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.
05 Oct 2021
A Chicago-based trucking platform focused on cross-border freight has launched a contract board for small carriers to find repetitive, complementary loads from large shippers.
04 Oct 2021
SEKO’s takeover of Bansard is the latest in a string of high-profile acquisitions across the fragmented global logistics industry, where scalability offers a key competitive advantage.
30 Sep 2021
Logistics software vendor Cargobase has expanded its reach into the transportation management system market, driven by demand from its spot procurement technology customers.
30 Sep 2021
Transport associations, unions, and other industry groups have made an urgent call to the United Nations to lift restrictions that limit the cross-border movement of supply chain workers.
29 Sep 2021
A demurrage dispute between a New York customs broker and Mediterranean Shipping Co. unmasks the degree to which key communication of shipment milestones is overly reliant on email.
28 Sep 2021
Visibility provider FourKites has worked with consumer packaged goods customers to develop a way to connect orders to in-transit freight and yard data to improve supply chain planning.
27 Sep 2021
Consolidation on one end of the forwarding software market is creating openings on the other end, especially for systems that provide lightweight tools for small forwarders.
23 Sep 2021
Portchain has turned traction for its berth planning software into a cash injection intended to fuel its ability to help terminals better utilize resources as they grapple with port congestion.
22 Sep 2021
Transfix’s announcement that it is going public will serve as a comparison against incumbent brokers and a reference point for other digital brokers and technology providers with public aspirations.
22 Sep 2021
The largest US trucking company, FedEx Freight, is improving profits while handling more cargo, as sister division FedEx Ground deals with congestion blamed partly on labor shortages.
22 Sep 2021
Two cases before the Federal Maritime Commission will test the limits of the regulator’s interpretative rule on detention and demurrage penalties.
21 Sep 2021
As shippers increasingly turn to – or are forced to – the spot market for truck capacity, automation will identify opportunities to lower costs, according to C.H. Robinson Worldwide.
21 Sep 2021
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.
20 Sep 2021
Investors have backed technology provider Altana AI’s vision of building a map of trade network to underpin solutions for shippers, logistics providers, and customs agencies.
20 Sep 2021
NVOs controlled more than half of total eastbound trans-Pacific volume through the first eight months of 2021, indicating a shift toward reliance on spot rates in the midst of widespread vessel and equipment shortages stemming from a massive spike in consumer demand.
16 Sep 2021
A huge funding round for Utah-based digital customs technology provider Zonos shows that online cross-borders sellers new to international trade struggle to accurately calculate the cost of duties.
15 Sep 2021
A consortium of container industry heavyweights has enlisted three banks in Asia to advise it on development of trade finance solutions to tether shipping data to new financing opportunities.
15 Sep 2021
Private equity fund Bridgepoint has funneled capital into supply chain technology provider Blume Global, which has customers in nearly every segment of the global logistics industry.
14 Sep 2021
TrueCommerce’s acquisition of competitor DiCentral gives it a deeper roster of supplier and transportation partner connections for its now 18,000-strong customer base.
14 Sep 2021
Google Cloud is using project44 to boost the visibility prowess of its supply chain solutions, as cloud-hosting giants target the logistics industry.
13 Sep 2021
A new funding round into London-based forwarding automation specialist Vector.ai highlights the need for forwarders to offload administrative tasks to keep up with industry growth and complexity.
13 Sep 2021
Iowa-based CRST is installing a telematics-based fleet management system the truckload carrier claims will benefit both drivers and shippers seeking supply chain intelligence.
13 Sep 2021
Taking aim at a lack of proof-of-delivery certainty in global logistics, Clockwork Logistics Systems has received financial backing from a range of logistics-focused investors.
10 Sep 2021
The $1.3 billion acquisition of Echo Global Logistics by a private equity company will fuel an automation drive at the third-party logistics provider as shippers dealing with disruption demand more sophisticated technology.
10 Sep 2021
Container visibility data specialist Vizion’s latest funding round adds more fuel to a market searching for quality, real-time ocean freight milestone information to execution systems.
10 Sep 2021
Chemicals transportation and logistics specialist A&R Logistics is rebranding and reorganizing as Quantix, adding trucking assets to meet growing demand from shippers.
09 Sep 2021
Magaya’s acquisition of two forwarding technology providers lets customers manage instant quoting and customer service through a unified platform to compete with digital forwarders.
09 Sep 2021
In a finely-tuned transport machine that spans oceans and borders, introducing variability in any location ricochets down the supply chain, often getting amplified with every step.
08 Sep 2021
More funding has flowed into container visibility solutions to address a growing need for shippers and their logistics providers to predict where and when disruptions are likely to occur.
08 Sep 2021
As shippers and forwarders deal with limits on their ocean freight capacity allocations from carriers, software provider Slync.io has released a product that tethers booking activity to space allocations.
03 Sep 2021
Rather than adding terminals, XPO says it is deploying technology to better utilize existing space in its trailers and speed trucks, effectively expanding the capacity it can offer customers.
30 Aug 2021
Acquisitions and large funding rounds have catapulted standalone multimodal platforms to market-leading positions, but the growing list of global and domestic visibility providers signals ongoing demand for different approaches to freight visibility.
27 Aug 2021
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, the largest US logistics operator, said it will impose a drayage surcharge starting Sept. 1 and keep it in place “through the end of December” as disruption caused by port congestion spreads inland.
27 Aug 2021
Johnsonville Transport & Logistics, an arm of Wisconsin-based sausage giant Johnsonville, is looking to collaborate with its retail customers and other food shippers and carriers to solve truck capacity, delivery challenges.
26 Aug 2021
Rate increases on the Trans-Pacific vary because of what benchmarking platform Xeneta described as a “whole series of different markets” for different shippers.