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

25 Nov 2020
CMA CGM on Dec. 4 will launch Seapriority Express from Yantian to Los Angeles with guaranteed equipment availability and priority loading in China, and chassis availability in Southern California.
11 Aug 2020
Maersk’s recent entry into the TMS space highlights the range of players targeting different segments of a fragmented shipper market that’s gravitating toward web-based tools.
11 Aug 2020
US imports from Asia and China turned positive in July, but US retailers predict a short peak season they say will be the weakest in four years.
11 Aug 2020
Severely limited air cargo capacity has forced airlines to scrap many block space deals held with forwarders at a time when spot rates on the major east-west trades are at high levels.
11 Aug 2020
Jack Mahoney, currently head of Maersk North America’s automotive industry division, will end a 21-year tenure with the Danish giant to lead the niche trans-Pacific carrier.
10 Aug 2020
Spot rates from Asia to both US coasts spiked by several hundred dollars last week as carriers in the eastbound trans-Pacific prepare to implement an Aug. 15 general rate increase.
10 Aug 2020
Companies able to field large numbers of trucks are no longer cutting back, but with high demand, additional capacity will come at a price to shippers.
10 Aug 2020
FedEx Express has increased its temporary international COVID-19 surcharge, weighing the extra costs of air cargo capacity limits as businesses struggle to stay afloat.
10 Aug 2020
Container volume on the Asia-Europe trade has bounced back from a sharp drop in April during the Europe-wide lockdown.
10 Aug 2020
The impact of the coronavirus on US imports from Europe can be seen in first-half volumes, where carriers are struggling to match capacity with sharply declining automotive demand.
07 Aug 2020
KBR writes down $1.2 billion of energy project backlog and will focus on government and technology services.
07 Aug 2020
The latest strike action and low expectations among employers that the federal government will intervene suggests Canada’s second-largest port faces a protracted disruption.
07 Aug 2020
While Indian rail operators have a long way to go to sufficiently meet the bargains BCOs are seeking to permanently migrate away from their traditional mode of transport, those gaps seem to be narrowing.
07 Aug 2020
Oakland is beginning to experience the equipment shortages and declining productivity at warehouses and marine terminals that Los Angeles and Long Beach have seen over the past month.
07 Aug 2020
Supply chain disruption and the spread of COVID-19 may have limited carrier ability to add drivers and other employees last month, despite heightened demand.
06 Aug 2020
Falling oil prices and rising demand for wind turbines are driving the mix of breakbulk and project cargo in Houston and throughout the US Gulf.
06 Aug 2020
Intermodal volume, rates, and savings have been on a rollercoaster this year, surging this summer to levels higher than a year ago after steep declines this spring during the height of the pandemic.
06 Aug 2020
Amazon and UTi vet Ed Feitzinger has joined ClearMetal’s board, attracted by the company’s ability to translate visibility data in better supply chain coordination between large global shippers and their customers.
06 Aug 2020
A port like Montreal, for whom up to half of its cargo is so-called “discretionary” -- where the shipper has a choice of ports -- is especially vulnerable to labor unrest, especially if it is protracted or repeated such that it acquires a reputation for lack of reliability.
06 Aug 2020
An important lesson to be gained is the role of TOFC as intermodal surge capacity: While there is a finite number of domestic containers in the North American fleet, there are, for all practical purposes, an infinite number of trailers available.
05 Aug 2020
Warehouses in Southern California are grappling with congestion and equipment shortages that can be traced back to marine terminals, as well as sporadic labor shortages owing to COVID-19.
05 Aug 2020
The three largest express providers reported improving signs in the sector in their most recent earnings reports, as COVID-hit volumes recovered gradually as the second quarter progressed.
05 Aug 2020
The disruption and dislocation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic puts a premium on shipper visibility into LTL networks via digitization, as well as “touchless” pickups and deliveries.
05 Aug 2020
The FMC also urged ocean carriers to get more involved in local stakeholder groups in the Port of New York-New Jersey in order to help facilitate “double moves” by drayage companies.
05 Aug 2020
Bulk carrier Scorpio and specialized oil and gas heavy load carrier OHT shift toward the offshore wind industry as the sector is poised to expand by 270 percent.
05 Aug 2020
The flood of orders for items purchased online rides atop a wave of inventory replenishment further stretching capacity limits.
05 Aug 2020
This episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Bill Shea, CEO of DCLI, and a panel discussion on the slowing trans-Atlantic trade.
04 Aug 2020
The less-than-truckload (LTL) industry is catching the wave of digitization transforming supply chains, as e-commerce heightens shipper demand for improved service and visibility.
04 Aug 2020
One marine terminal in Montreal has begun turning away refrigerated exports as a series of strikes will last until at least Friday.
04 Aug 2020
Uber Freight and CH Robinson announced links with accounting and ad hoc project software providers, a sign they need to extend their range of services to reach pools of small shippers.
04 Aug 2020
In expanding the surcharge to all shippers, UP cited “a significant increase in demand for container capacity across the system” that is expected to “increase further in the coming weeks.”
04 Aug 2020
Sources expect Bangladesh’s export figures for August and September to fall sharply, given the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and bankruptcy declarations from some major apparel retailers.
04 Aug 2020
A new dredging project will allow vessels that use the Panama Canal’s wider locks, which can accommodate ships of 14,000 TEU capacity, to navigate the Mississippi River up to Baton Rouge.
04 Aug 2020
A tech-enabled cross-border truckload marketplace is giving shippers access to instantly bookable contract rates for up to a year as it seeks to build density with enterprise customers.
03 Aug 2020
Crowley Maritime’s switch to lift-on lift-off vessels a decade ago didn’t pay full dividends until it adopted an aligned terminal operating system to support its grounded operations at its hubs in Florida and Puerto Rico.
03 Aug 2020
The latest strike notice adds to the shipping industry’s fears that the disruption will have lasting damage on Montreal's attractiveness as a gateway for so-called discretionary cargo.