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

Technology smoothing logistics sourcing shifts
12 Sep 2019
Older logistics outsourcing models are being replaced by collaboration among multiple partners on specific, high-priority projects as technology advances.
Port Panama City.
13 Nov 2018
The port's primary facilities at the west terminal sustained relatively minor damage; it was a "mixed bag," the port's executive director said, including lost doors, canopies, and skylights, and some damage to the port's container terminal.
13 Nov 2018
UK and EU negotiators are currently locked in negotiations to try to arrive at an agreement in time for an emergency November summit, but with a persistent lack of clarity over cross-channel trade and no clear strategy guidance from London or Brussels, the supply chain is already well into its Plan B.
Container at the Port of Los Angeles.
13 Nov 2018
Research earlier this year by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors found that large shippers face ocean freight invoicing inaccuracy rates of 2 to 5 percent, while smaller shippers face rates as high as 30 percent.
Warehouse sites in Metro New York/New Jersey area.
12 Nov 2018
With consumers demanding ever faster delivery times, shippers are looking for space that helps them meet that demand, including nontraditional warehouse space.
Intermodal rail.
12 Nov 2018
As a shipper, whether you benefit from precision scheduled railroading (PSR) will likely hinge on how far you ship and where you ship from. In general, favorably situated shippers will probably experience superior service. But shippers in the wrong place could well find themselves back on the highway.
Container ship bunkering.
12 Nov 2018
Rising volume and revenue by shipping lines — often double-digit increases year over year — has not been accompanied by rates rising to levels that are able to offset the effects of steadily escalating bunker fuel costs.
12 Nov 2018
Sponsored: The development of smart containers will shape the future of the container shipping industry, said MSC's Maurizio Aponte, who discussed data standardization, partnering with platform providers, and the mechanics of smart container operations.
Mundra Port.
12 Nov 2018
With the cabotage relaxation, implemented May 21, foreign-flag carriers can transport laden export/import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports without any specific permission or license.
12 Nov 2018
Sponsored: Remote container management is a game changer for the reefer cargo, said Hamburg Süd's Smet in a 2018 JOC Container Trade Europe Conference panel.
SF.
12 Nov 2018
Is venture capital (VC) advancing the logistics technology start-up sector for the betterment of shippers? Or is it distorting the market and penalizing well-run companies that are not VC-backed?
Digital bill of lading.
09 Nov 2018
Efforts to digitize the bill of lading that must accompany each shipment, whether on an ocean vessel or tractor-trailer, aren’t necessarily new, but they’re gaining ground in an era of e-commerce and tight capacity.
An Amazon center in Nevada, United States.
09 Nov 2018
Every year, the expectation regarding “free” is that “free” gets faster and faster, and e-commerce players are a major factor. Thus, two-to-three-day click-to-delivery expectations are now the norm. And that’s upping delivery pressure on shippers.
Air cargo in China.
09 Nov 2018
Three major online buying events — Singles’ Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are coming — and when they are combined with the evolution of the three into global shopping and shipping events, it means more pressure on air freight pipelines.
A truck travels on a US highway.
08 Nov 2018
Investment is growing in start-up collaborative logistics platforms that connect parties and break down silos between areas such as procurement, visibility, and payment.
08 Nov 2018
Hapag-Lloyd became the latest example of how rising volume and revenue is being thoroughly eroded by increasing bunker fuel prices.
Port of Los Angeles.
08 Nov 2018
Some are predicting a continuation of peak season-like conditions not just through the end of the year but continuing until the Chinese New Year holiday beginning in early February. Beyond that, two sector variables will determine the extent of anticipated first-quarter weakness in spot rates.
Freight forwarding.
08 Nov 2018
The triple threat of e-commerce retailers, logistics technology startups, and ocean carriers pushing into the logistics services space is creating pressure on forwarders to innovate in the way they adopt new technology and engage with shippers to maintain value in those relationships.
Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor, JOC Logistics Tech Conference.
07 Nov 2018
Blockchain is one of the most-often discussed topics in the shipping industry. Proponents argue it has the potential to transform shipping and supply chain management, among many other uses. JOC senior technology editor Eric Johnson provided a primer on the subject at the recently completed JOC Logistics Technology Conference in Las Vegas.
