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

21 Feb 2020
A sizable investment in a yard automation startup this week is a signal that shippers and logistics providers need to prioritize efficiencies in their warehousing and distribution facilities to cope with the speed of supply chains.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai (JNPT).
31 Oct 2018
The investment is a part of a strong push by DP World to diversify beyond its core container cargo handling business with more investment in assets that link the global terminal operator directly with shippers and logistics service providers.
A warehouse in the United States with workers.
31 Oct 2018
Keep this in mind: Every innovation in technology and transportation since the fax machine was invented, that was intended to disrupt or to disintermediate, was adopted and deployed first by 3PLs and carriers. Hence, your action item lies with your 3PLs and their carrier partners.
A truck travels in a city in the United States.
31 Oct 2018
Shippers came to the JOC Inland Distribution Conference on Oct. 22-24 in Oak Brook, Illinois, to connect with carriers and third-party logistics providers, discuss problems, and get a sense of where the market is headed. But if they came hoping to hear that a buyer’s market in US transportation is around the corner, they were sorely disappointed.
A freight train travels across China.
31 Oct 2018
Further, Asia-Europe rail is a trade transport mode in demand: shipper demand for a faster alternative to ocean freight is driving the rising volume and rapid development of new services on the intercontinental rail route.
Port of Oakland.
31 Oct 2018
The reliability is particularly bad on the trans-Pacific, currently experiencing an extended peak season with tight capacity freight rates still increasing deep into the third quarter.
A container ship accepting fuel.
30 Oct 2018
The failed late-October attempt by some members of the International Maritime Organization to delay some provisions of the rule taking effect Jan. 1, 2020, underscores shippers’ drive to figure out just how much more they’ll be paying for ocean shipping.
A CMA CGM ship in Europe.
30 Oct 2018
How carriers recoup the rising cost of fuel will be key to their profitability this year. Bunker fuel comprises the largest single operating cost for shipping lines.
Port of New York and New Jerse.
30 Oct 2018
Ports and regions are devising creative and needs-specific solutions to container shipping's chassis issue — a longtime bottleneck/trouble spot in the supply chain. Here is the Port of New York and New Jersey's progress.
A truck travels on a US highway.
30 Oct 2018
In an era of tight US capacity and rising freight costs, shippers need a more ‘holistic’ approach to supply chain visibility, speakers at the JOC Logistics Technology Conference say.
Rotterdam port.
30 Oct 2018
The volume increases at Rotterdam and Antwerp come despite a steady decline in container imports from Asia that can be seen in the latest data from Container Trades Statistics.
Los Angeles warehouses.
30 Oct 2018
Strong demand for all classifications of US industrial space will continue in the coming months.
A heavy lift ship.
29 Oct 2018
The carriage ban makes it an offense for ships to carry fuel with sulfur content higher than 0.5 percent, unless the vessel has a scrubber.
A freight train travels across China.
29 Oct 2018
China is expected to begin enforcing a rule early in 2019 that will allow only full trains leaving for Europe to be subsidized, but judging from the industry reaction to the move, it is not expected to have much impact on the rapidly expanding network.
Kai Von Taube, Zeamarine.
29 Oct 2018
Von Taube will assume the role of director, Zeamarine, during the fourth quarter of 2018, taking over responsibilities from Irich Ulrichs, including Zeamarine's tramp and liner services.
Krishnapatnam Port.
29 Oct 2018
At the most recent talk in New Delhi, India Shipping Secretary Gopal Krishna and Bangladesh counterpart Abdus Samad agreed to increase ports of call, on each side, under the bilateral inland water transit and trade pact.
Logistics technology and container shipping.
29 Oct 2018
For one, the acquisition is part of a wider trend toward consolidation in the logistics and supply chain software markets, one in which platforms are coalescing around the idea that global manufacturers and retailers need to execute more processes on fewer common platforms.
OOCL
29 Oct 2018
One example: although Orient Overseas gave no profit and loss numbers in its interim updates, the debilitating effects of rising operating costs and weak freight rates are clearly visible in the average revenue earned per container.
