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

25 Sep 2020
Criticism of the truckload broker Convoy for using venture capital to expand its market share reached a fever pitch this week based on a new offering that helps shippers sidestep the annual bid process, a product incumbent brokers claim is not as innovative as Convoy suggests.
E2open builds container shipping beachhead
18 Jul 2019
E2open has barged into the global logistics community’s consciousness on the back of acquisitions of some of the industry’s stalwart software providers, and now plans to sell shippers on the value of connectivity and harmonized upgrades.
17 Jul 2019
With its sophisticated remote container management technology for reefer movement, Maersk recently shipped a large export consignment of home-grown mangoes from India to the UK, setting itself up for further growth in that market.
Cooling warehouse market gives shippers limited relief
16 Jul 2019
The prolonged rent increases over the past decade for logistics space are beginning to moderate, although growing imports and strong demand for e-commerce fulfillment space in the largest seaport cities will keep industrial real estate development robust through the end of the year.
Shippers might soon come to expect tools such as in-transit visibility and access to instant freight quotes will be provided within a 3PL's transportation management platform.
16 Jul 2019
Shippers benefit from logistics systems integrations, some of which they don’t even see, as 3PLs and software vendors develop embedded pricing and visibility functionality.
15 Jul 2019
Software user interfaces are slowly becoming a higher priority for shippers as software vendors invest in making their systems more intuitive, but the importance of the UI depends on the role.
New strategies of CMA CGM, Maersk familiar, but bolder
12 Jul 2019
Carriers are going beyond setting up logistics arms and instead making the end-to-end reach a full company play rather than standalone attempt to offer the higher value and margin services as the NVOs they compete and partner with.
E-commerce growth hits real-world transportation obstacles
10 Jul 2019
DHL Supply Chain Research finds businesses of all types struggling to keep up with the pace of e-commerce as they work to realign supply chain and transportation networks.
10 Jul 2019
Kontainers is betting that small forwarders will gravitate toward a transaction pricing-based quoting platform to compete with the inevitable shift to freight e-commerce
Less logistics cross-training stifles container solutions
05 Jul 2019
The lack of cross-training for various functions is creating an environment where fewer workers have the ability to solve problems creatively, according to conversations with more than a dozen industry veterans over the last year.
John Atkins, president GCT
03 Jul 2019
Sponsored: John Atkins, President, Global Container Terminals USA, discusses his company's recent expansions, including their ExpressRail Port Jersey and truck reservation system.
Data compartmentalization key to TradeLens carrier buy-in
02 Jul 2019
Maersk’s rival carriers understand their data will be kept private, and broader carrier acceptance will drive more value for shippers, Maersk’s TradeLens emphasized to JOC.com.
27 Jun 2019
Sponsored: Patrick Maher, executive vice president of trucking and logistics company Gulf Winds Internat
25 Jun 2019
Lower manufacturing activity, high inventories, and trade wars are flattening the US freight economy, speakers at the SMC3 Connections 2019 conference said.
24 Jun 2019
Continued depressed pricing has caused service levels in the refrigerated cargo market to deteriorate, but BCOs say there are other issues that need addressing as well.
21 Jun 2019
Supply chain technologies carry a disproportionate importance in emerging markets, where administrative and physical waste creates extra cost for shippers and end consumers.
19 Jun 2019
Strong demand for warehouse space fueled by booming e-commerce and the third-party logistics providers that serve it means high levels of warehouse development have not lowered vacancy rates, or made it easier for shippers to find space.
19 Jun 2019
Despite a downturn in volume, freight shippers say intermodal remains a critical component of their supply chains even as technology is poised to lower truck costs.
18 Jun 2019
Logistics growth is moderating, but shipper of choice programs are surviving because lower rates won't guarantee on-time delivery, speakers at the CSCMP State of Logistics Report launch said.
Crowd-sourced rate benchmarking platform Xeneta has made deep inroads in the BCO market, but an integration with rate management software provider Catapult could expose it more widely to forwarders.
13 Jun 2019
The freight rate management software provider Catapult will directly integrate Xeneta contract rate benchmarking data to help forwarders and NVOs determine if their contract rates are competitive.
12 Jun 2019
Commercial realtor CBRE forecasts refrigerated warehousing will increase 30 to 40 percent over the next five years, even though the rapid supply and demand imbalance in warehousing overall is flattening.
Specialized SaaS visibility supplanting end-to-end approach
11 Jun 2019
Shippers might dream of a single end-to-end visibility system, but providers still specialize in certain areas, so a more realistic approach is figuring out how to stitch deep, but narrow, systems together.
10 Jun 2019
The Port of Montreal believes that by the end of the summer truckers will be able to plan their pick up or drop off of cargo at the port with the help of a turn-time prediction created by using artificial intelligence techniques.
07 Jun 2019
Shippers and providers are watching Mexico’s new customs head to see if he can improve the fluidity of imports even as supply chains handle ever more cargo.
06 Jun 2019
Tariffs come and go, and carriers consolidate, but most markets for packaged and fresh food are pretty stable.
06 Jun 2019
Schneider and Landstar this week offered a tepid assessment of the truckload market in 2019 as spot rates continue to be down double digits from last year, while contract rates have turned negative, too. But there are positive signs in the data.
06 Jun 2019
Choosing the right path through a dizzying array of digital offerings is proving tricky for logistics providers, and taking a wrong turn could be costly.
06 Jun 2019
Executive Q&A with Stephen Spoljaric, Global Manager of Logistics, Bechtel Corporation
05 Jun 2019
Shippers, ocean carriers, and freight forwarders say cargo owners are already rushing shipments to get ahead of potential tariffs on $300 billion of US imports from China.
05 Jun 2019
Estes Express is one of several US less-than-truckload carriers expanding its non-LTL business as shippers look for more services from carrier partners.
05 Jun 2019
Despite predictions of a 3.9 percent increase in Canada’s container trade in 2019, there are multiple factors that could reduce the figure, including the US-China trade war.
05 Jun 2019
Merging FedEx’s Ground and Express networks would allow the company to cut costs while creating billions in shareholder value, SJ Consulting Group president Satish Jindel writes in JOC.com's The Industry Speaks series.
04 Jun 2019
Shippers in Canada say the first half of 2019 has brought several challenges, from tariffs to port constraints.
04 Jun 2019
The Itasca, Illinois-based forwarder is up for sale, and says it is eyeing a private equity partner to fuel its own acquisitions to drive growth in e-commerce and forwarding services.
Carriers carving out a leading position in blockchain through TradeLens and securing a foothold in Internet of Things-based track-and-trace data through Traxens must be viewed chiefly as a competitive maneuver.
03 Jun 2019
After years of undercutting each other on rates to gain market share and the resulting waves of consolidation, large container carriers seem to have come to a realization that they will sink or swim together.
31 May 2019
Sponsored: CenterPoint's SVP William Lu on partnerships with West Coast ports and the role industrial real estate can play in streamlining a supply chain.