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

29 May 2020
Extensive capacity cuts on the Asia–Europe and Asia–Med trades are holding up container spot rates, and some carriers are even announcing rate increases in May and June.
05 May 2020
Visibility provider OpenTrack has spent more than a year in stealth building an automated platform for ocean container status on the belief that shippers and 3PLs need faster access to cargo availability data.
05 May 2020
Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Europe shut down demand for non-essential consumer goods overnight, erasing a core business channel for smaller truck operators.
04 May 2020
Groups representing US ports, marine terminals operators, and stevedores, tell JOC.com the federal aid via grants and loans would ensure their members can keep the nation’s containerized supply chains flowing
04 May 2020
With larger vessels visiting the East Coast on a more frequent basis, the South Carolina Ports Authority has inked a deal to let a stevedore consortium run dock operations in Charleston.
04 May 2020
The lack of available belly capacity on the major east-west trades amid sustained and heavy demand continues to ramp up rates for essential cargo shipments.
04 May 2020
Process automation is already a feature of logistics technology investment, but the drivers for that investment are changing from cost reductions to business empowerment.
04 May 2020
The years-long market share bleed from North America’s traditional West Coast container gateways continued in 2019, with Savannah, Houston and Prince Rupert the main beneficiaries.
01 May 2020
A temporary rush of imports, coupled with blank sailings in Asia, resulted in increased spot rates this week.
01 May 2020
The accumulation of containerized cargo in some recession-hit economies could hamper equipment availability when demand begins to return over the next few months.
01 May 2020
Caterpillar says production and demand for high-and-heavy equipment were flattened by the COVID-19 shutdown during the first quarter of 2020.
01 May 2020
Given all the factors that could have led to confrontational trans-Pacific service contract negotiations this cycle, the lack of a clash points to a different future that can enable the container shipping industry to move forward.
01 May 2020
Traditionally low air freight margins are being further depressed by fierce competition among forwarders to secure limited capacity, with travel bans grounding most of the passenger fleet on east-west trades.
01 May 2020
Decades of upscaling vessel sizes and consolidation has created a landscape where the barriers of entry into the main deep-sea trades are now so high that it is next to impossible for any newcomer to truly break into those trades on a material scale.
30 Apr 2020
Evergreen’s new transshipment service links New Orleans, Houston, and Port Everglades with the Caribbean via the carrier’s regional hub in Colon, Panama.
30 Apr 2020
Ro-ro and multipurpose carriers are exploring wind-assisted propulsion systems to cut emissions and boost efficiency.
30 Apr 2020
The COVID-19 crisis will push the freight transportation industry closer to a future where digitalization is nearly omnipresent, automation is ingrained, and logistics has adapted to slower trade as the economic windfalls of globalization fade further.
30 Apr 2020
The largest US logistics provider is prioritizing technology spending as the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates why more automation and digitization is needed.
30 Apr 2020
It has taken three years for ONE to sail into the black, with the carrier able to hold on to its profitability through a turbulent end to its financial year.
30 Apr 2020
The revenue and volume contribution by Panalpina, acquired last August, gave DSV a welcome boost in the first quarter as the coronavirus began to drag down demand.
29 Apr 2020
Many US shippers and truckload carriers are putting off contract talks after the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted them in mid-stride.
29 Apr 2020
Norfolk Southern Railway insists that no matter how far truck rates fall, it will not chase the market down by providing unsustainable rates to shippers, but rather focus on innovative ideas such as mixed trains.
29 Apr 2020
First quarter volume declined at China’s largest carrier, but it was a strong result considering a container shipping environment that began to deteriorate in March.
29 Apr 2020
When the economy begins to recover, shippers will face higher prices, fewer options, and shortages of capacity due to a large reduction in truck drivers and motor carrier operators.
29 Apr 2020
Even when air cargo demand for urgent medical supplies drops off, there is no certainty that recession-hit consumers will resume spending, and if they do, capacity will still be tight as passenger fleets remain grounded.
28 Apr 2020
The shift of Maersk Line’s South American services from Global Container Terminals’ Staten Island facility to sister company’s APM Terminals’ facility in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, highlights the cost-cutting pressures terminals face
28 Apr 2020
The US Federal Maritime Commission is signaling to the industry that the fairness of detention and demurrage fees should be viewed through a lens of whether they encourage the pickup of import containers and return of empties.
28 Apr 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has flipped UPS’s business, with nearly 70 percent of package volume now residential. That means more mileage, more stops, and more costs.
28 Apr 2020
The race to provide the most complete set of tools to manage the interface of container terminals and drayage is heating up, evidenced by Advent eModal linking with a drayage optimization software provider.
28 Apr 2020
Carriers continue to be successful in their capacity management strategies, preventing a rate decline despite a sharp reduction in demand and a steep drop in fuel prices.
28 Apr 2020
Just as airlines have been able to price passenger seats by demand, carriers see similar potential in adjusting slot rates based on seasonality, supply and demand on a specific sailing, and costs associated with a specific shipment or customer.
28 Apr 2020
A steep loss in volume will make the second quarter one to forget for the world’s largest ocean forwarder, which expects a recovery to begin in June.
27 Apr 2020
Intermarine will serve as exclusive commercial agent in North America for United Heavy Lift, though UHL ships are not expected to operate in Intermarine's liner services.
27 Apr 2020
Trucking companies large and small are focused on getting through the next month or two, after which they hope freight volumes will begin to recover. But that recovery may be a long one.
27 Apr 2020
Containers shipped from China after factories reopened in March have now arrived at European ports, but there is little volume that will follow, at least for the next three months.
27 Apr 2020
From a flexibility perspective, new-Panamax vessels allow carriers to deploy the largest ships able to traverse the Panama Canal while still benefiting from economies of scale.