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

05 Jul 2022
Forwarding software provider WiseTech Global has waded into the fragmented electronic bill of lading space with the purchase of Bolero, an early provider of trade finance and electronic documentation tools.
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.
27 Apr 2022
More than 40 percent of drivers at small truckload carriers surveyed by technology provider SmartHop have entered the industry over the past two years, but many are considering moving to larger carriers for stability.
26 Apr 2022
Disruption from COVID lockdowns in China may worsen once those restrictions are lifted and a fresh wave of containers heads for US ports, S&P Global economist Patrick Newport warned Tuesday.
26 Apr 2022
A new office near Washington, DC, is intended to help the CMA CGM–backed startup accelerator ZEBOX attract technology that can help its corporate partners in North America advance their digital logistics initiatives.
26 Apr 2022
Kuehne + Nagel reported solid-first quarter results, but its outlook for the rest of the year remains muddied with no end to COVID-19 controls in China, deteriorating global supply chains, and consumer demand uncertainty.
26 Apr 2022
Hapag-Lloyd is betting customers will eventually demand that all its containers be trackable by sensors, leading it to commit to equipping its fleet of 3 million dry boxes starting next year.
22 Apr 2022
Importers wanting to avoid duties on low-value shipments can use Canada as a waypoint through a new program between North American fulfillment provider ShipHero and a Canadian customs broker.
21 Apr 2022
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20 Apr 2022
Procurement automation is already changing the nature of how shippers buy capacity from carriers and intermediaries, an evolution that will accelerate in the years ahead as humans adapt to the technology.
20 Apr 2022
New research from Freightos finds ocean carriers improved their electronic tools over the past three years and want to move rate and booking activity through their own online channels.
19 Apr 2022
Toymaker Hasbro is one of many shippers shifting imports to the first half of the year to avoid potential supply chain disruption and stockouts this summer and fall.
14 Apr 2022
Two members of the Federal Maritime Commission say ocean carriers need to tread lightly when assessing per diem container fees that are related to the cyber-attack on forwarder Expeditors.
13 Apr 2022
Lineage’s latest acquisition expands the global food chain logistics company’s reach across Canada.
11 Apr 2022
Shipment tracking device maker Tive has landed a $54 million cash infusion to build its global footprint and target more categories of shippers with location and condition monitoring solutions.
08 Apr 2022
CMA CGM has made another major acquisition, bringing Europe’s main automotive logistics service provider under the wing of CEVA Logistics.
08 Apr 2022
The shift of containerized freight from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast and Southeast is absorbing truck capacity in those regions and pushing up spot rates, including rates from Houston to California.
07 Apr 2022
Forwarding software provider Magaya is wading into the less-than-truckload technology market with an automated pricing tool meant to help its customers quote faster to shippers.
06 Apr 2022
Fresh off a seed funding round in February, truckload pricing intelligence provider Greenscreens.ai has built connectivity with procurement technology partners FreightFriend and 3Gtms.