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.
24 Oct 2019
New warehouse and distribution space in Q3 2019 exceeded demand for the first time in nine years, and the excess supply will slow the pace of growth in rents and absorption of new space into 2020, according to Cushman & Wakefield.
24 Oct 2019
Forty-seven of the top 50 global transportation providers saw revenues rise in 2018, benefitting from a strong global economic growth and growing anticipation of reciprocal tariffs between the United States and China.
23 Oct 2019
Mexican auto production, domestic vehicle sales, and imports of autos through the country’s ports have all fallen this year, and IHS Markit predicts sales and production will be flat next year, likely limiting growth in auto-related supply chains.
22 Oct 2019
Global ocean freight volume continues to grow this year, albeit slowly, despite economic slowdowns and gloomy trading conditions.
21 Oct 2019
The recent wobbles of WeWork connect to the forwarder Flexport, which shares the same primary investor, but also might be constrained to grow in the way a pure software provider does.
17 Oct 2019
Peter Tirschwell, vice president, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit discusses the International Maritime Organization's mandates for carbon emission reduction by 2050 and the most likely paths to reaching that goal.
El Dorado, a new tech experience at TPM20
17 Oct 2019
The two-day "El Dorado" tech experience will address the growing need among beneficial cargo owners, third-party logistics providers, container lines, ports, and other freight transportation interests to understand the true value of technology and navigate an increasingly complex landscape of vendors and emerging technologies.
16 Oct 2019
Emergence of platforms across modes will help breakbulk market implement new tech. JOC Senior Editor Eric Johnson on challenges, steps forward for project cargo shippers that want to leverage tech for improved visibility, data.
16 Oct 2019
Industry sources say an approved “SOP” document to regulate logistics costs is expected to be circulated to stakeholders in the coming days as the Indian government proceeds with a sense of urgency to conclude what is seen as a game-changer for the country’s ocean trade.
14 Oct 2019
14 Oct 2019
DP World will invite 10 Indian startup businesses to participate in an interactive technology program as it seeks to leverage the benefits of blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, simulators, and the internet of things (IoT) for the development of smart trade solutions.
11 Oct 2019
Demand from e-commerce and other companies has pushed up rents and reduced availability of smaller warehouses over the last five years more than for larger spaces, according to a new report.
11 Oct 2019
Join us at the JOC Inland Distribution 2019 in Chicago, Oct. 21-23, to gauge direction of the market, interact with industry peers in regional Think Tanks, and begin to build your company's vision, budget, and plans for the next decade.
10 Oct 2019
A bigger footprint in El Paso, Texas, will help the freight forwarding arm of Deutsche Post DHL reach more shippers in the US and Mexico.
Flexport adds visibility capabilities with Crux buy
10 Oct 2019
With the acquisition of the software maker Crux Systems, Flexport is becoming a provider of third-party visibility data while also eschewing concerns about M&A expressed in the wake of its $1 billion round of funding in February.
10 Oct 2019
The pace of technological growth is exceeding the logistics sector’s ability to come up with ways to use it, leaving the market with “solutions” that do not align with actual shipper needs.
10 Oct 2019
The Reston, Virginia-based software supplier’s new “Book it Now” feature adds an execution element to its existing load-matching capabilities.
10 Oct 2019
Venture capital firms are pouring an unprecedented amount of funding into logistics-focused startups, but a focus on rapid revenue growth over sustainable profitability may not be leading these companies away from products that would provide the most value to shippers.
08 Oct 2019
Canadian forwarder Manitoulin adds to its US holdings, expanding its global logistics network.
Portrix tie-up advances Xeneta’s forwarding software integration
07 Oct 2019
The contract rate benchmarking platform Xeneta has tied up another integration with a freight forwarding software provider following its first such partnership in June, signaling that its data is most effective when piped into a system that contextualizes it.
04 Oct 2019
Maersk last week performed its first door-to-door containerized rail operation to an interior point in India’s eastern state of Odisha as part of what it called a move to “unlock new trade opportunities.”
A host of sensor hardware developers are making products for the container shipping industry designed to provide better location and condition data of ocean-borne goods, but shippers need data from the systems to be interoperable.
03 Oct 2019
The Marseille-based technology provider has developed a UN standard for sensor-based container messages it hopes will be used widely throughout the industry to make such systems interoperable for potential buyers and users of tracking solutions and associated analytics.
01 Oct 2019
While the search for true end-to-end visibility continues, the rise of partnerships between visibility providers in distinct legs continues with surface transportation-oriented software company FourKites partnering with container visibility provider Ocean Insights.
01 Oct 2019
The India Ports Association is looking to link its digital platform to a network operated by Abu Dhabi Ports, sources said, as India seeks more international integration in logistics.
30 Sep 2019
The convergence of contract and spot rates for ocean freight and the increased availability of instant digital quoting tools is pushing more cargo to the spot market and changing shipper negotiation strategies for long-term contracts.
30 Sep 2019
An early blockchain-based liner shipping product has shuttered due to a lack of demand, signaling that the industry is still struggling to understand the concept and the value of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
30 Sep 2019
The Dubai-based global port terminal operator is looking to position an existing inland freight terminal in Hyderabad as a regional multimodal distribution hub as part of a larger effort to offer integrated logistics services in India.
26 Sep 2019
Fierce competition for warehouse space in and around New York and a lack of land on which to build has prompted developers to construct multi-level warehouses to meet the industrial space demands of logistics companies, shippers, and e-commerce business.
Nippon Express jumps into India logistics growth race
26 Sep 2019
Nippon Express takes an ownership stake in an Indian logistics company as it looks to grow its presence in the country’s evolving supply chain dynamic.
26 Sep 2019
E-commerce giant Amazon has purchased Los Angeles-based startup INLT, cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) global trade management (GTM) provider for US importers.
Top 25 Asia-US import NVO rankings 2019
25 Sep 2019
Kuehne + Nagel handled the largest combined share of US imports from Asia of any non-vessel-operating common carrier in the first half of 2019, followed by Expeditors International and C.H. Robinson, according to PIERS.
24 Sep 2019
Traction for some of the biggest names in the logistics software startup world means partnering with the old guard to drive access to shippers.
24 Sep 2019
The partnership with JDA is the latest sign of how Maersk is seeking to become an integrator, deepening its reach into landside transport, customs brokerage, and distribution.
23 Sep 2019
Bold new emissions-cutting initiatives are being announced almost weekly as global impetus builds in the campaign to cut out carbon from international shipping.
Mediterranean Shipping Co. has committed to deploying 50,000 smart containers by 2020, using devices manufactured by Traxens.
19 Sep 2019
A discussion on the benefits of adopting smart container technology at the JOC Container Trade Europe conference this week yielded a wide range of projections for what percentage of the global dry container fleet might actually be equipped with such devices in the near future.