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

22 Jan 2021
Despite an acceleration in COVID-19 cases among longshoremen in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, waterfront employers say there are enough general dockworkers to handle near-record container volumes, although a shortage of trained equipment operators is a problem.
16 Sep 2020
German digital broker Sennder has scooped up Uber Freight’s European operations for an undisclosed amount, consolidating its position in a market defined by small carriers with employee drivers, not independent owner-operators.
16 Sep 2020
For so-called old China hands, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication’s Sept. 11 summoning of carriers in Shanghai to instruct them to add capacity hardly comes as a surprise.
16 Sep 2020
The momentum that has built in major economies since the COVID-19 lockdowns ended is behind an increase in factory activity.
16 Sep 2020
It has taken Europe a long time to get the maritime sector included in Europe’s emissions trading system, and despite the vigorous opposition by container shipping, the lengthy legislative process is now in its final stages.
16 Sep 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Ruthie Amaru, CEO of Freightos.com. The weekly commentary will be provided by Lars Jensen, CEO and partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting.
15 Sep 2020
The suspension and weakening of general rate increases comes after Chinese regulators on Friday encouraged major container lines to add capacity and be less aggressive in raising their rates as US imports from Asia continue to rise.
15 Sep 2020
By acquiring a Chicago-based logistics provider and freight broker from R.R. Donnelley, Canada’s TFI plans to better integrate and scale US operations in freight and e-commerce.
15 Sep 2020
US producer price indexes for August showed a marked jump in local trucking costs, likely due to increased demand for service between ports, warehouses, and distribution and fulfillment centers as e-commerce demand spurred imports.
15 Sep 2020
A widening project will allow bi-directional traffic along the channel leading into Guangzhou’s Nansha container terminal, reducing the time ships have to wait for a berth window.
15 Sep 2020
Strong demand for containerized imports in the US and Europe through the third quarter peak season is limiting the availability of equipment in Asia that is urgently needed to serve the fast-rising volume.
15 Sep 2020
A deal to build and operate a transload and distribution facility in Vancouver advances CP’s efforts to deepen its presence at its sole western Canadian port gateway, and Maersk’s evolution into a so-called global integrator by expanding its reach beyond port-to-port shipping.
14 Sep 2020
BNSF has named Kathryn Farmer, who has been with the western railroad for 28 years, as its new CEO effective Jan. 1, 2021. She will become the first female CEO of a North American Class I railroad.
14 Sep 2020
In a three-tiered market, F-types hold their own, high-end MPV/HL ships reap the rewards of DP systems and super-heavy cranes, while lower-geared, less specialized ships suffer.
14 Sep 2020
Visibility software provider FourKites has unveiled a product designed to help shippers better track arrival times and delays associated with individual purchase orders rather than entire shipments.
14 Sep 2020
The Port of New Orleans was halting operations Monday ahead of Hurricane Sally, due to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday.
14 Sep 2020
Predicting actual demand in individual weeks in the container shipping markets is notoriously difficult with any significant degree of accuracy, though not for lack of trying.
14 Sep 2020
Container delays at Sydney have been caused by industrial action by dock workers, exacerbated by berth congestion and bad weather at Port Botany. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.
14 Sep 2020
A technology-focused forwarder in New York is using bots from automation startup RPA Labs to automate document management and response workflow for its customers, a signal that robotic process automation is making progress in logistics.
11 Sep 2020
UPS and Amazon are expanding capabilities at smaller airports in Kansas City and Tampa, respectively, to speed up last-mile deliveries.
11 Sep 2020
Hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the volatile price of oil, project owners have cut their capex spending plans by $154 billion, according to research firm Independent Project Analysis.
11 Sep 2020
The surge in domestic intermodal has spread from Los Angeles to Oakland-Lathrop and Union Pacific will raise surcharges on shippers to ensure equipment is available for core customers.
11 Sep 2020
Container shipping demand on the Asia-Europe trade is at 2019 levels, with forwarders and carriers expecting the strong demand to be maintained.
11 Sep 2020
In what is still very much an evolving scenario, carriers are digesting what they were told by the Chinese government and how it will impact their businesses going forward.
11 Sep 2020
Given their lower handling costs and intermodal rail rates, Vancouver and Prince Rupert are poised to grab additional market share from US West Coast ports as they add capacity through expansion projects.
10 Sep 2020
Contract truck rates are rising because shippers are struggling to find available capacity and asking carriers what it will take to get their freight moving.
10 Sep 2020
A dislocation of railcars, exacerbated by railroads serving a surge of imports at Western Canadian ports, and constrained marine terminal space in Eastern Canada has slowed the ability of marine terminals to clear a backlog caused by recent strikes.
10 Sep 2020
The majority of emissions from container shipping will occur outside the EU, and the World Shipping Council said its imposition on the industry could raise legal and diplomatic issues.
10 Sep 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic and concurrent crash in oil prices translating to fewer capital projects in the energy sector, some forwarders are cutting project specialists, while others increasingly see this expertise as a rare — and valuable — asset.
10 Sep 2020
Ocean Network Express (ONE) has signed up with India’s port community system to digitize its last-mile delivery offerings via application program interfaces (APIs), touted as a first collaborative step by any carrier operating out of the country.
09 Sep 2020
US for-hire trucking companies are rehiring truck drivers at a rate slower than the acceleration of freight demand, contributing to rising pressure on truck rates and US shippers.
09 Sep 2020
Two Australia-based software providers, Mizzen and Maxamation, have developed a product that will enable container lines to strategize around profitability of dynamically quoted ocean spot pricing.
09 Sep 2020
In just one month’s time, retailers have gone from a pessimistic peak-season outlook to a forecast of better-than-expected imports this fall.
09 Sep 2020
Demand for rail services between China and Europe has risen sharply since COVID-19 slashed air and ocean capacity, with bottlenecks developing at key border crossings.
09 Sep 2020
When it comes to the Inland Point Intermodal market, it’s a 40-foot world; thus far in 2020, 40-foot containers comprise just over three out of every four IPI revenue moves.
09 Sep 2020
This episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Bjorn Vang Jensen, former vice president of logistics at Electrolux.