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

Technology smoothing logistics sourcing shifts
12 Sep 2019
Older logistics outsourcing models are being replaced by collaboration among multiple partners on specific, high-priority projects as technology advances.
Chittagong port with containers.
08 Aug 2018
To date, five feeder vessels have left the port, failing to receive 1,168 TEU of export containers, as those containers did not reach the port yard in time.
Air cargo loading.
08 Aug 2018
“Trade wars never produce winners. Governments must remember that prosperity comes from boosting their trade, not barricading economies,” the International Air Transport Association said.
Uber Freight.
07 Aug 2018
That upgrade for Uber Freight could lead to expanded, pro-active opportunities for shippers.
A truck travels in Mexico.
07 Aug 2018
Cargo owners and transporters are fighting back against theft — and they’re deploying new tools and strategies, in what will have to be a comprehensive effort to adequately address the problem.
Maersk Line.
07 Aug 2018
Maersk said it continues to encounter very high bunker prices, which have not been fully compensated for in freight rates.
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal.
07 Aug 2018
After cabotage relaxation was implemented May 21, foreign-flag carriers became free to transport laden export-import containers for transshipment and empty containers for re-positioning between Indian ports.
A freight train in Mexico.
06 Aug 2018
Like other emerging markets, it is a “bad news, good news,” circumstance for Mexico. The bad: surface transportation and logistics operations are straining to meet shipper demands. The good: Mexico appears to have arrived on the global trade stage, with all key metrics advancing.
A truck travels in the United States.
06 Aug 2018
The loss of supply chain time, not truck drivers, has squeezed US truckload capacity; and there’s one segment of surface transport that’s seen a substantial service change.
A truck at the Port of Los Angeles.
06 Aug 2018
The E*Dray platform will enhance the ability of beneficial cargo owners and their truckers to aggregate containers into peel-off piles at the ports — and with the new system the potential is there for a substantial reduction in truck turn times.
A barge travels on the Rhine River.
06 Aug 2018
The water level of the Upper Rhine is getting close to a critical point and barge operators are being forced to suspend their operations or only use one-third of their capacity, according to Hapag-Lloyd.
Containers stacked at a port.
06 Aug 2018
Businesses applauded the decision, terming it a “superb step” that will help the port achieve its goal of maximum use, around the clock.
A freight train travels in Russia.
05 Aug 2018
China-to-Europe via Russia rail transport has been in an uptrend since 2013, and global growth and consumer trends point to even stronger growth ahead if rail officials can meet the infrastructure and related needs of shippers.
Port of Los Angeles.
03 Aug 2018
Strong US import volume is at the heart of the rise, and there are other signs of strength, but what’s the evaluation of the early move by industry professionals?
Visakhapatam Port, India.
03 Aug 2018
A crop of logistics startups has been gradually aiming to change India’s paper-based ocean freight processes, building several different technology models to tap into demand for better access to rates and visibility of shipments.
Schiphol Airport
03 Aug 2018
Schiphol’s management said it expected lower overall freighter air traffic movements in the first half, due to capacity constraints, but its longer-term analysis remains encouraging.
PSA International Rail Yard.
03 Aug 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust handles the majority of India’s container freight and, as such, the government is extremely keen on reducing cargo dwell times there.
XPO Logistics.
02 Aug 2018
“We do expect a big peak this year because the economy is so good,” Bradley S. Jacobs, chairman and CEO, said in an interview. “...We’ve started staffing up already. That’s one of the reasons we began adding all the technology we’ve been developing.”
Maersk Line windmill blade breakbulk transport.
02 Aug 2018
The out-of-gauge cargo — windmilll blades 103 feet long and weighing over 16 tons — was loaded on the Maersk Launceston, voyage 1809, operating as part of the Danish carrier’s Intra-Asia Chennai Express (CHX) Service.
A truck travels on a US highway.
01 Aug 2018
Uber’s decision to scrap its autonomous trucking plans does not mean there will not be “driverless” trucks someday, but it does dispel a notion that had caught fancy, in some circles.
A DSV tandem truck.
01 Aug 2018
Record high margins were driven by continued improvement in productivity across the organization, DSV said, and the company had equally encouraging news regarding the UTi integration.
A ONE ship.
01 Aug 2018
NYK attributed Ocean Network Express’s initial loss to administrative problems resulting from “inefficient employee familiarization with the systems and insufficient preparation for the administrative processes.”
UPS electric Class 6 delivery trucks.
31 Jul 2018
The largest global transport operator is amping up its efforts to develop electric trucks as fuel costs and emissions rules spur demand.
MSC at DP World Nava Sheva India Gateway
31 Jul 2018
The new regulations require carriers to complete their advanced manifest submissions considerably prior to the vessel’s arrival or departure.
Old Dominion Freight Line.
31 Jul 2018
The mode-shifting by shippers is not only caused by tight US truckload capacity, but also changing retail dynamics in the “Amazon Era.”
Air cargo being loaded in Poland.
31 Jul 2018
However, shippers should still expect some robust peak season pricing from the airlines that are seeking to extend their profitability, which grew at a strong rate in the first quarter.
A Cosco ship.
30 Jul 2018
Cosco Shipping Lines was able to contain the damage from last week’s cyber attack to its operations in the Americas, and cargo handling in the United States, Canada, and South America at its marine terminals was largely unaffected because Cosco isolated its internal networks across its global operations.
India truck field.
30 Jul 2018
Officials told trucker union representatives that the government remains sensitive to truckers’ demands and they will establish an expert committee to examine all core issues.
Port of Oakland.
30 Jul 2018
There is, perhaps, no better evidence to senior management on the necessity of proactive carrier engagement than this: transportation conditions can change quickly in container shipping, and an annual contract with an ocean carrier is no guarantee of capacity when one needs it.
Crypto currency and fiat currency.
30 Jul 2018
The decision may have positive implications for other public blockchain solutions reliant on a token to underpin transactions.
28 Jul 2018
One thing is certain regarding blockchain technology circa mid-2018: it has the potential to transform and dramatically improve logistics efficiency. But that potential will remain only that — potential — until many paramount issues are resolved to universal satisfaction.
Frontier Logistics in Charleston, South Carolina.
27 Jul 2018
Resin exporters, whose product — barring an all-out, global trade war — will likely continue to uptrend in the years ahead, have turned to the US Southeast to meet their facility needs, and there are objective reasons why they've done so.
Port of Los Angeles.
27 Jul 2018
The ongoing uptrend is noteworthy because, historically, the largest increases in spot rates often occur in August, usually the busiest month of the peak shipping season, and October, the last month of the holiday shipping period.
CSX Transportation.
27 Jul 2018
Although CSX’s new CEO is a follower of the late, great E. Hunter Harrison’s precision railroading, there are reasons shippers should look for a softer approach to their concerns.
Port of New York and New Jersey container ship.
27 Jul 2018
Although trade tensions between the United States and the European Union and their impact have been muted so far in 2018, trade stakeholders know that could change dramatically and quickly.
Rotterdam port.
27 Jul 2018
However, the rising spot rate, while encouraging for ocean carriers as peak season approaches, has not — so far — refuted a perennial concern regarding rates and the second half of the year.