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

BluJay, project44 team up in latest TMS-visibility partnership
23 Jan 2020
The trend of TMS vendors partnering with ancillary visibility and capacity providers continues apace, this time with BluJay Solutions creating an integration with Chicago-based visibility provider project44.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: Laufer Group International CEO Mark Laufer and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett discuss the market and technological changes taking place in the container shipping industry following the recent consolidation wave.  
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: NAI Global Logistics Director Adam Roth and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett sat down at the 18th Annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California to discuss how the electronic logging device mandate and e-commerce are shaping demand for industrial real estate in the United States.
An XPO logistics truck.
12 Apr 2018
Higher demand and pricing has shifted the Top 50 US trucking operators to the fast lane, and more growth is ahead.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: Naomi Iwashita, CP's manager of temperature control solutions, on new technologies enabling shipper access to temperature data on a specific refrigerated container as it moves through the supply chain. Iwashta details Canadian Pacific Railway's launch of its one-stop TempPro service, recent equipment investments, and approach to improving round-trip economies for exporters.
Infographic: 12 Steps for US shippers
11 Apr 2018
In the electronic logging device era, shippers will have to do more than offer drivers a cup of java and a key to the bathroom if they want access to US truck capacity at reasonable rates. Here is an infographic that provides a quick-reference list to help keep shippers' goods moving.
Trucks parked in United States.
11 Apr 2018
Professionals gathered at the 2018 Transportation Intermediaries Association Capital Ideas Conference said US market conditions favor surface transportation carriers more today than when the industry convened in Las Vegas one year ago.
XPO Logistics truck arrives at a port.
10 Apr 2018
XPO Connect will help shippers find and monitor fluctuating capacity across the logistics firm’s transportation modes.
Containers transported by a US railroad.
10 Apr 2018
It is vital that US intermodal continues to perform up to its maximum capabilities now that it is entering the normal seasonal upswing in volume and full enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate has commenced.
Hoegh Autoliners roll-on, roll-off
09 Apr 2018
Europe’s automotive logistics sector is on a roll. Volumes are rising across the supply chain, and with the strengthening EU and US economies, 2018 should prove to be a year of continued sector growth. However, concern about a possible trade war and Britain’s complex exit from the European Union are two trade storm clouds.
Two ships.
09 Apr 2018
Regarding international logistics, it is clear and easy to note that new digital forwarders have several advantages. But what is often overlooked is that legacy forwarders have certain advantages too.
JNPT.
06 Apr 2018
Dubbed an Uber-like, on-demand operation, the new, streamlined logistics solution will have digital capabilities and will involve well-defined standard operating procedures at each terminal to ensure efficiency.
Information sign to truck drivers.
05 Apr 2018
In the electronic logging device era, shippers will have to do more than offer drivers a cup of java and a key to the bathroom if they want access to truck capacity at reasonable rates.
Port of Felixstowe.
05 Apr 2018
Digitalizing the forwarding business will improve efficiency and automate repetitive functions, but transporting containerized cargo across continents will always require a human touch, key industry decision makers argue.
Port of Los Angeles.
05 Apr 2018
Neither country has listed a deadline for tariff implementation, hence the situation remains dynamic and fluid. However, key analysts are formulating worst-case scenarios.
05 Apr 2018
The year is off to a good start in terms of air cargo volume, but the trade dispute between the United States and China is making confident predictions for 2018 difficult.
Ryder System, Inc.
04 Apr 2018
With the acquisition, Ryder seeks to deliver capacity in last-mile logistics demanded by shippers, as customer fulfillment expectations rise in the e-commerce era.
Port of Gulfport.
04 Apr 2018
Yilport, which signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi State Port Authority in February, is promising to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the state’s Port of Gulfport, which it says has the potential to feed volume, particularly refrigerated goods, between Gulfport and Yilport terminals in Ecuador and Peru.
MOL Group.
