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

17 Nov 2022
To the extent freight market participants have greater exposure to key industrial markets than consumer markets, current data is not pointing towards sharp downturns in freight demand, at least not yet, writes JOC analyst Jason Miller.
10 Apr 2019
Ohio-based intermodal services company COFC Logistics is launching two intermodal services that will move 53-foot containers northbound from Mexico City as trucking capacity tightens and cargo volumes increase.
10 Apr 2019
There will be some big winners and losers should the UK leave the EU without negotiating a deal that allows for the continuation of existing trade agreements.
09 Apr 2019
Rising cargo volumes, growing manufacturing heft, and some new trade agreements are positioning Mexico as a logistics hub, raising questions about whether the country's infrastructure can handle the added stress.
09 Apr 2019
The e-commerce giant was one of Flexport’s largest customers last year, but the two may eventually compete in the still-nascent “logistics-as-a-service” market.
Eric Johnson, senior editor, technology, JOC,
09 Apr 2019
Eric Johnson, senior editor, technology, JOC,
09 Apr 2019
CMA CGM has big plans for the company’s logistics service offerings after bringing CEVA into the fold.
09 Apr 2019
Research by Ocean Audit estimates Flexport moved more cargo than some of the forwarder’s skeptics assume, but less than the company portrays.
07 Apr 2019
Sponsored: DHL Global Forwarding's Sanjay Tejwani on moving from a price-focused sales model, ocean carrier consolidation, future of freight forwarders, and specific changes to the RFQ process with potential to transform the contracting process.
05 Apr 2019
Ryder is creating new space in four warehouses and upgrading a trucking yard in Mexico to meet the country’s growing demand for industrial space, especially near the US border.
05 Apr 2019
A drop in the number of truckers at the smallest US trucking companies could indicate a market shift toward large carriers as spot truckload rates seek bottom.
03 Apr 2019
Six months after new government restrictions on hours of service for Mexico’s truck drivers took effect, rates have gone up, capacity has tightened, and it’s tougher to find trucking services to some parts of the country.
03 Apr 2019
Top 10 freight broker GlobalTranz continued its recent acquisition spree at the same time it was acquired by a former equity investor.
NY hackathon spotlights new logistics tech talent
02 Apr 2019
The NYC Hackathon in late March widened the pipeline of technology talent that now understands the problems afflicting the maritime industry, although a lack of standard data formats remains a challenge.
01 Apr 2019
The largest 50 US trucking firms saw their share of for-hire revenue jump by double digits last year compared with pre-recession levels, as shippers give bigger carriers more business.
01 Apr 2019
Panalpina has long underperformed compared with its forwarding peers, but DSV aims to turn that around.
Flexport coloading FCL-LCL shipments
28 Mar 2019
With roughly one-third of an average US inbound FCL container empty, the forwarder has created a product to match compatible LCL and FCL cargo, giving FCL shippers a discount to compensate for additional transit time.
Eric Johnson, senior editor, technology, JOC
27 Mar 2019
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26 Mar 2019
The social media titan is by no means the first to try to tackle cross-team collaboration and communication, but the ubiquity of its consumer platform may give the Workplace system an edge over lesser-known competitors.
26 Mar 2019
The Danish shipping giant has established a start-up accelerator in India that aims to help develop technologies Maersk can one day leverage back into its own digital transformation.
Flexport’s uniqueness rests in its pricing power
25 Mar 2019
Those wondering how the rapidly expanding logistics provider plans to turn a recent $1 billion funding round into profits in the short term may be asking the wrong question.
21 Mar 2019
Shippers should be on the lookout for increases in trucking and parcel accessorial charges as freight rates come under increasing pressure.
Arviem linking visibility with trade financing
21 Mar 2019
A new product from the Zurich-based cargo sensor and tracking provider will provide banks and other financiers with increased visibility into freight moves and associated risk, allowing for faster deployment of capital.
20 Mar 2019
Modern software can be more than the sum of its parts thanks to the ease with which systems can integrate with each other via application programming interfaces (APIs).
20 Mar 2019
After two straight years of double-digit increases in cargo robberies, Mexican transportation leaders are waiting to see whether security is improved by a new crime-fighting force created by the country’s new president.
20 Mar 2019
Higher volumes of lighter weight, short-distance e-commerce packages sap revenue and yield at FedEx Express, which also expects slower growth in international trade.
19 Mar 2019
Experts tell JOC.com that although the development of data standards may not be a necessity for increasing deployment of technology in container shipping, it would accelerate the process.
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.