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

09 Jul 2020
Uber Freight has expanded its network of transportation management system integrations by piping its instantly available capacity into the Blue Yonder freight execution system.
02 Jan 2020
The high-profile financial failings of so-called disruptors like Uber, Lyft, Grubhub, Blue Apron, and WeWork should serve as a warning to investors in the budding digital freight brokerage space.
31 Dec 2019
US intermodal, particularly domestic volume, has a tough road ahead given low spot truckload rates that will continue to push freight to the highway, but the sector could see some improvement in the second half.
30 Dec 2019
With the US-China trade war still unresolved and demand growth waning, developers in 2020 will be more cautious in bringing new logistics space online than they have been during the boom times of the past six years.
27 Dec 2019
The Mexican trucking sector is now a buyer’s market, with diminished demand allowing shippers to squeeze truckers for better rates, as the economy slows and the sector still adjusts to hours of service regulations that went into effect in mid-2018.
27 Dec 2019
Customs officials and brokers in the United States are both being challenged by constantly changing tariff levels and a continued influx of smaller e-commerce parcels.
26 Dec 2019
Shippers and non-vessel-operating carriers are now seeing electronic quotes on par with those offered through long-term contracts, a clear signal that certain container lines see instant quoting as a key part of their future strategies.
23 Dec 2019
Third-party logistics providers increasingly view technology as a way to make their services "stickier" and more valuable to their customers, rather than as a competitive threat.
19 Dec 2019
The survey found that 63 percent of quotes provided by forwarders were not instant, with manually generated quotes taking an average of 122 hours from the time a request was made.
18 Dec 2019
Changes in package delivery market are leading FedEx to rethink its air express and ground strategies, as it struggles with a slowdown in global trade.
18 Dec 2019
Cargo no-shows are down 75 percent on freight booked via the Maersk Spot guaranteed online booking platform, according to the container carrier.
K+N: Greener ocean services don’t always come at a premium
18 Dec 2019
On the east-west trades, some services with higher CO2 emissions come with the same cost and transit time as those services providing a more eco-friendly operation.
18 Dec 2019
Seattle-based Convoy is challenging freight brokerage incumbents by saying it has developed capability to automate freight matching and pricing in widely-used US truckload lanes.
16 Dec 2019
Driven by consumers and end-customers, more shippers say they are looking for precision in on-time delivery from trucking suppliers, and placing it before price.
ODFL looks for added value in ELDs as final deadline looms
11 Dec 2019
The second-largest US LTL carrier has completed its AOBRD to ELD conversion, and now looks to expand the integration of its ELDs with other technologies, including geofencing.
Gary Cohn, TPM20 Keynote Speaker
11 Dec 2019
Gary Cohn, former director of the National Economic Council under President Donald Trump and former president of Goldman Sachs, was named as the opening keynote speaker of the 20th TPM, the world’s largest container trade conference, organized by IHS Markit.
11 Dec 2019
Chicago-based startup Transship is teaming with TradeLens and other tech companies to create an automated shipping and forwarding platform for containerized perishables shipments.
10 Dec 2019
Trucking marketplace provider NEXT Trucking is offering BCOs a way to manage and predict fees associated with chassis management at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
10 Dec 2019
DB Schenker will use a Dutch startup to provide container line schedules to enable the German 3PL’s digital quoting and booking tools, pressing home the need for digital procurement platforms to have good underlying schedule data.
10 Dec 2019
Drewry's Martin Dixon discussed this year's research into use of smart devices within the maritime container equipment fl
06 Dec 2019
The world’s largest container line is headlong into a business transformation that’s highly visible, partly of its own doing and partly due to the increased scrutiny such a change by a market leader brings.
06 Dec 2019
India-based Allcargo has taken a controlling stake in domestic express leader Gati, a move that signals Allcargo is looking to diversify beyond its core ocean transportation business and reshape the country’s logistics space.
06 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Sandra Karlsson, head of DGF GoGreen Europe for DHL Global Forwarding, discusses the significance of IMO 2020, the regulation's actual impact, consumer expectations, and exciting decarbonization options available to shippers.
03 Dec 2019
Cass Information Systems is partnering with the University of Tennessee to enhance its benchmark truckload and intermodal pricing indexes, and explore new data opportunities.
Tech startup uses new funding on shipper automation, connectivity
02 Dec 2019
Austin-based technology company Shipwell has in the past been dubbed a freight marketplace, a broker, and a software provider, but bolstered by a large funding round in October, the company is focusing on automation and connectivity for shippers.
27 Nov 2019
Sponsored: CAI Logistics's Rick Onken discusses the art of high-touch customer solutions for high tech, data-driven solutions, the benefits of single point of contact support, and industry challenges for 2020.
Logixboard sees SaaS as future of forwarding tech
26 Nov 2019
SaaS tools in the international logistics space have been relatively underfunded compared to other models, like digital freight forwarders and marketplaces, but investment in Seattle-based Logixboard could signal investors are ready for more pure software-based plays.
26 Nov 2019
An array of ocean freight portals, mostly developed by tech startups, have entered the Indian freight landscape in recent years, trumpeting pricing transparency and shipment visibility. But they have much ground to gain to seriously challenge traditional players.
25 Nov 2019
JOC LogTech19 panel recap on technology investment disconnects as well as possibilities for smoothing the freight interchange between international and domestic modes.
25 Nov 2019
Stakeholders in the Indian freight industry generally agree that digitization plays a role in improving transparency, but say a more coordinated effort at the human level is needed to fix many of the things ailing trade development in the region.
22 Nov 2019
The Indian government has proposed selling a significant portion of its holdings in the country’s containerized transport sector, and railway Concor could be an attractive target for potential investors.
The 14,000 dwt Zea Focus, one of the F-900 ships that will be moving South Flank cargo.
21 Nov 2019
Harmonizing Zeamarine's liner and tramp services is high on new regional director's list of priorities.
21 Nov 2019
A truckers strike in Bangladesh ended after just 24 hours, but shippers were forced to pay higher truck rates amid the logjam of goods that had piled up in just one day.
20 Nov 2019
JOC Container Trade Europe 2019 Day 1 Keynote Speaker Marc Meier discusses the opportunities that global container freight movement presents in its very complexity, ambiguity, and volatility. Meier, managing partner and CEO of Fr. Meyer's Sohn, describes navigating the changing perception of freight forwarder value, compression of rates, and IMO 2020 uncertainty.
19 Nov 2019
Dan Gardner, President, Trade Facilitators Inc., on his Intro to Logistics session at TPM 2020, Sunday, 03 March 2019.
19 Nov 2019
The acquisition of Emergent Cold gives US-based Lineage Logistics greater access to Asian markets and facilities at three US ports.