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

15 Jan 2021
Major US retailers in 2020 responded to COVID-19 lockdowns and last-mile delivery constraints by expanding customer fulfillment options like curbside pickup, buy online, pick up in store (BOPIS), and same-day delivery, demand for which continued to increase even as stores reopened.
05 Jan 2018
The intermodal sector has the feel of a certain US film, which is fine, if a disrupter follows a longtime tactic that led to sector innovation.
05 Jan 2018
The company, which recently passed the 50 million TEU mark, said it is steadily increasing its direct port delivery business.
04 Jan 2018
When it comes to predictive analytics, there are literally countless ways to arrive at predictions, but not all predictions are the same.
04 Jan 2018
The extremely frigid weather will affect everything in the United States from shipping schedules to the availability of truck drivers — and that will have an impact on costs.
04 Jan 2018
The axiom, "Where you stand depends on where you sit," applies regarding the views on how transportation will fare in 2018.
04 Jan 2018
As the third decade of globalization nears, Indonesia has several characteristics that shippers and business interests find attractive.
03 Jan 2018
Despite a gain in container traffic, it was a bittersweet 2017 for the Port of Chittagong.
03 Jan 2018
The rapidly growing popularity of DPD, in which import containers can be cleared direct from the wharf, rather than at an off-site yard, has transformed JNPT’s supply chain.
03 Jan 2018
Artificial intelligence and related technologies will transform supply chain management as transport operators adopt these technologies to uncover data patterns to boost efficiency, among other benefits, says a logistics executive.
03 Jan 2018
The parcel industry until recently was operating on the past premise of weekday deliveries with a surcharge and only with express delivery on Saturdays,
03 Jan 2018
US importers are slightly more upbeat regarding their trans-Pacific goods shipments at the start of 2018.
03 Jan 2018
Beneficial cargo owners see the advantage of warehouse space closer to the port, but that locale is not without a downside.
02 Jan 2018
Extended, frigid weather and high freight demand have collided in the US heartland’s freight hub, squeezing an already tight drayage market.
02 Jan 2018
The company said the line, dubbed the Kathmandu Express, is designed to meet Nepal's growing import trade.
02 Jan 2018
In a series of conversations, JOC executive editor Mark Szakonyi surveyed three shippers on how 2017 fared for their supply chains and what 2018 holds.
02 Jan 2018
Economic health is driving growth in cargo volumes.
02 Jan 2018
Business organizations, as well as individual shippers, had protested the truck weight limit, which forced transporters to move one container of goods in two trucks.
01 Jan 2018
The US regulatory agency begins the year with two vacancies — vacancies that will probably have a policy impact.
30 Dec 2017
Technology that provides real-time cargo location visibility gained much attention in 2017, as did tracking for containers, chassis, and other equipment. That trend is likely to continue in 2018.
29 Dec 2017
Spot rates in the major east-west trades ended 2017 on a high note.
29 Dec 2017
The supply-demand forecast is available. So is the historical data, along with the start date and location. So why are terminals and/or ports not implementing a more-efficient, utilitarian chassis system?
29 Dec 2017
A key, new container shipping partnership will commence operations in 2018's first quarter, and it will affect the intra-Asia supply-demand equation.
29 Dec 2017
Key north-south parties expect the positive trade pattern to continue in the year ahead, but there are challenges that could dent that forecast.
28 Dec 2017
The song will likely remain the same regarding the air cargo sector in 2018: increasing demand, which suggests that building a 'time safety cushion' into your supply chain is prudent.
28 Dec 2017
As strategic 3PLs help their customers leverage new tools and platforms, more traditional logistics providers fall further behind.
27 Dec 2017
If the word for the 1960s was “plastic,” the phrase for the current era may very well turn out to be “third-party logistics provider.”
27 Dec 2017
Capacity, not price, is king once again.
26 Dec 2017
To cope with shifting demand, most newer car carrier ships are larger and more versatile, with design features that enable them to carry high and heavy project and breakbulk shipments, in addition to vehicles.
26 Dec 2017
The RFID system enables exporters and importers to track goods in transit through the port to inland container depots, container freight stations, and to end-users.
24 Dec 2017
Most warehouse/distribution sector indicators point to continued tight supply and rent increases of 5 to 6 percent in 2018, so BCOs should carefully plan their space needs.
22 Dec 2017
In container shipping, a 'black hole' exists in the supply chain, according to a logistics pro. However, a port information portal used in a pilot project by the Port of Los Angeles is providing more visibility.
22 Dec 2017
There will be little respite for shippers struggling to reserve air cargo space on the major trades until mid-February, with strong demand expected to continue until the Lunar New Year.
22 Dec 2017
The proposal, which would substantially decrease truck trips, would also lower importer logistics costs and transit times.
21 Dec 2017
In the battle for Asia imports among US coasts, "those with capacity, including terminal, supply-chain and network capacity, are going win," according to a port executive director.
21 Dec 2017
Tension over the crunch has sparked a number of disputes in recent months.