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 Sep 2020
Criticism of the truckload broker Convoy for using venture capital to expand its market share reached a fever pitch this week based on a new offering that helps shippers sidestep the annual bid process, a product incumbent brokers claim is not as innovative as Convoy suggests.
05 Sep 2019
The Swiss freight forwarder and Singapore’s investment arm are teaming up to fund logistics-focused startups at the Series A and B stage, building on a partnership they started in January 2018.
04 Sep 2019
While some liner shipping parties questions the wisdom of container lines alone developing data standards, the speed with which the DCSA unveiled its first set of standardized process maps suggests maybe fewer parties are better suited for such sweeping initiatives.
02 Sep 2019
A container shipping consortium of nine carriers designed to create common data standards in the industry released its first set of digital process guidelines governing the journey of shipments, containers, and vessels.
Peder Winther
30 Aug 2019
Sponsored: Like most members of the global maritime industry, Switzerland-based Panalpina is weathering challenging geopolitical ti mes, while at the same time continuing to grow its supply-chain solutions and managing the costs of doing business. In this interview, Peder Winther, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Ocean Freight, is explicit in how Panalpina is maintaining the right balance.
29 Aug 2019
J.B. Hunt has informed shippers it will assess peak season surcharges on excess freight out of California and Washington state even though volumes are much weaker than a year ago.
28 Aug 2019
Data from the spot freight procurement platform Cargobase finds shippers should consider a limited number of quotes and the right timeline to solicit.
27 Aug 2019
JOC Senior Technology Editor Eric Johnson talks about what the introduction of three new carrier-developed digital entities — TradeLens, the Global Business Shipping Network, and the Digital Container Shipping Association — means to the liner shipping industry.
27 Aug 2019
A logistics collaboration software provider debuts a new freight payment capability that’s tied directly to the shipment, a process that’s unusual for shippers except in situations where a TMS provides such capability.
26 Aug 2019
JOC event in Mumbai highlights the number of companies targeting container logistics in a country known for its relatively light use of containerized supply chains.
26 Aug 2019
Supply chain software providers are using application program interfaces (APIs) to connect previously disparate data sources and systems, potentially ushering a new strata of neutrality in freight transportation.
22 Aug 2019
Coyote Logistics reports its spot market index is down 24.9 percent year over year, but the 3PL believes an inflection point is near when demand will begin to pick up and rates climb again.
22 Aug 2019
WiseTech Global is making a big push into the US with the acquisition of Depot Systems, which runs container yards and handles container bookings.
19 Aug 2019
WiseTech’s purchase of Depot Systems allows it to gain yard container management technology in the US.
Directory of Trucking Companies | 2019
16 Aug 2019
The 2019 JOC Directory of Trucking Companies is a one-stop source of information for North American shippers and third-party logistics providers on nearly 180 select trucking companies in the United States and Canada.
16 Aug 2019
The middleman role of forwarders will remain, but their survival will depend on embracing technology and providing greater value to customers in a transparent, data-driven environment.
Grant Crawford discussed the plans for expanding live data and the direction from which he sees the next wave of innovation coming.
09 Aug 2019
Sponsored: Digital marketplace Emerge launched in late 2018, connecting shippers directly with carriers. At JOC’s TPM conference in March 2019, President Grant Crawford discussed the plans for expanding live data and the direction from which he sees the next wave of innovation coming.
09 Aug 2019
An international freight rate marketplace provider is providing forwarders with a free quoting tool to drive adoption of instant quotes while also building capacity for its BCO customers.
07 Aug 2019
India is seeing some improvement in utilizing its inland waterways and coastal routes for freight movements, but wants to make a stronger push through incentives and infrastructure investment.
Firming trans-Pac spot rates signal calmer peak
02 Aug 2019
Spot rates in the eastbound Pacific are starting to firm, but will not increase as dramatically as they did during the 2018 peak season because importers are taking tariff announcements in stride.
02 Aug 2019
Centralized cargo consolidation makes Mexico City dominant in industrial development, but growing port volumes may change that over time.
02 Aug 2019
An Indian tech startup is luring reefer shippers with a digital platform as refrigerated cargo volumes in the country are on the upswing.
31 Jul 2019
It may not be a position appreciated by shippers, but DSV’s CEO says after years of low rates, the IMO 2020-driven fuel increases will generally be limited.
31 Jul 2019
New trade and transportation dynamics are emerging in Mexico, as global trade shifts and economies slow, speakers at the JOC Mexico Trade Conference said.
30 Jul 2019
With just three months to go until the UK withdraws from the European Union, business is piling pressure on the new British government to avoid leaving without a deal.
30 Jul 2019
A flurry of M&A activity among freight forwarders and logistics companies in the first half of 2019 shows no signs of slowing, industry observers say.
29 Jul 2019
Increased tariff levels are often not accounted for when shippers secure financing for shipments, one of a range of issues the freight forwarder Flexport plans to tackle with its Flexport Capital product.
26 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Gulf Intermodal Services’ President Will Connell on the driver shortage, chassis availability, and the resin boom.
26 Jul 2019
Maersk’s investment in digital trucking marketplace Loadsmart presaged a move to offer integrated US truckload rates on its online booking platform, a move the carrier confirmed this week.
25 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Keith Reardon, CN's senior vice president for consumer products supply chain growth, maps out the Canadian freight railway’s strategy for keeping pace with market forces.
Catapult provides software to forwarders that helps them manage their ocean freight contracts and quote more quickly and accurately to shippers.
25 Jul 2019
Software partnerships are expanding the appeal of core systems like electronic rate management, symbolized by Catapult’s collaboration with Xeneta helping it to land BDP
UPS targets low-cost, e-commerce shippers with deferred delivery
24 Jul 2019
UPS is targeting cross-border e-commerce sellers with a deferred-delivery shipping product that would cost less than tighter delivery windows, a sign of integrators wanting to tap into forecast growth in international online sales.
Kuehne + Nagel: No December rush ahead of IMO 2020
23 Jul 2019
The world’s biggest ocean freight forwarder does not see why shippers would feel an urgent need to move cargo before the IMO 2020 low-sulfur fuel mandate kicks in on Jan. 1.
Port growth pushes Jersey space availability to 13-year low
18 Jul 2019
A new study shows a growing percentage of the Port of New York and New Jersey drayage fleet is making its first stop close to the port, an apparent reflection of the desire by shippers and logistics providers to use near-port warehouse space. That demand continues to create a tight market, with lease rates hitting new highs in the second quarter.
18 Jul 2019
Panalpina reported a stable first half performance, its last interim result as an independent entity before being absorbed into DSV later this year.
18 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Kuehne+Nagel EVP Otto Schacht on utilizing the data they capture to provide better transparency into ocean carrier reliability as well as sustainability.