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

16 Aug 2022
Inventory buildup and changing inland distribution routes are setting a fire under construction of new logistics and distribution facilities in markets across the US, despite economic concerns.
12 May 2021
Transportation and warehousing firms losing employees may be competing more often with contractor-based gig economy businesses; trucking, however, is expanding its payroll.
11 May 2021
An integration with transportation software provider MercuryGate connects Trucker Tools to broker users, but also gives it a more direct link to shippers.
11 May 2021
The list of container lines able to quote rates and accept bookings through their websites has expanded over the past year, with Singapore-based Ocean Network Express now giving shippers and forwarders such tools.
10 May 2021
While OEM suppliers and their transportation providers should expect down lines and slower production to weigh on growth, auto aftermarket suppliers are expecting the opposite. 
10 May 2021
The importance of integrating rate management capability into a forwarder operating system has driven Descartes to acquire German software maker Portrix, the third such acquisition by a widely used forwarding system in recent years.
07 May 2021
BluJay Solutions’ acquisition of a rail transportation management software provider rounds out its solutions for shippers that struggle with coordinating rail shipments with movements in other surface transportation modes.
06 May 2021
Perishable shippers seeking to wean themselves off a reliance on brokers have a new venture-backed platform that connects them directly with a network of pre-vetted reefer carriers.
06 May 2021
As shippers wrestle with atypical constraints on labor and heightened distribution performance demands, venture capital firms have backed warehouse analytics software vendor CognitOps to help them connect disparate systems.
04 May 2021
A partnership between AscendTMS and uShip to combine instant LTL capacity with truckload capacity is designed to enable shippers that typically struggle to secure space from LTL regional and national carriers.
30 Apr 2021
project44’s expansion into Asia and a new partnership with a risk management platform signify its aims to augment the number of use cases for transportation visibility.
29 Apr 2021
Drewry is partnering with procurement software vendor Freightender to reinvigorate its procurement services product for shippers in an ocean freight market beset by rapidly changing pricing dynamics.
28 Apr 2021
Freight broker and forwarder C.H. Robinson is growing LTL volume "faster than the marketplace” as US shippers scramble to find available capacity for shipments.
28 Apr 2021
The rise of Amazon, Flexport, and other digitally native logistics providers has forced midmarket and enterprise forwarders to upgrade their visibility, analytics, and user interface tools, a mandate Logixboard has oriented its software around.
28 Apr 2021
Mediterranean Shipping Co. piloted an electronic bill of lading with 100 customers, leading to its rollout of a digital BL product designed to increase accuracy and security of the crucial shipping document.
27 Apr 2021
Seattle-based FlavorCloud is designed to enable small e-commerce brands to more easily and profitably sell goods to international consumers through discounted parcel rates and automated customs applications.
27 Apr 2021
DSV continued its growth-by-acquisition strategy with the takeover of Agility’s logistics division that will increase its annual revenue by almost 25 percent.
26 Apr 2021
Limited capacity and strong demand on air and ocean trades out of Asia allowed Kuehne + Nagel to build a solid first quarter.
23 Apr 2021
Third-party logistics and software firms such as C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Blume Global are broadening the use of technology to drive emissions out of supply chains, increasingly for smaller customers as well as global corporations.
23 Apr 2021
Panasonic’s acquisition of widely used supply chain solutions provider Blue Yonder will give the software company broader reach into Asia and connected device data.
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.