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.
15 Mar 2021
Agriculture shippers have an opportunity to tap the growing market for high-value US crops and produce, but equipment shortages hinder that, a USDA report said.
12 Mar 2021
Shippers are increasingly able to gain visibility into in-transit freight, even for time- and/or temperature--sensitive cargo being carried in specialized refrigerated containers, courtesy of new technology.
09 Mar 2021
The DHL group has much of its business focused on a segment of the market that has enjoyed explosive growth through the COVID-19 pandemic.
09 Mar 2021
Maersk’s small shipper offering Twill and logistics software provider Freightos are testing a new workflow that will for the first time redirect shippers from the Freightos rate marketplace to a service provider’s shipment management platform.
08 Mar 2021
Two new funds have emerged targeting investment in logistics and supply chain startups, increasing the number of vehicles for early stage technology companies to get access to capital.
05 Mar 2021
US imports are expected to remain high through most of 2021, which is leading some retailers such as Dollar Tree to forecast additional shipping costs for the year.
05 Mar 2021
Sustained strong import volumes from Asia and tight capacity have forced perishable food importers and exporters to compete with dry goods shippers for space and equipment.
04 Mar 2021
The digitization of truck manufacturing will directly benefit shippers by creating more capacity and making more capacity readily available, a study by IBM suggests.
04 Mar 2021
Too often procurement “activity” at a company is episodic and rarely strategic, and this is particularly true in the transportation category.
04 Mar 2021
The race for multimodal visibility is heating up as project44, fresh off a $100 million funding round, acquires container visibility specialist Ocean Insights for an undisclosed amount.
03 Mar 2021
Kuehne + Nagel turned around a weak first half of 2020 when the pandemic slashed demand, building back its business with air cargo profitability leading the way.
02 Mar 2021
Sustained demand will keep volume high deep into 2021 and fill all available ocean capacity, so delaying contract talks with carriers could leave shippers stuck on the volatile spot markets.
02 Mar 2021
Global supply chains are remarkably resilient on a day-to-day basis, but where the problem lies is in the ability to handle larger systemic risks brought on by broad, unexpected events.
01 Mar 2021
Backups at US ports will diminish gradually over several months only as COVID-19 vaccines are distributed and infection rates slow, IHS Markit’s chief economist told JOC’s virtual TPM21.
01 Mar 2021
Descartes has acquired foreign trade zone software specialist QuestaWeb as the global trade management solutions market continues to consolidate.
01 Mar 2021
A panelist at JOC’s virtual TPM21 suggested that tasks traditionally offshored to save money, such as invoicing, invoice management, and documentation, could be automated for additional savings.
26 Feb 2021
Container freight rates from Asia to South America have come down from record highs but are unlikely to fall any further due to sustained demand that has crimped capacity and container supply.
24 Feb 2021
The case for container lines to invest in sensor hardware to provide visibility to shippers has been made easier by a profitable 2020 and a greater need to track scarce container assets.
23 Feb 2021
US seafood exporters are among the hardest hit by stricter COVID-19 testing requirements in China that some shippers have decried as non-tariff trade barriers.
22 Feb 2021
A global scarcity of containers could push cargo owners to invest in so-called shipper-owned containers, but the majority of forwarders surveyed by container selling and leasing platform Container xChange weren’t able to supply such a service.
22 Feb 2021
Financial services group ODDO has invested in shipment management software provider BuyCo as part of a broader aim to tether logistics data to new trade finance products intended to provide an alternative to letters of credit.
19 Feb 2021
The head of Maersk’s venture capital arm, and his counterpart on the business side of the container line, are starting a new independent fund to invest in later stage supply chain and logistics startups.
18 Feb 2021
Relay Payments is expanding its "lumper payment" platform, allowing truck carriers and brokers to automate the settlement of cargo unloading fees to receiving facilities.
18 Feb 2021
The need to handle rising LCL and air freight volume within its network is behind the acquisition by Rhenus of a rival’s forwarding business in Germany.
17 Feb 2021
Texas is the epicenter of supply-chain damage caused by Winter Storm Uri, but the disruption is being felt nationwide. Mexican imports by truck may be delayed for days.
17 Feb 2021
A trade finance startup this week got $7.8 million venture capital investment to arm exporters and logistics providers in Mexico with access to working capital.
17 Feb 2021
The field to supply the shipping industry with container level visibility is getting more crowded, with Bay Area-based Vizion API getting seed funding to build more complete container status data.
16 Feb 2021
Cross-border carriers lack a load board analogous to the widely-used tools available to drivers on US domestic moves, something the broker and technology provider Forager is attempting to address.
16 Feb 2021
A growing gap between inventory and sales in many US business sectors is projected to drive replenishment, expedited shipping, and high levels of imports for months to come.
16 Feb 2021
Flexport has developed its own spin on an age-old forwarding solution, the purchase order management system, by focusing on messaging between importers and suppliers.
15 Feb 2021
DSV said it is becoming a sustainability consultant for shippers as it put forth carbon reduction goals last week that govern both emissions it controls and those it doesn’t.
12 Feb 2021
RIM Logistics turned to an early stage forwarding software provider to help it migrate internal data into customer dashboards so it could avoid losing business to forwarders with intuitive user interfaces
12 Feb 2021
Forwarders are viewing traditional backbone operating systems not as a one-stop technology shop, but rather as a vehicle to attach complementary tools that help them serve shipper customers better.
10 Feb 2021
SF Holdings’ acquisition of Hong Kong-based forwarder Kerry Logistics is a move by SF to expand its international presence.
10 Feb 2021
Instant freight quoting is becoming a divided market, with one end focused on large shippers and the other on small and medium-sized businesses, according to Freightos’ annual State of Online Freight Sales survey.