03 Apr 2018
By partnering with digital marketplace NEXT Trucking, MOL Consolidation Services looks to link Asian vendors with scarce US truck capacity.
A truck travels on a US highway.
03 Apr 2018
US truck capacity may get worse before it gets better, as electronic logging device enforcement begins this month with anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of drivers not having the required device in their cabs. Even so, shippers can use tips described here to keep their freight moving with minimal disruption.
Maersk Line reefer India.
03 Apr 2018
Maersk India has substantially expanded its end-to-end cold chain service to and from India, which has enabled domestic reefer shippers to venture into new locales.
Port of Los Angeles.
02 Apr 2018
Beneficial cargo owners and truckers in Los Angeles may experience improved cargo velocity and reduced gate congestion if a large container drayoff facility to be piloted at the Port of Los Angeles proves to be successful.
Cosco Rotterdam.
02 Apr 2018
Cosco Shipping Holdings, China's largest shipping company, has continued to aggressively expand into landside logistics, building on Beijing’s Belt and Road strategy to grow its terminal and inland footprint in Asia and Europe.
The Port of Los Angeles.
31 Mar 2018
West Coast ports have taken the lead in breaking down the barriers to information sharing by establishing information portals that will allow all port users to access the shipment data they need in a secure environment. This development promises to accelerate productivity.
29 Mar 2018
Sponsored: Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka discuss technology in the freight transportation industry, including its Port Optimizer pilot program with GE Transportation, and examining challenges of increasing data standardization and wider adoption of technologies across the supply chain.
Air cargo loading.
28 Mar 2018
Capacity problems abound on land and in the air, and experts say many of the solutions are the same, including earlier planning and sharing of forecasts by shippers.
A truck travels on a US road.
28 Mar 2018
Shippers should be aware that there are anecdotal reports that questionable forms of co-brokering or double brokering are on the rise in 2018, as the supply of US trucks tightens and some brokers look to make a quick buck. During these instances, shippers essentially fund a double commission and could be exposed to financial damages, delays or lawsuits when things go wrong.
DP World Nhava Sheva Terminal.
28 Mar 2018
The central portal is designed to handle delivery orders, transport orders, gate open cut-off times, delivery gate schedules, gate-in bookings, and pre-gate schedules electronically, instead of in hard-copy form — an existing system that entails long delays and lacks shipment visibility.
And Antonov plane.
28 Mar 2018
Life has been good for heavy-lift air cargo operator Antonov after the breakup with its partner, with the company notching job wins in oil and gas, energy, aerospace, agriculture, telecommunications, and other industries. But that, in a sense, was not surprising, given its advantage — seven AN-124-100 freighters with payloads capable of transporting 150 metric tons.
Port of Santos.
28 Mar 2018
Shippers are benefiting from a new Contrail intermodal terminal and railroad service from the São Paulo hinterland to the key Brazilian Port of Santos. The Jundiaí Intermodal Terminal is strategically located and has opened at an opportune time — as Brazil’s container volumes rise with the strengthening regional and global economies.
A truck travels on a US road.
27 Mar 2018
As the electronic logging device mandate enforcement deadline looms, Trucker Path and Convoy have introduced new features to help truckers and shippers manage driver time in the digital era.
27 Mar 2018
Kerry Logistics will focus on the cross-border e-commerce sector where the Hong Kong-listed third-party logistics provider is seeing strong demand.
Maersk Line.
27 Mar 2018
In theory, blockchain has the potential to enable global container carriers to create a universal, standardized, ledger system with many more efficient processes. The question is whether carriers who are fierce competitors and who do not trust each other can use a system in which trust is integral.
A warehouse in the United States.
26 Mar 2018
Here is a directory of more than 175 warehousing service providers across the United States.
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Mar 2018
Beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) continue to enjoy low spot rates in the eastbound Pacific despite carriers’ attempts to reduce effective capacity through blank sailings. However, small and mid-size BCOs in LA-LB are paying a price for the blank sailings, as terminals cancel work shifts to save money.