A truck travels on a US road.
07 Nov 2018
Machine learning tools are often touted as mechanisms to drive next-level benefits in freight movement, but current use cases are more feet-on-the-ground than head-in-the-cloud applications.
Yang Ming,
07 Nov 2018
While container shipping fundamentals are improving, 2019 holds major challenges for ocean carriers.
A truck travels in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
07 Nov 2018
At the recently completed JOC Inland Distribution Conference 2018 in Illinois, shippers and executives received a clear message concerning the economy and their shipping plan, among other insights.
A Manitoulin truck.
06 Nov 2018
The addition of Express Havre St-Pierre helps 'build out' Manitoulin Transport's truckload and LTL service map in Quebec, especially in the province's rural areas, and complements its westward expansion.
Cargo and blockchain technology.
06 Nov 2018
The new consortium, powered by Oracle Cloud Blockchain Service, involves CMA CGM, Cosco Shipping (and subsidiary brand OOCL), Evergreen Marine, and Yang Ming, and the lines represent about one-third of total global container ship capacity.
Transshipment.
06 Nov 2018
New port data collected indicate Chennai is slowly establishing a footprint in transshipment handling.
Air cargo China.
06 Nov 2018
This Sunday, Nov. 11, will see the annual Singles' Day online ordering frenzy in mainland China that is expected to surpass the 254 billion yuan ($37 billion) in e-commerce sales generated in 2017.
Containers stacked.
05 Nov 2018
India officials say the establishment of an alternative, river transport will help reduce highway congestion and improve supply chain efficiency.
A truck travels in South Dakota, United States.
05 Nov 2018
The number of for-hire US trucking employees skyrocketed in the first 10 months of 2018, fueled by freight demand, but large trucking operators are short truck drivers in a tight labor market.
Technology and shipping.
05 Nov 2018
In the shipping industry, it’s an exciting but risky time. Because tech innovation isn’t native to incumbent players, the risks of a wrong decision are inherently greater and are compounded by the accelerating pace of development and the increasing presence of tech-native players asserting themselves in many segments of the market.
A soybean farm in Kansas, United States.
05 Nov 2018
Coupled with other, recent logistics-focused, blockchain developments, the announcement by Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, Cargill, and Louis Dreyfus on Oct. 25 could be seen as tangible progress in the advancement of commercially viable uses of the somewhat controversial technology.
Port of Los Angeles.
02 Nov 2018
The Trump administration's initial 10 percent tariff on China prompted front-loading of holiday goods earlier this year. Now, the prospect of an additional 25 percent tariff on China on Jan. 1 is affecting spring shipments. Each is among the chief reasons trans-Pacific spot rates have maintained their strength.
Two container ships at sea.
02 Nov 2018
The World Shipping Council, which represents the container shipping industry, said the paper by the OECD’s International Transport Forum that wants the European Commission’s block exemption for container shipping lines to end without renewal in April 2020 demonstrated “a fundamental misunderstanding” of how the consortia block exemption works.
Trucks parked in Louisiana, United States.
02 Nov 2018
If shippers reorganized efficiently and put an end to procurement teams focused solely on price and transactions instead of supply chain efficiency, we would have more drivers available and motivated to take time to train and become more valuable as well as get paid more.
01 Nov 2018
Less-than-truckload (LTL) shippers must scramble to find alternatives and anticipate higher pricing, as UPS Freight stops taking freight ahead of a Teamster vote on its ‘last, best, final’ contract offer. Freight is unlikely to be stranded, but it will probably move at a premium, as LTL carriers prioritize freight from existing customers.
XPO Logistics.
01 Nov 2018
A dynamic, demand-based pricing system similar to those used by airlines and hotels is one part of a broader plan that would affect how freight is shipped in the US LTL market.
Dominik Stehle, Zeamarine.
01 Nov 2018
Effective in February, Stehle will focus on business development, key accounts, and managing large projects, as well as supporting organizational restructuring efforts that began earlier in 2018.