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

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.
08 Jun 2022
Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen will hand over the reins to Amazon logistics vet Dave Clark, a move that shows the forwarder’s lure for heavyweight talent — and possibly an acknowledgement of slower-than-expected market share gains.
07 Jun 2022
Clothing imports rose in 2021, but shippers are struggling to get time-sensitive fashion items onto store shelves due to delays getting into US ports and inconsistent intermodal rail service.
06 Jun 2022
Maersk’s Performance Team subsidiary said it will open its fourth US cold-storage warehouse near the Port of New York and New Jersey as it seeks to add refrigerated cargo handling to its growing suite of integrated logistics services.
06 Jun 2022
Despite strong demand both in the US and overseas, actual US vehicle production and sales remain restrained by parts shortages that forced automakers to halt production several times in 2021.
03 Jun 2022
Gartner’s annual examination of the real-time visibility market changed little from 2021 to 2022, with the analyst identifying standalone visibility providers as continued leaders for the in-demand market.
03 Jun 2022
Agricultural shippers are bracing for another year of COVID-related disruptions that will add further costs and delays during the 2022–23 marketing season that begins in the fall.
02 Jun 2022
Persistent supply chain disruptions, along with a slight return to spending on entertainment outside of the home, contributed to a cooling of consumer demand for electronic devices in 2021.
01 Jun 2022
Cold chain market leader Lineage Logistics has continued its 2022 acquisition spree with the purchase of TMS provider Turvo, a move that furthers Lineage’s vertical integration ambitions.
01 Jun 2022
Logistics software provider Freightos is being taken public on the Nasdaq, a move that will be closely scrutinized by the founders and investors of growth-stage technology providers in the logistics industry.
01 Jun 2022
Customs software provider KlearNow has added a drayage service to its product in order to sync cargo availability to capacity from its network of dray providers.
01 Jun 2022
Despite double-digit percentage increases in exports of ferrous scrap, aluminum, and copper, the US saw an overall decline in US recyclables exports due to limited markets for paper waste.
27 May 2022
Freightos is targeting the payment space for air forwarders by tying an integrated payment tool between forwarders and cargo airlines to its WebCargo booking and rating software.
25 May 2022
Drayage technology rollup Envase has added GeoStamp, a GPS-based port and drayage visibility and analytics provider, to its roster of tools for port carriers and intermodal providers.
24 May 2022
Nowports has landed a cash infusion from logistics technology investor SoftBank to expand its reach in the LatAm market, as investment in the so-called digital forwarding model shows no signs of slowing.
24 May 2022
US chemical shippers saw a rare decline in export volumes during 2021 as the lack of railcars and the imports inundating ports.
23 May 2022
Technology provider Draying.io wants to use its experience in developing a transportation management tool for carriers to help shippers automate the sourcing and pricing of port moves.
20 May 2022
For some US retailers, inventories are too high, but others are steadily building stockpiles to mitigate supply chain risks ahead of the year-end holidays, keeping freight demand high.
20 May 2022
Like most importers, toy makers struggled to get the ocean vessel capacity they needed in 2021 while also dealing with multiple COVID-19 lockdowns in China, where 89.7 percent of all US toy imports are sourced.
19 May 2022
Software provider Everstream Analytics plans to use a new $24 million investment to expand the geographic reach of its suite of supply chain risk and network planning products.
19 May 2022
China continues to hold the largest share of US imports despite years of retaliatory tariffs and the ongoing efforts of US importers to diversify their sourcing to countries such as Vietnam, India, and Brazil.
17 May 2022
Hapag-Lloyd's sensor initiative is aimed at maximizing the use of its container fleet in an environment where global port congestion has reduced the number of turns each box makes on an annual basis.
17 May 2022
US importers of fresh produce have an increasing array of options for bringing in refrigerated containers as ports across the US Southeast and Gulf Coasts add more cold chain capacity.
16 May 2022
Keelvar has landed a $24 million funding round to build its US presence around the logistics procurement automation tools it provides to large shippers like Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Samsung.
11 May 2022
ShipBob and Flexport are connecting ocean freight with order fulfillment for China-origin goods sold by US merchants, as e-commerce tech providers help merchants rationalize ocean costs and transit times.
10 May 2022
Stord, which provides technology and supply chain services to shippers, has used expansion into transportation and fulfillment to attract capital that it sees as protection in a market where investment may be harder to capture.
10 May 2022
Retail giant Walmart has opened its newest import distribution center near the Port of Charleston, a move expected to increase the port’s already record cargo volumes.
10 May 2022
Maersk plans to open a distribution center in Toronto later this year as part of its ongoing strategy to become an end-to-end supply chain integrator and increase non-ocean revenue.
06 May 2022
The Global Shipping Business Network, a consortium building a global trade data exchange, has launched products that tether bill of lading information to title transfer and proof of shipment notices.
04 May 2022
Hapag-Lloyd’s investment in container tracking hardware has visibility providers hoping to capitalize on better container location data to feed to their shipper customers.
04 May 2022
The aftermath of February’s cyberattack has so far cost forwarder Expeditors International tens of millions of dollars, perhaps giving Blume Global some insight into what it faces after its own outage last week.
03 May 2022
In the first four months of 2022, fewer than half of ocean freight contracts signed across 13 major trade lanes have been annual in duration, as shippers try new procurement strategies to wade through constrained vessel capacity.
29 Apr 2022
Hapag-Lloyd's move to equip its entire box fleet with sensors could herald a new era that unlocks new tools beyond mere visibility for carriers, even if tracking devices aren’t a cure-all for shipper supply chain woes.
29 Apr 2022
Shipper demand for more integrated port-to-door logistics is driving development of new, denser distribution networks, with facilities popping up in previously overlooked locations, Ryder System said.
28 Apr 2022
E2open’s organic and acquisition-driven growth has it eyeing opportunities to expand revenue opportunities from existing customers, but its share price has been dragged down by public market unease.
27 Apr 2022
Rates and volumes may ease through the second half of the year, but there will be no relaxing of the disruptions faced by supply chains on the major trade lanes, says DSV.