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

17 Nov 2022
To the extent freight market participants have greater exposure to key industrial markets than consumer markets, current data is not pointing towards sharp downturns in freight demand, at least not yet, writes JOC analyst Jason Miller.
11 Nov 2020
UPS and FedEx networks have been put to the test this year due to COVID-19 related lockdowns and social distancing requirements.
11 Nov 2020
The world greeted news of a potential vaccine with relief, but the supply chain logistics required to transport doses at extreme temperatures will be daunting.
11 Nov 2020
For some DHL Global Supply Chain’s contract logistics customers, they had no choice but to create new and expand existing channels as lockdowns shuttered brick-and-mortar stores.
10 Nov 2020
German integrator DHL is expecting the strong earnings momentum generated in the third quarter to continue through the end of the year.
10 Nov 2020
Cyber attacks on companies in the global logistics industry are an ever-present threat, but container lines and software providers say hosting systems in the cloud helps combat the threat and aid in recovery.
09 Nov 2020
Small package optimization and analytics firm ShipMatrix is launching a third-party, non-asset package management service to tap US Postal Service capacity for e-commerce shippers.
09 Nov 2020
Cloud computing is ubiquitous in the world of commerce, and that’s spread in recent years to container lines, which are using a migration to platforms like Microsoft Azure to develop products quickly and then scale them back without committing resources to a server infrastructure.
05 Nov 2020
Carriers are concentrating efforts on increasing their share of direct business with shippers, but DB Schenker says forwarders offering a wide range of services will always be in the picture.
05 Nov 2020
Rebid freight now or wait for what may be a calmer first quarter? That’s the question US truck shippers face, Echo Global Logistics chairman and CEO Doug Waggoner says.
03 Nov 2020
Twill started as Maersk’s play in the neutral digital forwarding space, but it has shifted its focus to funnel small shipper volumes into Maersk’s logistics and vessel operations network.
02 Nov 2020
The widely-used supply chain modeling software provider LLamasoft was acquired Monday by a procurement solutions maker in one of the biggest deals of late for a pure supply chain technology provider.
02 Nov 2020
Maersk’s integrator strategy is not affecting the carrier’s forwarder customers in a universal way, since the various elements of the transformation impact different sized intermediaries in varying ways.
30 Oct 2020
Amazon’s capital expenditures help to increase fulfillment and transportation network capacity in advance of an “unprecedented holiday season.”
29 Oct 2020
DSV believes it can build on the strong air and ocean demand seen through the third quarter that has extended into October.
29 Oct 2020
Sensing potential scalability factors, a handful of Indian domestic cold chain solutions providers have already trained their sights on what could be a tough, but lucrative, market for them.
28 Oct 2020
The average revenue per piece for UPS’ Ground division increased year over year for the first time since Q2 2019, benefiting from pandemic-related surcharges and the e-commerce boom.
28 Oct 2020
A network of major banks in Singapore has signed an agreement with CargoX, which provides electronic bills of lading to the shipping industry, to underpin the network’s trade finance capability.
28 Oct 2020
DSV’s targeted acquisition increases its e-commerce exposure as the coronavirus accelerates a shift from shopping in brick and mortar stores to online.
27 Oct 2020
A new self-service automated freight invoice auditing software provider launched Tuesday, helmed by Matt Tillman, an entrepreneur who most recently founded the transportation management system provider Haven.
27 Oct 2020
Port software provider Portchain has grown the number of terminals using its berth optimization solution to two transshipment hubs in Europe as terminals seek to better align equipment, capacity, and human resources to vessel calls.
23 Oct 2020
Holiday surcharges are affecting the US parcel market as European counterparts grapple with higher cross-border fees.
23 Oct 2020
By folding in Damco, Maersk plans to provide an "end-to-end logistics solution," and if successful, is poised to gain enormous advantages over competitors.
22 Oct 2020
Freight brokerage software provider Parade has set up direct integration with two companies that focus on digitally enabling small carriers, which gives brokers using Parade access to that capacity.
22 Oct 2020
TradeLens will use the integration specialist Youredi to offer data providers and consumers on its platform the option to connect their systems to the container visibility and documentation product co-developed by Maersk and IBM.
21 Oct 2020
Margin transparency is taking root among early-stage freight brokers, with cross-border 3PL Forager saying Wednesday it will provide clear pricing and service fees on any quote provided on its platform.
20 Oct 2020
While demand momentum from the third quarter has extended into October, Kuehne + Nagel warned that maintaining current elevated levels through the end of the year is by no means a given.
20 Oct 2020
The 2019 data reflects growing e-commerce demand from consumers and the increasing heft of last-mile and parcel providers that help serve that demand.
20 Oct 2020
System integration provider Youredi is trying to attract logistics and maritime companies to help it build a new template-based integration platform for data and partner connectivity.
20 Oct 2020
A new set of data definitions for terminals and container lines to coordinate port calls was released Tuesday by the Digital Container Shipping Association, the non-profit group’s latest attempt to drive standardization in the maritime industry.
19 Oct 2020
Shippers contend with a lack of transparency when it comes to container lines communicating changes for the earliest return date for their boxes, creating operational headaches for cargo owners already affected by tariffs and COVID-19, new research has found.
16 Oct 2020
As shippers and forwarders scramble for effective ways to consume visibility data, software providers are finding new angles to sell their products in a competitive market.
15 Oct 2020
Container allocation capability among cargo owners is improving, but digital procurement is still not all that common, logistics technology veteran Martin Hubert told JOC Uncharted this week.
15 Oct 2020
TradeLens said Thursday that Maersk’s liner competitors MSC and CMA CGM are both “fully integrated” into the platform, which could make it more appealing for cargo owners and 3PLs to use the blockchain-based solution.
14 Oct 2020
The long run-up in spot market truckload rates and truck freight demand may be reaching its peak, but don’t expect a quick descent, speakers at the Transplace Shipper Symposium said Wednesday.
14 Oct 2020
The rise in oversized items such as furniture and appliances purchased online has resulted in the need for reverse logistics processes to manage not only returns, but also resales and other disposal options.