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

13 Jul 2020
Roughly 90 percent of carriers in the highly fragmented US drayage sector generate less than $4 million in annual revenue, and these smaller providers could be at risk of bankruptcy due to skyrocketing insurance premiums.
Flexport adds visibility capabilities with Crux buy
10 Oct 2019
With the acquisition of the software maker Crux Systems, Flexport is becoming a provider of third-party visibility data while also eschewing concerns about M&A expressed in the wake of its $1 billion round of funding in February.
10 Oct 2019
The pace of technological growth is exceeding the logistics sector’s ability to come up with ways to use it, leaving the market with “solutions” that do not align with actual shipper needs.
10 Oct 2019
The Reston, Virginia-based software supplier’s new “Book it Now” feature adds an execution element to its existing load-matching capabilities.
10 Oct 2019
Venture capital firms are pouring an unprecedented amount of funding into logistics-focused startups, but a focus on rapid revenue growth over sustainable profitability may not be leading these companies away from products that would provide the most value to shippers.
10 Oct 2019
Seven of the top 10 critical issues facing trucking directly involve truck drivers, with pay and detention joining the American Transportation Research Institute’s annual list.
10 Oct 2019
Global air freight continues to feel the effects of the trade dispute between the US and China, with demand falling for 10 straight months.
09 Oct 2019
Efficiencies gained by bringing together the four Hong Kong terminals into one joint venture will be passed on to the carriers and hopefully halt a long-running decline in the port throughput.
09 Oct 2019
A California Court of Appeals has ruled that the “ABC” test can be applied retroactively, a decision that means truck drivers can calculate damages for past misclassification.
09 Oct 2019
Five years of trucker-terminal collaboration in Los Angeles-Long Beach pays off with the best truck turn time performance since January 2014.
09 Oct 2019
A California-based digital freight marketplace sets a five-year goal to replace its asset-based diesel fleet with alternative power.
09 Oct 2019
DP World Nhava Sheva, which has two terminals at India’s JNPT, has set up a “paperless system” for the clearance of import cargo in an effort to further reduce truck wait times and accelerate cargo flow.
09 Oct 2019
As manufacturing continues to shift from China to countries in Southeast Asia, the diversification of sourcing will result in an increase in trade flows and greater need for logistics support, speakers at the JOC TPM Asia Conference said.
09 Oct 2019
Container shipping rates are set to climb amid more balanced growth between cargo demand and vessel supply, while fuel costs will rise as carriers switch to low sulfur fuels to comply with the International Maritime Organization's tougher emission controls from January 2020.
08 Oct 2019
In his keynote address at the JOC TPM Asia Conference in Shenzhen, Cosco's Wang Haimin said US tariffs are accelerating the shift of production of furniture, tires, machinery, and footwear from China to Southeast Asia.
08 Oct 2019
A logistics veteran behind the growth of startups eventually bought out by C.H. Robinson and UPS Inc. has been named CEO of a new 3PL formed through a merger between Atomic Transport of Chicago and Cousins Logistics of Boca Raton, Florida.
08 Oct 2019
Growing US containerized exports to other countries in Asia are nowhere near enough to offset the rapidly declining exports to China as the US-China trade war drags on, exporters say.
08 Oct 2019
Despite weak intermodal volume in the third quarter, there is a glimmer of hope for rail shippers as a sequential bump in truckload spot rates have provided additional cost savings.
08 Oct 2019
Canadian forwarder Manitoulin adds to its US holdings, expanding its global logistics network.
08 Oct 2019
Carriers who enjoyed a strong first half of 2019 on the trans-Atlantic trade will have to temper their expectations for the fourth quarter following the WTO approval of US tariffs on a range of European imports.
07 Oct 2019
The US Surface Transportation Board is urging railroads to work closely with shippers to address concerns about demurrage practices.
07 Oct 2019
The Port of Mobile has lowered trucking turn times despite pressure from rising cargo volumes by adding exit gates and expanding gate hours.
07 Oct 2019
Truck owners agreed to resume freight hauling after a meeting with JNPT port leaders and local traffic regulatory officials in which authorities promised to more expeditiously resolve the truckers’ concerns regarding road infrastructure and new regulatory measures.
07 Oct 2019
The US Customs and Border Protection is investigating three companies for possibly evading antidumping and countervailing duties on hardwood plywood imports.
Transplace aims to inject speed, transparency into freight payment
07 Oct 2019
Payment options and visibility for carriers working with progressive freight brokers are expanding, exemplified by Transplace’s integrations with two third-party solutions for small and larger carriers.
Portrix tie-up advances Xeneta’s forwarding software integration
07 Oct 2019
The contract rate benchmarking platform Xeneta has tied up another integration with a freight forwarding software provider following its first such partnership in June, signaling that its data is most effective when piped into a system that contextualizes it.
04 Oct 2019
A trucker protest at India’s JNPT has cut into cargo lifts for vessels at berth or waiting in line to call at the country’s busiest port for container shipping.
04 Oct 2019
Integrated and diversified shipping companies in the vehicle logistics sector stand to benefit the most from the ongoing rebound in the vehicle and high and heavy market due to their inland investments, a Drewry consultant said.
04 Oct 2019
Maersk last week performed its first door-to-door containerized rail operation to an interior point in India’s eastern state of Odisha as part of what it called a move to “unlock new trade opportunities.”
Georgia Ports ro-ro volumes grow amid expansion
04 Oct 2019
Georgia Ports Authority’s “state of the port” address detailed investments in ro-ro infrastructure at Colonel’s Island.
04 Oct 2019
Despite slow improvement in “relative demand,”’ a Bloomberg analyst and food shipper see a soft peak ahead for trucking.
03 Oct 2019
Retailers predict a November spike in imports driven by inventory replenishment and the race to get ahead of Dec. 15 tariffs on $300 billion of imports from China.
03 Oct 2019
Intermodal volumes did not recover in the third quarter, prompting questions of what railroads can do to win back shippers, other than waiting for a recovery in trucking.
A host of sensor hardware developers are making products for the container shipping industry designed to provide better location and condition data of ocean-borne goods, but shippers need data from the systems to be interoperable.
03 Oct 2019
The Marseille-based technology provider has developed a UN standard for sensor-based container messages it hopes will be used widely throughout the industry to make such systems interoperable for potential buyers and users of tracking solutions and associated analytics.
03 Oct 2019
Truckers in the Port of New York and New Jersey say extra trips required by ocean carriers to deliver empty containers are consuming their driver time and hurting productivity.
03 Oct 2019
Small and mid-size NVOs are chipping away at the market shares of the top five NVOs in Asia-US trade by moving aggressively on smaller accounts and responding quickly to declining spot rates.