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

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.
03 Jun 2019
After years of undercutting each other on rates to gain market share and the resulting waves of consolidation, large container carriers seem to have come to a realization that they will sink or swim together.
31 May 2019
Sponsored: CenterPoint's SVP William Lu on partnerships with West Coast ports and the role industrial real estate can play in streamlining a supply chain.
30 May 2019
The recent escalation in the US-China trade war has American multinational companies considering more cost-effective sourcing markets, but finding a comparable alternative to China is no easy task.
30 May 2019
At the congested US-Mexico border, the focus is shifting from expediting stranded shipments to managing capacity to optimize the flow of truck freight.
24 May 2019
The world's largest shipping line saw operating income increase in the first quarter of 2019, despite volume falling 2.2 percent, a sign that it won't be pulled into market share skirmishes and will instead focus on profitability, its CEO said.
23 May 2019
A proposal from the City of Newark would see dozens of underused and vacant land plots near the Port of New York and New Jersey redeveloped to create port-related warehousing and logistics facilities.
23 May 2019
The largest US logistics provider is expanding its over-the-road service in Europe through an acquisition, its second purchase in Europe this year.
21 May 2019
Retail giants Walmart and Amazon have entered into conversations directly with Class I railroads to enter in service agreements, bucking the historical structure in which shippers are required to use intermediaries to procure space.
21 May 2019
Shipper interest in a free trade zone in Zhuhai, China, is being driven by a shortage of logistics space and rocketing rental prices across the Pearl River in Hong Kong.
20 May 2019
At a time when freight volumes should be increasing, they’re slowing, casting a shadow over the outlook for US trucking and intermodal rail operators.
17 May 2019
The escalating trade dispute between the US and China is driving keen interest in air freight on the busy trans-Pacific trade routes.
16 May 2019
In the latest step in the ocean carrier’s transformation into a “global integrator” of container logistics, Maersk Line has folded in the inland services formerly operated by APM Terminals.
15 May 2019
Shippers now expect better visibility as newer SaaS companies are redrawing the ease of consumption and functional expectations of track-and-trace technologies.
14 May 2019
It’s a nerve-wracking time for established forwarders. These new entrants are faster than them, and at the same time carriers are pushing more of them to go online with digital solutions.
14 May 2019
Shippers shouldn’t be worried about large carriers shutting down, but smaller trucking firms are vulnerable as the freight market softens.
13 May 2019
Amazon’s logistics business needs to be regulated, but it’s not because Amazon is a bad company; on the contrary, it’s because the company is so exceptional, Freightos CEO Zvi Schreiber writes in JOC.com's The Industry Speaks series.
10 May 2019
The Chinese state-run ocean carrier and fellow Asia-based lines are slowly revealing plans that tilt toward deeper logistics services beyond conventional ocean shipping, with a distinctive Asian focus.
09 May 2019
The first Central American vessel as part of two vessel strings from Seaboard Marine to the US East coast visited Savannah this week, a growing trade lane that has generated a 70 percent increase in imports in Georgia since 2014.
09 May 2019
A blockchain protocol developer and a payroll services company have combined to alleviate the need for small trucking companies to turn to factoring services.
08 May 2019
The costs of climate change and impacts to business are typically discussed as abstract and distant, but a review of recent history shows those costs are already here, and climbing.
08 May 2019
The Dallas-based third-party logistics provider is looking to expand beyond North America as shippers seek a more global view of their supply chains.
08 May 2019
Truck registrations are surging, but shippers are getting better at their game, creating new capacity through efficiencies, speakers say at the Transplace Shipper Symposium.
08 May 2019
Historically, intermodal rail has offered a slower, lower-cost option for shippers, but with truckload prices falling, intermodal rail is now more expensive than trucking in some secondary markets.
07 May 2019
The pioneer in on-demand warehousing, Flexe, nabbed $43 million in venture capital funding to build out its short-term spot contract logistics marketplace.
03 May 2019
Venture capital groups worldwide have been pouring money into the digital freight forwarding model, but the regional proliferation of such companies is mirroring traditional forwarder development.
03 May 2019
US shippers have pricing power over truckers now, but their advantage may slip away by the end of 2019, Coyote Logistics warns.
03 May 2019
A rush to get wind towers in place before production tax credits expire is causing a capacity crunch in the oversize-overweight trucking business.
02 May 2019
Ocean contract management tools are more commonly associated with freight forwarders, but shippers can find value enabling real-time access to centralized rates.
01 May 2019
US importers paying tariffs might have some remedies at their disposal to limit their financial obligation, but many don’t know their options and are leaving valuable savings on the table.
01 May 2019
San Francisco-based domestic freight broker Opus9 has added a new dimension to its instant pricing functionality by offering instant drayage rates.
01 May 2019
A new World Economic Forum initiative is designed to help shippers and other supply chain parties better understand how to judge whether blockchain is required and how to deploy it effectively.
30 Apr 2019
The growing size of oversize and overweight shipments makes transport to inland destinations more complex, increasing the need for cross-modal collaboration.
30 Apr 2019
International freight forwarders posted surprisingly strong first-quarter performances in the face of slowing global economic activity, continued US-China trade tensions, a decline in business confidence in the eurozone, a tightening of financial conditions, and higher policy uncertainty.
29 Apr 2019
Sponsored: NYSHEX VP Kim Cockrell on challenges BCOs faced this past peak season, and how shippers can minimize these issues through guaranteed space and equipment and fixed pricing.
How wary should truck brokers be of Amazon?
29 Apr 2019
Speculation has run rampant over the past three years that the e-commerce giant would eventually compete with the parcel carriers that move its freight, but it turns out Amazon actually has its sights set on the brokerage market.