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

17 Nov 2022
To the extent freight market participants have greater exposure to key industrial markets than consumer markets, current data is not pointing towards sharp downturns in freight demand, at least not yet, writes JOC analyst Jason Miller.
16 Nov 2022
Data from visibility provider Portcast shows US exporters struggle to manage changes to early return dates as well as variances in ERD data formats from different terminals.
15 Nov 2022
PayCargo has extended its reach into the forwarding industry via an integration with software vendor Raft that minimizes PayCargo’s need to directly connect with CargoWise.
15 Nov 2022
Greenscreens.ai has seen its roster of truckload broker customers grow to 70 this year, with previous investor Tiger Global putting another $5 million in the Florida-based software vendor.
14 Nov 2022
Two years of pandemic-related oil and gas project delays and cutbacks in global supply due to the Russia-Ukraine war are driving demand for project logistics services in the short and long term.
08 Nov 2022
CEO Jeffrey Musser said shippers are still sitting on high inventories and so are pulling back on orders after front-loading their shipments from overseas earlier this year.
08 Nov 2022
US transportation companies with cash on hand are acquiring asset-based truckers and non-asset freight brokers alike to add services and shipper customers and build network density.
03 Nov 2022
Two of the United States’ biggest logistics providers say they are focused on controlling costs amid growing concern about the direction of the US economy.
03 Nov 2022
The acquisition of Fastmore Logistics will give Echo Global Logistics more access to international freight forwarders, linking domestic and international cargo networks.
02 Nov 2022
WiseTech Global has resumed its acquisitive ways with the purchase of Shipamax, a UK-based logistics data extraction software vendor.
02 Nov 2022
Shippers affected by the closure of a free less-than-truckload transportation management system in October have been given a pathway to migrate to another system connected to 15 LTL carriers.
01 Nov 2022
The truckload market is still searching for a single platform that aggregates shipper loads and carrier capacity, a role that investors are backing Chicago-based Newtrul to eventually fill.
01 Nov 2022
The Gulf Coast ports of Houston and Mobile are the fastest and third-fastest growing gateways for US imports of Asian goods as shippers look to diversify away from the West Coast, regardless of the outcome of longshore labor talks.
27 Oct 2022
The severe space constraints that drove container shipping rates to record levels over the past two years are over, easing shippers' reliance on long-term fixed rates.
27 Oct 2022
A Geodis initiative around automating service requests from shippers is an example of growing consumption of robotic process automation in the third-party logistics industry.
25 Oct 2022
A funding round into Shippeo shows that demand for visibility and fragmentation of the market continue to grow despite a slowing venture capital environment.
25 Oct 2022
Volume and rates fell through the third quarter, but not enough to slow the highly elevated earnings reported by two of the world’s largest forwarders.
21 Oct 2022
The industrial warehouse market in the US has enough supply to last through the next year, but logistics developer Prologis cautions there could be an emerging gap in capacity starting as soon as late next year.
19 Oct 2022
It was the “year of the ocean carrier” as liner operators saw 2021 revenue results that were more than double those of other top 50 transportation providers.
18 Oct 2022
Embattled software provider Slync.io has turned to GT Nexus co-founder John Urban in a bid to resurrect its fortunes following the ousting of former CEO Chris Kirchner.
13 Oct 2022
A weakening freight market and growing investor unease with holding companies designed to take early stage companies public have led Transfix to put a public listing on ice.
13 Oct 2022
project44 and the Global Shipping Business Network are working together to tie cargo tracking and bill of lading data to unearth trade finance opportunities in Asia.
12 Oct 2022
Lineage Logistics’ new business line and planned facility in Savannah builds on recent acquisitions the company has made amid an uptick in reefer storage demand.
12 Oct 2022
Software vendor Portchain will help a DP World-operated terminal in the Port of Antwerp to automate communication from shipping lines to better coordinate berth plans, the companies said Wednesday.
11 Oct 2022
US shippers should expect more international acquisitions of domestic US trucking operations as logistics companies work to provide more end-to-end services and visibility.
10 Oct 2022
Shippers need to rethink the entire truckload procurement process, not just use technology that marginally decreases costs by relying too much on predictive pricing, according to a trio of procurement technology experts.
06 Oct 2022
Supplier risk is becoming a bigger hurdle for shippers, notably around forced labor regulations, prompting venture capital firms to plunge $100 million into technology provider Altana.
05 Oct 2022
Overhaul has joined a growing group of visibility providers aiming to connect real-time shipment data to cargo insurance solutions.
05 Oct 2022
The less-than-truckload industry is reaching its technology inflection point, which it will need to capture rising demand from shippers seeking operators that are easy to do business with.
03 Oct 2022
US cold-chain cargoes fell more than 20 percent through May as the combination of high freight rates, poor reliability of ocean carrier service, and lack of equipment took a toll on foodstuff freight.
30 Sep 2022
Despite predictions that the US economy is headed for a recession, warehousing demand keeps mounting as different streams of goods fill available space, experts told the JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
30 Sep 2022
A trio of technology providers want to give shippers the ability to tie sensor-based container data to in-transit cargo insurance decisions.
29 Sep 2022
A consortium of liner carriers and terminals aiming to speed the sharing of shipment data with banks believes it can overcome a chronic consent hurdle in the process.
29 Sep 2022
Tive has been piloting its new pharma product, which meets a variety of requirements around data security and storage, with 34 companies over the past two months.
28 Sep 2022
In a Q&A with JOC.com, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and energy expert Daniel Yergin talks about the heightened sensitivity around US-China relations, the war in Ukraine, and what the current oil market means for the energy transition.
27 Sep 2022
Shippers are seeking unified data across the modes they use, something that has prompted project44 to integrate data into a single platform it released Tuesday.