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

06 Apr 2020
Supply chain risk monitoring tools have largely been seen as a luxury, not necessity, but COVID-19 is likely to change the industry’s thinking about their ability to adapt to massive disruption.
Activists block JNPT 16 Nov. 2018.
16 Nov 2018
Activists ended their JNPT shutdown action in the late afternoon Friday, after port and other stakeholders held talks with demonstrators.
Alexandria port.
16 Nov 2018
“In my personal opinion, yes [Egypt does need capacity]. I really think there is a growth story. There is congestion and a need for higher-quality infrastructure,” said Khaled Nageib, CEO and president of Egyptian Ports Development Group, a private-sector company engaged in the development of domestic and international ports.
Port of Hamburg.
16 Nov 2018
Port of Hamburg marketing joint CEO Ingo Egloff said the vital infrastructure project was being blocked by objections from environmental pressure groups, which he said was unacceptable.
Supply chain management.
15 Nov 2018
Collaboration is not just an activity, but a process, and it requires a focus on customer experience, logistics executives told the Traffic Club of Chicago at a Business Development Symposium Wednesday.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
15 Nov 2018
Local political groups and trade unions leading the strike have, in their public announcements, stated that demonstrators will stage blockades at port entry/exit points to halt operations.
A modern/new-design container ship.
15 Nov 2018
Rather than developing a platform, the ocean carriers involved are taking another approach to try to achieve the goal of common information technology standards.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
15 Nov 2018
The changes across the US transportation landscape, from a trade war with mainland China to seemingly unstoppable e-commerce growth, require from logistics managers a drill-like precision and agility and closer collaboration with carriers.
Port Houston
15 Nov 2018
Imports are important to Gulf ports’ growth because ocean carriers in the major east-west trades deploy capacity based on imports, which command freight rates about four times higher than exports.
A truck travels in Mexico.
15 Nov 2018
Anti-crime experts, in a 2018 advisory and intelligence report, had a specific point of advice for cargo owners, and it’s a change from an anti-theft stance most likely deployed by many owners.
Krishnapatnam Port.
14 Nov 2018
The rail project is critical for Krishnapatnam's effort to increase transshipment volume, following India's cabotage relaxation for foreign-flag ship operators.
The Port of Oakland.
14 Nov 2018
Rising operating costs that are siphoning off profitability will see carriers having a much greater hold on capacity going into what is looking like a volatile 2019.
Maersk Line.
14 Nov 2018
The third-quarter earnings of Maersk and HMM, released Wednesday, send a warning to the container shipping industry of the challenge in recouping higher bunker fuel costs — a challenge that will only increase further when the global low-sulfur fuel rule takes effect.
A container ship.
13 Nov 2018
In addition to survey responses, the Jones Walker study offered several cyber-defense recommendations.
Port Panama City.
13 Nov 2018
The port's primary facilities at the west terminal sustained relatively minor damage; it was a "mixed bag," the port's executive director said, including lost doors, canopies, and skylights, and some damage to the port's container terminal.
13 Nov 2018
UK and EU negotiators are currently locked in negotiations to try to arrive at an agreement in time for an emergency November summit, but with a persistent lack of clarity over cross-channel trade and no clear strategy guidance from London or Brussels, the supply chain is already well into its Plan B.
Container at the Port of Los Angeles.
13 Nov 2018
Research earlier this year by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors found that large shippers face ocean freight invoicing inaccuracy rates of 2 to 5 percent, while smaller shippers face rates as high as 30 percent.
Warehouse sites in Metro New York/New Jersey area.
12 Nov 2018
With consumers demanding ever faster delivery times, shippers are looking for space that helps them meet that demand, including nontraditional warehouse space.
Intermodal rail.
12 Nov 2018
As a shipper, whether you benefit from precision scheduled railroading (PSR) will likely hinge on how far you ship and where you ship from. In general, favorably situated shippers will probably experience superior service. But shippers in the wrong place could well find themselves back on the highway.
Container ship bunkering.
12 Nov 2018
Rising volume and revenue by shipping lines — often double-digit increases year over year — has not been accompanied by rates rising to levels that are able to offset the effects of steadily escalating bunker fuel costs.
12 Nov 2018
Sponsored: The development of smart containers will shape the future of the container shipping industry, said MSC's Maurizio Aponte, who discussed data standardization, partnering with platform providers, and the mechanics of smart container operations.
Mundra Port.
12 Nov 2018
With the cabotage relaxation, implemented May 21, foreign-flag carriers can transport laden export/import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports without any specific permission or license.
12 Nov 2018
Sponsored: Remote container management is a game changer for the reefer cargo, said Hamburg Süd's Smet in a 2018 JOC Container Trade Europe Conference panel.
SF.
12 Nov 2018
Is venture capital (VC) advancing the logistics technology start-up sector for the betterment of shippers? Or is it distorting the market and penalizing well-run companies that are not VC-backed?
Digital bill of lading.
09 Nov 2018
Efforts to digitize the bill of lading that must accompany each shipment, whether on an ocean vessel or tractor-trailer, aren’t necessarily new, but they’re gaining ground in an era of e-commerce and tight capacity.
An Amazon center in Nevada, United States.
09 Nov 2018
Every year, the expectation regarding “free” is that “free” gets faster and faster, and e-commerce players are a major factor. Thus, two-to-three-day click-to-delivery expectations are now the norm. And that’s upping delivery pressure on shippers.
Air cargo in China.
09 Nov 2018
Three major online buying events — Singles’ Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are coming — and when they are combined with the evolution of the three into global shopping and shipping events, it means more pressure on air freight pipelines.
A truck travels on a US highway.
08 Nov 2018
Investment is growing in start-up collaborative logistics platforms that connect parties and break down silos between areas such as procurement, visibility, and payment.
08 Nov 2018
Hapag-Lloyd became the latest example of how rising volume and revenue is being thoroughly eroded by increasing bunker fuel prices.
Port of Los Angeles.
08 Nov 2018
Some are predicting a continuation of peak season-like conditions not just through the end of the year but continuing until the Chinese New Year holiday beginning in early February. Beyond that, two sector variables will determine the extent of anticipated first-quarter weakness in spot rates.
Freight forwarding.
08 Nov 2018
The triple threat of e-commerce retailers, logistics technology startups, and ocean carriers pushing into the logistics services space is creating pressure on forwarders to innovate in the way they adopt new technology and engage with shippers to maintain value in those relationships.
Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor, JOC Logistics Tech Conference.
07 Nov 2018
Blockchain is one of the most-often discussed topics in the shipping industry. Proponents argue it has the potential to transform shipping and supply chain management, among many other uses. JOC senior technology editor Eric Johnson provided a primer on the subject at the recently completed JOC Logistics Technology Conference in Las Vegas.
A truck travels on a US road.
07 Nov 2018
Machine learning tools are often touted as mechanisms to drive next-level benefits in freight movement, but current use cases are more feet-on-the-ground than head-in-the-cloud applications.
Yang Ming,
07 Nov 2018
While container shipping fundamentals are improving, 2019 holds major challenges for ocean carriers.
A truck travels in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
07 Nov 2018
At the recently completed JOC Inland Distribution Conference 2018 in Illinois, shippers and executives received a clear message concerning the economy and their shipping plan, among other insights.
A Manitoulin truck.
06 Nov 2018
The addition of Express Havre St-Pierre helps 'build out' Manitoulin Transport's truckload and LTL service map in Quebec, especially in the province's rural areas, and complements its westward expansion.