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

16 Aug 2022
Inventory buildup and changing inland distribution routes are setting a fire under construction of new logistics and distribution facilities in markets across the US, despite economic concerns.
25 Mar 2021
Kerry Logistics will sign warehouse management agreements with each of the nine individual warehouse companies it is selling to current parent company Kerry Holdings; the facilities are located in some of the prime industrial areas of Hong Kong.
25 Mar 2021
Shippers’ disinclination to replace too much of their logistics systems infrastructure at any one time to avoid disruption runs counter to the theoretical idea that the market requires more functionality on fewer systems.
24 Mar 2021
San Francisco-based Baton, the developer of a software-based drop-zone model linking truckload with final-mile in Los Angeles, has landed a $10.5 million funding round to expand the concept into other North American cities.
24 Mar 2021
FourKites has landed a $100 million funding round, led by industrial investors, to use visibility data to drive strategic supply chain insights by linking hardware and software-derived data.
23 Mar 2021
With the global supply chain in knots, retailers are struggling to match inventory to customer demand, resulting in missed sales opportunities.
23 Mar 2021
Rapid e-commerce delivery requirements, as well as capacity shortages and equipment imbalances, are spurring the growth of transloading near US seaports, speakers at TPM21 said.
23 Mar 2021
A veteran of freight broker GlobalTranz has landed an $8 million funding round to enhance a multi-carrier marketplace and transportation management system for less-than-truckload shippers.
23 Mar 2021
Voyager and GSA create “line of sight” visibility tool for managing ocean transport for project cargo shippers.
22 Mar 2021
SAP’s transportation management integration with Sedna, which helps companies reduce their volume of emails, is a further sign of software partnerships blossoming in logistics and addressing a need to make inter- and intra-company communication more efficient.
22 Mar 2021
Maersk has significantly beefed up its container fleet in India by repositioning as many available empty containers as possible, noting it added approximately 100,000 TEU of empties in the fourth quarter of 2020.
19 Mar 2021
Decarbonization goals at global shippers is pushing the industry toward more granular scrutiny of supply chain-related emissions, a task that’s being helped by emergent technology and a focus on shipper collaboration.
18 Mar 2021
The consensus among shippers, forwarders, and carriers is that strong consumer demand in North America will continue through the second quarter and into the traditional peak season.
18 Mar 2021
Vessel call and berth optimization software provider Portchain has added to its roster of carrier and port clients with the addition of the terminal operator at two container terminals in St. Petersburg.
17 Mar 2021
With summer seasonal imports from China to the US starting to ramp up, the US Department of Transportation is being urged to help shippers struggling with bottlenecks and costs.
17 Mar 2021
A partnership between TMS provider SupplyStack and visibility company project44 is emblematic of a growing need for European shippers to embed visibility into their shipment management workflow.
16 Mar 2021
Modal-switching technology tested by MIT and broker GlobalTranz is showing that shippers can save costs by grouping less-than-truckload linehaul freight to multi-stop truckloads.
16 Mar 2021
A $31 million investment into Los Angeles-based technology provider Flowspace is the latest example of e-commerce growth whipping up investor interest in new warehousing and fulfillment models.
15 Mar 2021
Agriculture shippers have an opportunity to tap the growing market for high-value US crops and produce, but equipment shortages hinder that, a USDA report said.
12 Mar 2021
Shippers are increasingly able to gain visibility into in-transit freight, even for time- and/or temperature--sensitive cargo being carried in specialized refrigerated containers, courtesy of new technology.
09 Mar 2021
The DHL group has much of its business focused on a segment of the market that has enjoyed explosive growth through the COVID-19 pandemic.
09 Mar 2021
Maersk’s small shipper offering Twill and logistics software provider Freightos are testing a new workflow that will for the first time redirect shippers from the Freightos rate marketplace to a service provider’s shipment management platform.
08 Mar 2021
Two new funds have emerged targeting investment in logistics and supply chain startups, increasing the number of vehicles for early stage technology companies to get access to capital.
05 Mar 2021
US imports are expected to remain high through most of 2021, which is leading some retailers such as Dollar Tree to forecast additional shipping costs for the year.
05 Mar 2021
Sustained strong import volumes from Asia and tight capacity have forced perishable food importers and exporters to compete with dry goods shippers for space and equipment.
04 Mar 2021
The digitization of truck manufacturing will directly benefit shippers by creating more capacity and making more capacity readily available, a study by IBM suggests.
04 Mar 2021
Too often procurement “activity” at a company is episodic and rarely strategic, and this is particularly true in the transportation category.
04 Mar 2021
The race for multimodal visibility is heating up as project44, fresh off a $100 million funding round, acquires container visibility specialist Ocean Insights for an undisclosed amount.
03 Mar 2021
Kuehne + Nagel turned around a weak first half of 2020 when the pandemic slashed demand, building back its business with air cargo profitability leading the way.
02 Mar 2021
Sustained demand will keep volume high deep into 2021 and fill all available ocean capacity, so delaying contract talks with carriers could leave shippers stuck on the volatile spot markets.
02 Mar 2021
Global supply chains are remarkably resilient on a day-to-day basis, but where the problem lies is in the ability to handle larger systemic risks brought on by broad, unexpected events.
01 Mar 2021
Backups at US ports will diminish gradually over several months only as COVID-19 vaccines are distributed and infection rates slow, IHS Markit’s chief economist told JOC’s virtual TPM21.
01 Mar 2021
Descartes has acquired foreign trade zone software specialist QuestaWeb as the global trade management solutions market continues to consolidate.
01 Mar 2021
A panelist at JOC’s virtual TPM21 suggested that tasks traditionally offshored to save money, such as invoicing, invoice management, and documentation, could be automated for additional savings.
26 Feb 2021
Container freight rates from Asia to South America have come down from record highs but are unlikely to fall any further due to sustained demand that has crimped capacity and container supply.
24 Feb 2021
The case for container lines to invest in sensor hardware to provide visibility to shippers has been made easier by a profitable 2020 and a greater need to track scarce container assets.