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.
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.
06 Apr 2022
The strong likelihood of continued growth in the reefer trade creates questions about supply meeting demand given recent world events and the potential upstream production dependencies linked to raw material sourcing.
05 Apr 2022
ONE is using Google Cloud to further its ability to automate back office and customer-facing solutions, a sign that the cloud infrastructure giant sees container shipping as a key vertical to target.
04 Apr 2022
Freight marketplace Emerge has designs on reshaping the truckload procurement space in North America, with an ambitious target of $20 billion in freight spend through its platform this year.
04 Apr 2022
Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) took advantage of 2021’s roaring rate environment to expand their net revenue, with rapid growth among the largest forwarders further compounded by merger and acquisition activity.
31 Mar 2022
Shippers are bidding for freight more frequently due to supply volatility, driving growth in European procurement startup Shipsta that has led to a new funding round from investors.
30 Mar 2022
Spot pricing highs for the eastbound trans-Pacific and truckload rates may be over, but so-called normalization is not around the corner.
30 Mar 2022
project44 is aiming to provide non-traditional customers, like small shippers, consultants, and financial institutions with a high-level port congestion dashboard.
29 Mar 2022
Greater network efficiency and profits will be priorities for new FedEx leadership as e-commerce reshapes global markets.
29 Mar 2022
Import volume from China has been increasing since late last year, and combined with the severely disrupted supply chains is leading to a deteriorating cargo storage situation across Europe.
24 Mar 2022
BlueX Trade is providing an extended credit product to small shippers and forwarders to help them manage working capital in the wake of historic ocean freight and ancillary fee costs.
22 Mar 2022
Already elevated fuel prices are increasing across freight transport modes in the wake of oil market volatility related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, shifting shippers' focus back to costs after two years in which speed of delivery has been paramount.
22 Mar 2022
Exporters struggle to get access to trade finance tools due to technology and regulatory limitations, a gap that startup provider Fishtail is aiming to fill with a new $4.5 million venture investment.
21 Mar 2022
Aircon, a technology provider aiming to bring a software-based co-loader approach to the air freight industry, has been backed by early-stage investors to drive planned aggregation of air cargo.
16 Mar 2022
German startup Flowfox is working with Kuehne + Nagel to pilot its platform that automates import clearance and container re-use at European ports with an eye toward global expansion of the solution.
15 Mar 2022
Payment technology options continue to grow for freight intermediaries, with Los Angeles-based Freightpay the latest to get funding to build its early-stage payment platform.
14 Mar 2022
Prompt, which works with many of the top 25 global forwarders to automate integrations and data entry, is breaking out of its stealth nature of operating with an expansion of systems into which it connects.
10 Mar 2022
Insurance technology provider Loadsure plans to use an $11 million funding round to expand in the US freight market and serve forwarders managing international shipments.
10 Mar 2022
DP World’s efforts to reach shippers directly through logistics and technology acquisitions is visible in the growth of its non-port-operating revenue last year.
09 Mar 2022
Lineage Logistics is acquiring MTC Logistics, a cold storage operator with warehouses at the ports of Baltimore, Wilmington, Delaware, and Mobile.
09 Mar 2022
The FMC has temporarily exempted Expeditors International from tariff filing obligations to allow the beleaguered forwarder to recover following a ransomware attack on its systems two weeks ago.
08 Mar 2022
A digitally oriented forwarder tied to the Bolloré Group has opened a North America office to tap into burgeoning US demand as the race to attract online-oriented shippers gathers steam.
07 Mar 2022
CMA CGM has followed the industry trend of reporting extreme profitability for 2021, dramatically paring down debt while making several billion-dollar acquisitions.
07 Mar 2022
Digital forwarder Forto has smashed through the $2 billion valuation barrier with a new round of funding that it will use to grow its presence in Europe and Asia.
04 Mar 2022
The Port of Oakland and the Northwest Seaport Alliance have lent support to a Long Beach initiative designed to capture and make available container milestone information.
04 Mar 2022
Speakers at TPM22 and TPM Tech made clear that although US import growth may have peaked last year, the resulting supply chain challenges aren’t letting up, and port congestion and disruption could bleed into 2023.