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

03 Apr 2020
BCOs and drayage truckers need to document unreasonable detention and demurrage charges, but also not contribute to the problem, speakers toldl a JOC.com webcast.
13 Mar 2019
Senior Europe Editor Greg Knowler on the impact the United Kingdom's European Union exit will potentially have on logistics, in particular the post-Brexit reality of customs inspections for all goods crossing the English Channel.
Speakers at the TPM 2019 Conference in Long Beach last week said they are seeing adoption of application programming interfaces (APIs) in shipping accelerate.
12 Mar 2019
Carriers and 3PLs are using application programming interfaces (APIs) to connect with customers and software vendors to create broader ecosystems of data and functionality than can exist through EDI, email, and flat file sharing.
12 Mar 2019
Mega-box warehouses of 1 million square feet and larger offer the size and efficiencies that are necessary for efficient e-commerce fulfillment, but finding sites in urban areas large enough to support the sprawling facilities can be problematic.
11 Mar 2019
Warehousing and storage companies increased employment a healthy 7 percent in February, outpacing overall US employment growth of 1.6 percent.
11 Mar 2019
Software provider project44 is looking to fill gaps in supply chain visibility, which it says occur most often at ports, rather than when cargo is at sea.
07 Mar 2019
Soren Skou tells TPM19 Maersk's latest foray into integrated logistics will be more successful thanks to its dominant market share and widespread digitization throughout the container shipping industry.
06 Mar 2019
With far fewer carriers operating much larger vessels, the maritime shipping landscape has changed dramatically since the first stages of containerization 60 years ago, and the industry may be on the cusp of the next phase in its evolution.
05 Mar 2019
Container carrier executives tell TPM 2019 poor forecasting is an industry-wide problem, but solving it could greatly reduce overbooking and "no-show" cargo, benefiting shippers and carriers alike.
27 Feb 2019
VC-funded startups are joining established players in providing previously hard-to-get data around the critical transport legs between ports and distribution centers.
26 Feb 2019
Double-digit revenue increases may be more difficult to come by this year than in 2018, but profits and acquisitions are expected to fuel the fastest-growing truckload and LTL companies.
26 Feb 2019
Rising demand on its Asia-Europe express network is seeing UPS make some big investments in infrastructure and aircraft capacity to keep up.
JDA Software is opening up development to outside parties, giving shippers more of a voice in design.
25 Feb 2019
JDA Software opening its supply chain platform up to outside development gives shippers more direct influence over future iterations of the firm’s TMS and WMS products.
25 Feb 2019
The tie-up between US Bank Freight Payment and project44 on less-than-truckload moves is yet another a sign shippers are looking for more than just in-transit shipment data and predictive ETAs.
25 Feb 2019
The e-commerce giant will need large and midsized shippers to grow its budding NVO business, but questions remain about whether such shippers will want to work with a company that is both a service provider and a competitor.
22 Feb 2019
The e-commerce behemoth is already exerting greater control over its internal supply chain, but if Amazon were to build out and market logistics as a distinct service, it would forever redraw the lines between ocean freight and the rest of the global supply chain.
21 Feb 2019
CEO Ryan Petersen tells JOC.com Flexport will use the new funding to build out its physical infrastructure and scale up its engineering team, not for mergers and acquisitions.
18 Feb 2019
Despite the disruption customs inspections required after a no-deal Brexit, there has been no contact between the agencies in the UK and those on the EU.
15 Feb 2019
Import demand growth in the region is improving prospects for already strong exports of petrochemical, agricultural, and forest products, which had previously been limited by a shortage of empty containers.
15 Feb 2019
Despite a forecast loss of $600 million in e-commerce revenue, XPO Logistics expects to increase revenue 3-5 percent in 2019, as it enters a more mature phase of growth.
15 Feb 2019
All is not well among Panalpina's shareholders, and the DSV takeover bid has brought the disenchantment with the company management to a head.
14 Feb 2019
COO and soon-to-be CEO Bob Biesterfeld tells JOC.com US truckload rates are likely to continue to rise in 2019 despite a rebalancing of capacity.
Service integrations offer new trade compliance options
14 Feb 2019
Consolidation in the GTM software space and Maersk's purchase of customs broker Vandergrift are signs shippers want to more closely link logistics and compliance activities.
13 Feb 2019
CFO Michael Sirat tells JOC.com CEVA will compete for the container carrier’s business like any other forwarder.
12 Feb 2019
Jack Oney, CEO, Oney Consulting and panelist at 2018 JOC Logistics Technology Conference on why he feels the "Amazon effect" on cargo shipping is overblown, differentiating what customers want versus what they need in a transportation management system (TMS), and identifying bottlenecks at origin.
08 Feb 2019
The 2019 edition of the annual JOC 3PL Services Directory was compiled by industry research and consulting firm Armstrong & Associates and contains more than 500 third-party logistics providers. The directory includes their geographic reach, contact information, website, and services across supply chain, transportation, and warehouse management, as well as any specialized services.
07 Feb 2019
Space taken by shippers and transportation providers accounts for an increasingly large share of the tightening Mexican industrial real estate market, which offered low vacancy rates and high rental costs in 2018.
07 Feb 2019
Jens Bjørn Andersen told JOC.com the highly fragmented forwarding industry is in need of consolidation and the additional scale would benefit DSV customers and shareholders alike.
05 Feb 2019
A brave new world of complex supply chains, consumer demands, and urbanization means problems rooted in truck capacity and driver availability are likely to get worse, regardless of the economic cycle.
05 Feb 2019
The Georgia Ports Authority will be playing a critical role in production of a new sports-utility vehicle by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia.
04 Feb 2019
The biggest stakeholder of Panalpina says no deal to DSV takeover offer.
04 Feb 2019
The bankruptcy filing of a freight payment provider last week brings a reminder to shippers to be diligent in monitoring payment vendors.
04 Feb 2019
Concor has entered into a strategic cooperation deal with Russia’s JSC RZD Logistics.
01 Feb 2019
In the trucking payment process, factoring might be particularly suited for blockchain.
01 Feb 2019
The US-China trade war may be a one-off event, but it highlighted the tenuous balance of warehouse supply and demand in Southern California and New York-New Jersey, where future trade or weather events could result in meltdowns.
The project cargo market is seen as spotty and inconsistent.
31 Jan 2019
The fuel efficiency of Zeamarine's newbuildings will be advantageous, and it will also be looking at scrubber technology and durability, Zeamarine president and CEO Andre Grikitis said.