Port of Los Angeles.
26 Oct 2018
Shippers were still paying high spot rates, and scheduled deployment of extra-loader vessels indicates carriers believe imports will remain strong into November.
A trucking loading in the United States.
26 Oct 2018
Being driver-friendly is just the start, not the end goal, of being a shipper of choice, a business development specialist said at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference earlier this week. “It’s table stakes.”
26 Oct 2018
Sponsored: DHL's Sanjay Tejwani on growth trajectory of LCL, potential for controlling risk and exploring test markets, carrier consolidation, and more. 
Antwerp port.
26 Oct 2018
Current supply/demand fundamentals and trade tensions are not a recipe for ocean carriers hoping to post a second consecutive year of profits. And then there is the low-sulfur fuel rule starting Jan. 1, 2020.
A freight truck travels in Chicago.
26 Oct 2018
Harsh weather and the electronic logging device mandate — requiring truck drivers to record their of hours of service digitally and cease use of paper logs to track drivers' time behind the wheel — have put pressure on Chicago and other US markets.
A barge on the Rhine River.
26 Oct 2018
The low water has stopped all barge transport on a huge section of the critical European waterway stretching between Kaub and the Swiss town of Basel, leaving high and dry shippers scrambling for truck transport that is in critically short supply.
Rail intermodal in the United States.
25 Oct 2018
Money can address some factors, but until several key checkpoints in a container’s journey address operational inefficiencies, bottlenecks will persist, consultants and industry executives said at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference this week.
Reefer boxes stacked.
25 Oct 2018
At issue is an effort by port employers to have deskbound longshoremen monitor the temperature of each reefer twice a day to ensure that it is at the correct temperature, instead of longshoremen physically walking up to each box, checking, and documenting the temperature on an iPad.
Containers at a port.
25 Oct 2018
The Chittagong Customs House Wednesday issued the handling notification, which was requested by the Chittagong Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Containers at a port.
25 Oct 2018
However, officials noted that daily cargo movement at the terminal continues to remain no less than the normal average.
A barge travels at the port of Antwerp
25 Oct 2018
The Rhine River is now lower than the previous record levels set in 2003 as the dry spell that began in August has extended through October, and barges cannot travel past Ludwigshafen, south of Frankfurt.
CMA CGM.
25 Oct 2018
The purchase price in cash or shares for the freight management business has yet to be agreed on, and failing agreement will be determined by an independent appraisal.
Jim Tompkins, Tompkins International.
24 Oct 2018
The latest news from the JOC Inland Distribution Conference in Oak Brook, Illinois. Check back with this document frequently for the latest news and insights from key logistics, shipping, and trade decision makers.
A truck at a port.
24 Oct 2018
“Railroads and ports are spending billions of dollars for infrastructure. All of that of that is great, but let’s focus more on what is needed to get drivers into and out of the port. Railroads should look at their in-gates and out-gates. Most of the delays occur in the queue lines,” Patrick Maher, executive vice president of Gulf Winds International, told attendees at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference 2018 on Tuesday.
Port Greer, South Carolina, United States with rail.
24 Oct 2018
Haven's product, called Origin, is carrier-neutral and intended to enable shippers to make bookings for ocean, air, trucking, and rail shipments either direct with carriers or with freight forwarders.
A truck travels in California, United States.
23 Oct 2018
Two major developments have produced unusually strong price increases in both international and domestic freight movement this year, analysts on Tuesday told more than 370 attendees of the JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
Air cargo being loaded.
23 Oct 2018
“There should be enough space as supply catches up with demand, but it is still possible to have a peak like we did last year [2017],” a spokesman for Freight Investor Service said.
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Oct 2018
“This is the reality today. We must focus on service levels to make sure terminals are fluid,” Steve Balaski, senior business development manager for containers at the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma, told the recent Western Cargo Conference of freight forwarders and customs brokers.