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

22 Sep 2022
The growing popularity of “China-plus-one” sourcing strategies is working to India’s benefit, sending trade between the US and India to record highs as shippers seek to diversify their supply chains.
22 Apr 2021
A lack of teeth in the offline freight contracting process has led to chronic capacity availability problems, but freight marketplaces see a path to use buyer-seller rules to redraw the terms of engagement.
22 Apr 2021
Retail brands are turning to niche logistics providers to help them fulfill growing direct-to-consumer sales both in their own stores and via online channels.
21 Apr 2021
In its drive to be more than a port terminal operator, DP World is spearheading a program that gives traders in “south–south” lanes between emerging markets logistics benefits for routing trade through Dubai’s airport and seaport.
20 Apr 2021
PAXAFE, which focuses on reducing cargo underwriting risk through visibility hardware and software, has nabbed funding to build traction in high-risk freight verticals.
16 Apr 2021
Chain.io, which provides logistics companies and shippers with a cloud-based integration platform to better connect the myriad systems they use, has raised $5 million to broaden its reach.
15 Apr 2021
Torch Logistics will use $3.5 million in seed funding to expand its short-haul truckload brokerage to capitalize on e-commerce demand.
13 Apr 2021
Invoice automation provider OpenEnvoy has translated early traction in the logistics industry into a sizable seed round intended to help it scale quickly.
13 Apr 2021
Factoring solutions provider and lender eCapital saw an uptick in revenue in 2020 and is now merging its acquisitions under a single brand as it sees consolidation taking root in the logistics financial services space.
09 Apr 2021
FreightMango, led in North America by a veteran of Cargomatic, is looking to differentiate itself in a growing field of forwarding services marketplaces by helping shippers vet and select providers.
09 Apr 2021
Digital marketplace Convoy is warning US shippers and trucking companies of the risks from what may be the sixth straight year of above-average hurricanes and storms.
09 Apr 2021
Maersk is furthering its ambitions to get closer to its shipper customers with a new fourth-party logistics aimed at large cargo owners that struggle to tie together data around demand, inventory, and cargo flow.
07 Apr 2021
Funding for cross-border technology startup Nuvocargo continues a trend of investment into companies targeting the disjointed processes associated with US-Mexico logistics and transportation.
07 Apr 2021
The real-time freight visibility market continues to push into the world of ocean freight, with FourKites, fresh off a $100 million funding round, acquiring global transportation management provider Haven on Wednesday.
07 Apr 2021
Five of the largest global container lines are adopting the Digital Container Shipping Association’s track-and-trace standards, a sign that carriers are starting to recognize that shippers’ need for standardization outweighs their desire to keep systems proprietary.
05 Apr 2021
Third-party logistics industry had a banner 2020, with double-digit revenue growth, according to SJ Consulting.
29 Mar 2021
Blume Global is hoping a new product emphasizing its utility as a supply chain planning tool will help it to break out of a crowded field of supply chain visibility providers.
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.