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

14 Jan 2022
There is no single solution to the problems underlying the international supply chain meltdown, but the steamship lines, port terminals, railroads, and cargo owners can take action now to fend off a repeat occurrence of 2021’s disruption.
13 Jan 2022
Shippers “will have to be innovative” to avoid delays caused by COVID-19 vaccine mandates for truck drivers crossing the US-Canadian border.
13 Jan 2022
Transporeon is adding a transportation management software provider focused on automation and a tool for carriers to optimize truckload capacity, the latest acquisitions in a run that started in fall 2020.
11 Jan 2022
Customer growth, geographic expansion, and supply chain disruptions in 2021 helped multi-modal visibility provider project44 secure $420 million in new investment, its third multi-million-dollar funding round in 13 months.
11 Jan 2022
Expansion in the Netherlands follows a $1.7 billion funding round that will propel growth as Lineage Logistics builds its global food chain.
10 Jan 2022
The creation of Ascend from the combination of two existing companies highlights fast growth in the regional market for “middle-mile” e-commerce freight.
10 Jan 2022
The acquisition of EHS Trucking allows RoadOne to connect East Coast and Midwest intermodal and truckload operations.
07 Jan 2022
Global 3PLs are facing competition from digitally oriented forwarders and vertically integrated container lines and terminal operators.
07 Jan 2022
After 18 months of chaotic supply chains, cargo owners are searching for stability as they look ahead into 2022.
06 Jan 2022
A fresh round of investor cash sets the stage for greater automation and expansion of facilities in Lineage’s global cold-chain network.
05 Jan 2022
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 represents yet a further setback for railroads, warehouse operators, and trucking companies to keep workers moving freight.
04 Jan 2022
Blume Global’s acquisition of a sourcing collaboration platform gives it more upstream visibility into manufacturing activity after a year in which component shortages hampered international supply chains.
03 Jan 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hang over the air cargo business, and until regular international travel resumes, shippers will find space in tight supply and rates at elevated levels.
03 Jan 2022
Logistics providers are largely embracing a buy-and-build approach to serve their shipper and carrier ecosystems, realizing that internal development resources aren’t usually enough to cater for all their software needs.
03 Jan 2022
The trans-Atlantic trade will report significant volume growth in 2021 as heavy US demand fills all available capacity and pushes rates to record levels.
29 Dec 2021
Shippers and forwarders under pressure to pay freight surcharges have an option to apply for credit through a new offering by payment vendor PayCargo’s working capital solutions group.
28 Dec 2021
Domestic intermodal shippers who want to use BNSF Railway to send cargo in 53-foot containers will have one fewer service option come Jan. 1, JOC.com has learned.
28 Dec 2021
US industrial real estate markets set records in 2021 for leasing activity, low vacancy rates, rental rate growth, and new construction permits, and shippers looking for warehousing and distribution space should expect more of the same in the coming year.
27 Dec 2021
Demand for less-than-container load (LCL) services has driven a customs technology company catering to small US shippers to launch a service from two Chinese ports to New York-New Jersey.
27 Dec 2021
Pandemic-born disruption will continue forcing logistics practitioners to rework supply chains in 2022 to deal with ongoing congestion and equipment shortages.
21 Dec 2021
Futures contracts based on container rates across several major trade lanes will start trading at the end of February on one of the world’s largest financial exchanges.
20 Dec 2021
Mediterranean Shipping Co. has made an offer for the largest port and logistics provider on the African continent as it looks to expand on a growing market.
16 Dec 2021
Convoy’s recent foray into developing technology for use by other brokers hints at a future where freight procurement is centered around platforms where companies complement and compete with one another.
14 Dec 2021
Redwood CEO Mark Yeager said the company’s acquisition by a new private equity firm gives the Chicago-based 3PL ammunition to compete in a market that has seen “dramatic consolidation” in 2021.
14 Dec 2021
The $480 million purchase of the former Port Logistics Group connects seaports more closely to Ryder System’s e-commerce fulfillment network.
13 Dec 2021
Venture capital firms have boosted the coffers of two startups aiming to empower the domestic and cross-border trucking industry in Mexico as investment into logistics technology providers continues.
10 Dec 2021
An electronic connection between CargoWise and Singapore Airlines is another sign that digital management of bookings and shipment modifications is gaining momentum in the air cargo market.
09 Dec 2021
IHS Markit expects US GDP to expand 7.1 percent in the fourth quarter, based on a $130 billion jump in inventory investment in October that represents goods “pulled forward” from 2022.
09 Dec 2021
Transporeon has acquired ocean visibility provider Logit One, another bit of consolidation in a cargo visibility market that has already seen project44 and FourKites collectively roll up three competitors.
08 Dec 2021
An effort by the US Federal Maritime Commission to facilitate data sharing in supply chains needs to be global in nature and focused around resolving data conflicts between carriers and terminals, experts said.
08 Dec 2021
CMA CGM’s acquisition of most of US-based e-commerce and contract logistics specialist Ingram Micro continues the group’s targeted takeover strategy and elevates its CEVA Logistics unit to the world’s fourth-largest contract logistics provider.
07 Dec 2021
The creation of a new state-backed logistics group comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s has highlighted the need for improving domestic and global logistics and transport networks in several speeches in the last few months.
03 Dec 2021
Uncoordinated state measures imposed in response to the new COVID-19 variant are adding a new round of misery to the already overstretched global supply chain.
29 Nov 2021
The amount of “creative destruction” that has occurred in the warehousing sector is hidden by the headline employment figures, say two JOC guest columnists.
23 Nov 2021
Redwood Logistics’ focus on system integration has extended to partnerships with international and domestic freight management systems providers E2open and Freightos.
23 Nov 2021
After a decade leading one of the world’s largest forwarders, Detlef Trefzger will step down as CEO of Kuehne + Nagel in the middle of next year.