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Logistics provider GXO buys PFSweb amid end-to-end fulfillment rush

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Sep 15, 2023, 12:57 PM EDT

The deal comes on the heels of other acquisitions and new services launched this week at several logistics and transportation providers, all aimed at expanding their ability to deliver end-to-end global fulfillment services.
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CEVA expands India footprint with contract logistics takeover

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Aug 21, 2023, 9:57 AM EDT

The CMA CGM subsidiary’s latest acquisition will significantly increase its presence in South Asia that is growing in importance as supply chain routes shift across the region.
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Maersk’s lagging ‘integrator’ plan now needs to winnow costs: Clerc

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Aug 4, 2023, 3:30 PM EDT

Maersk has invested $10.5 billion in its logistics and services business to date, but results are falling behind plan after last year’s volumes evaporated.
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Tough market conditions slow DHL’s H1 profitability

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Aug 1, 2023, 10:16 AM EDT

A challenging operating environment pulled down revenue and earnings at DHL, but the Germany-based integrator remains in a highly profitable position ahead of an uncertain second half.
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Ample Southern California warehouse space awaits muted peak season

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jul 27, 2023, 1:26 PM EDT

After three years of operating at full capacity, warehouses and distribution centers outside the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex are gaining space by shedding excess inventory, and a peak season that some say will be non-existent is not expected to disrupt that newfound fluidity.
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Flexport moves into fulfillment realm with Shopify Logistics acquisition

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | May 4, 2023, 7:05 AM EDT

Flexport expects both enterprise customers and small merchants to tap into the last-mile and fulfillment network it acquired with Shopify Logistics.
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US trucking, warehousing firms shed jobs, but still have more than a year ago

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Mar 14, 2023, 12:35 PM EDT

Most of the transportation job losses reported for February were due to seasonal cuts rather than economic contraction, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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More investment headed to US last-mile delivery market

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 24, 2023, 9:42 AM EST

Transportation providers of all sizes, from Maersk to Pitt Ohio, are searching for last-mile delivery options as customer and consumer demand evolves.
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Acquisition spree continues despite downshift in container shipping bull run

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Feb 16, 2023, 10:26 AM EST

The container shipping industry’s profit margins are easing, but the appetite for acquisitions — from air cargo units to last-mile delivery logistics — isn’t letting up, writes Journal of Commerce Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
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Software woes force Houston to delay start date of long-dwell import fee

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Nov 30, 2022, 3:27 PM EST

The Port of Houston, citing technology problems, is postponing the start date of a new fee that would penalize shippers who don’t retrieve import containers after the allowable free time.
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FourKites jumps into final-mile, returns space with Narvar partnership

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 17, 2022, 8:30 AM EST

FourKites has partnered with e-commerce technology specialist Narvar to link predictive freight visibility with post-purchase solutions for retailers and brands aspiring to fulfill orders online.
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CMA CGM acquisition expands European last-mile delivery footprint

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jan 31, 2022, 11:26 AM EST

CMA CGM has increased its e-commerce capability in Europe with an acquisition that targets end-to-end control of goods within its network.
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JOC Rankings: COVID-19 drove revenue gains for air freight, final-mile providers in 2020

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Oct 22, 2021, 4:27 PM EDT

International air freight and last-mile delivery saw the fastest revenue growth in the transportation sector last year, while industrial transportation suffered.
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Convey acquisition enhances project44’s last-mile visibility

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Sep 21, 2021, 10:03 AM EDT

project44 continues its active 2021 with the $255 million acquisition of last-mile visibility platform Convey, the Chicago-based company’s largest purchase to date.
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Maersk driving last-mile delivery out of growing warehousing network

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Aug 13, 2021, 11:15 AM EDT

Maersk’s acquisition of Visible Supply Chain Management last week adds nine fulfillment centers to its distribution network, allowing it to reach 95 percent of the US direct-to-consumer market within 48 hours.
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New last-mile entrant to provide capacity ahead of holiday season

Cathy Morrow Roberson, JOC Analyst | Aug 12, 2021, 2:38 PM EDT

The FRONTdoor Collective will provide franchised last-mile options to providers, logistics providers, and shippers looking to expand or build out last-mile capabilities.
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Last-mile platform Bringg lands $100 million to expand via M&A

Cathy Morrow Roberson, JOC Analyst | Jun 16, 2021, 1:56 PM EDT

Retailers and logistics providers are utilizing technology offerings from such providers as Bringg to expand and manage last-mile delivery options.
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E-commerce growth boosting US last-mile funding, M&A

Cathy Morrow Roberson, JOC Analyst | Jun 2, 2021, 4:54 PM EDT

Supply chain optimization firms Locus and Shippo each received $50 million in new funding, while 3PL Redwood Logistics acquired two parcel companies and merged them into a new last-mile division.
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Forward Air expands final-mile reach in 14 markets

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Sep 16, 2020, 1:26 PM EDT

The acquisition of CLW Delivery gives expedited trucking operator Forward Air custom final-mile delivery services and new territory, as its LTL and final-mile businesses converge.
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Startup aims to bring final mile structure to Indian shippers

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 16, 2019, 4:58 PM EST

A four-year-old logistics technology platform founded in India sees itself as the digital connective thread between the country’s long-haul freight market and the disorganized urban delivery sector.
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