43 million in venture capital funding to build out its short-term spot contract logistics marketplace.
VC funding expanding regional digital forwarder reach
03 May 2019
Venture capital groups worldwide have been pouring money into the digital freight forwarding model, but the regional proliferation of such companies is mirroring traditional forwarder development.
03 May 2019
US shippers have pricing power over truckers now, but their advantage may slip away by the end of 2019, Coyote Logistics warns.
03 May 2019
A rush to get wind towers in place before production tax credits expire is causing a capacity crunch in the oversize-overweight trucking business.
Specialty food producer Goya manages 15 different ocean freight contracts via software provider Info-X, sourcing its more than 2,500 products from 25 countries.
02 May 2019
Ocean contract management tools are more commonly associated with freight forwarders, but shippers can find value enabling real-time access to centralized rates.
01 May 2019
US importers paying tariffs might have some remedies at their disposal to limit their financial obligation, but many don’t know their options and are leaving valuable savings on the table.
01 May 2019
San Francisco-based domestic freight broker Opus9 has added a new dimension to its instant pricing functionality by offering instant drayage rates.
WEF offers logistics industry-created blockchain 'toolkit'
01 May 2019
A new World Economic Forum initiative is designed to help shippers and other supply chain parties better understand how to judge whether blockchain is required and how to deploy it effectively.
30 Apr 2019
The growing size of oversize and overweight shipments makes transport to inland destinations more complex, increasing the need for cross-modal collaboration.
30 Apr 2019
International freight forwarders posted surprisingly strong first-quarter performances in the face of slowing global economic activity, continued US-China trade tensions, a decline in business confidence in the eurozone, a tightening of financial conditions, and higher policy uncertainty.
29 Apr 2019
Sponsored: NYSHEX VP Kim Cockrell on challenges BCOs faced this past peak season, and how shippers can minimize these issues through guaranteed space and equipment and fixed pricing.
How wary should truck brokers be of Amazon?
29 Apr 2019
Speculation has run rampant over the past three years that the e-commerce giant would eventually compete with the parcel carriers that move its freight, but it turns out Amazon actually has its sights set on the brokerage market.
29 Apr 2019
The acquisition of developer Deepwater Wind has netted Copenhagen-based Orsted a portfolio of wind farm projects off the coasts of Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, and New York.
29 Apr 2019
Uber Freight has established a direct integration into SAP’s widely used TMS, enabling the digital broker to expand the demand side of its marketplace and SAP users to tap into Uber’s driver network.
26 Apr 2019
The Port of Los Angeles is attracting support from ocean carriers, terminal operators, truckers, railroads, and other stakeholders for a proposed "cyber resilience center."
25 Apr 2019
The French ocean carrier is offering instant rate quotes as part of a larger suite of electronic tools designed to simplify processes for shippers, as well as bring greater control of CMA CGM’s data in house.
25 Apr 2019
Prior attempts at guaranteed ocean products have struggled due to a lack of demand for higher-priced premium services; what makes Kuehne + Nagel’s KN Pledge any different?
23 Apr 2019
India’s largest freight rail operator will maintain its current pricing through March 31, 2020, as part of a greater effort to encourage containerized rail movements throughout the country.
23 Apr 2019
Investments in warehousing technology are being driven not just by e-commerce growth but also by larger shippers wanting to optimize inventory placement as their networks get more complex.
22 Apr 2019
US containerized imports from Asia dropped 0.5 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2019, after rising 15.5 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the PIERS data, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Markit
22 Apr 2019
Sponsored: C.H. Robinson's Matt McInerney on US-China tariff question, risk management amid supply chain sourcing changes, and domestic drayage challenges.
22 Apr 2019
Sponsored: No matter whether the market goes up or down, this year carriers are more inclined than ever to change their culture, Laufer Group reports. Investment toward a minimum common level of technology and standards and carrier expansion into ancillary services discussed in this video.
Top 50 Trucking Companies 2018
22 Apr 2019
The 50 largest US trucking operators grabbed a larger share of the market, while smaller carriers raised the bar in terms of revenue growth last year thanks to the strongest freight market since the 2009 recession.
Amazon ranks #1 in top 50 global 3PLs
20 Apr 2019
Although the e-commerce giant doesn't describe itself as a third-party logistics provider (3PL), Amazon has surpassed major global players such as DHL and Kuehne + Nagel in 3PL revenue.