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

03 Aug 2021
Broader digital capacity and rate connectivity between container lines and forwarders could change the use case for rate management software, a new Freightos report suggests.
02 Aug 2021
Logistics procurement software providers are becoming increasingly attuned to the mandate their retail and manufacturing customers face to reduce freight-related carbon emissions.
30 Jul 2021
Paris-based forwarder Geodis has joined its peers in posting a highly profitable first half result, despite reporting “extreme tension” in air and ocean markets.
30 Jul 2021
ECU, the largest global LCL consolidator, has expanded its footprint over the past decade through acquisition and organic growth, the latter driven in recent years by rising consumer e-commerce demand.
29 Jul 2021
The second half of the year will bring no easing of the high rate-low service pain for shippers trying to move cargo out of Asia on the volatile air and ocean trades.
28 Jul 2021
The proposed Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 could restrain carriers from imposing legitimate detention and demurrage fees, undermining the goal of systemwide container fluidity.
27 Jul 2021
Port congestion, poor ocean shipping reliability, and container scarcity are compounding higher input costs for raw materials, US retailers are telling investors as they warn of increased shipper pressures through the year.
23 Jul 2021
The last-mile divisions of logistics providers Ryder Systems and TFI International are building new hubs and remodeling existing networks to deliver increased speed-to-market for their retail customers.
22 Jul 2021
The Biden administration is wading into ocean regulatory waters via an executive order, upping pressure on maritime regulators to crack down on illegal behavior and work more closely with the Department of Justice.
22 Jul 2021
The acquisition of third-party logistics provider Transplace will transform Uber Freight, providing greater access to shippers, as it builds a “fully-scaled” logistics platform.
21 Jul 2021
A liner-led consortium aimed at using blockchain to digitize key container shipping processes has launched a cargo release product in China.
20 Jul 2021
Cargo owners are unlikely to see any easing of elevated rate pressure across transportation modes through the fourth quarter, according to K+N's Detlef Trefzger.
20 Jul 2021
Technology provider EDRAY, flush with new funding, has expanded its range of solutions to include a drayage marketplace and visibility tools.
16 Jul 2021
A new digital forwarding platform emerges in India to serve small 3PLs that want to provide shippers instant quotes and attached insurance and finance solutions.
15 Jul 2021
Supply chain-focused venture capital firm 8VC has partnered with the largest provider of cold storage facilities globally to fast-track the company’s technology development and adoption.
14 Jul 2021
Platforms aimed at helping 3PLs migrate their payables processes to electronic formats are helping the industry catch up to similar transformations taking place in other industries.
13 Jul 2021
Digital forwarders and investors are eyeing an underserved Latin American market with a combination of service models that have found success in other markets and local expertise that is difficult to replicate for outsiders.
09 Jul 2021
European logistics technology provider Blockshipping is aiming to help terminals reduce so-called “shuffle moves” by predicting dwell time in the yard six hours before a container is discharged.
09 Jul 2021
The ports of Oakland and Los Angeles expanded their share of total US cooled, chilled, and frozen containerized trade in early 2021 as US imports of refrigerated cargoes surged while exports plunged.
08 Jul 2021
Sensor-based visibility provider Tive is teaming with vessel location data company MarineTraffic, adding to Tive’s growing network of complementary data providers.
07 Jul 2021
Fluctuating vessel schedules and delays at ports and inland terminals are contributing to rising costs for perishable food shippers across supply chain modes.
06 Jul 2021
Berth planning and optimization software provider Portchain has signed its first US customer in the South Carolina Ports Authority, which will initially deploy the technology at its new Leatherman Terminal.
02 Jul 2021
A new mobile app has launched that's designed to help small drayage carriers and independent drivers manage all aspects of their business, including increasingly complicated detention and demurrage fees, directly from their trucks.
01 Jul 2021
CMA CGM has acquired a rail operator in Spain, adding an intermodal dimension to the ocean carrier’s expanding integrated service portfolio.
30 Jun 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has shippers eyeing a blend of local and global sourcing locations, but with a focus on continuity of supply, according to a report by DSV and Cardiff University.
29 Jun 2021
Global detention and demurrage charges doubled over the past year as shippers faced unprecedented delays in moving their cargo and ocean carriers sought quick return of equipment, according to Container xChange.
29 Jun 2021
High-profile digital intermediaries Flexport and Convoy are partnering to provide shippers an integrated ocean and truckload service by connecting their respective technology platforms.
28 Jun 2021
Refrigerated containers have become so scarce on the north–south North America–Latin America trade that shippers are signing guaranteed volume contracts with carriers, who in some cases are canceling spot cargo bookings because they cannot provide the equipment.
25 Jun 2021
The largest US trucking company is more profitable than ever despite the capacity and service challenges posed by waves of e-commerce-generated freight and a resurgent industrial economy.
25 Jun 2021
Shippers have long bemoaned what they consider punitive detention and demurrage fees for exceeding contracted free time, but those charges can cost cargo owners more than the stated dollar amount.
24 Jun 2021
Supply chain-focused venture fund Dynamo has raised a new tranche of capital it will use to invest in early-stage startups in international logistics and surface transportation, among other adjacent categories.
24 Jun 2021
TradeLens has followed expansion into China with full integrations of Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express, meaning the platform now has five of the world’s top six container lines.
22 Jun 2021
A software provider that offers visibility and freight matching tools to brokers has been acquired by a private equity firm in a move designed to grow its attractiveness to midsized brokers and small carrier fleets.
22 Jun 2021
Freightos is linking its freight marketplace and rate management products to offer forwarders a white label quoting and booking solution.
21 Jun 2021
Investment fund SoftBank has plowed $240 million into Flexport’s European rival Forto as it expands its bet on progress for the digital forwarding model.
17 Jun 2021
The e-commerce boom means more vehicles moving more goods, and potentially emitting more pollutants, but DHL also sees opportunities to advance sustainability goals on land, sea, and in the air as e-commerce expands.