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

27 Jun 2022
Northbound capacity from Brazil to the US is tight due to ongoing strength in US imports, a reality that has boosted freight rates and is likely to continue until at least the fourth quarter of 2022.
24 Jun 2022
European logistics company DB Schenker will offer US shippers a more integrated package of domestic and international services by adding truckload carrier USA Truck to its Land Transport division.
24 Jun 2022
Carriers are deploying extra capacity and launching new services to accommodate strong exports of produce and seafood from the west coast of South America to Asia and the Mediterranean.
23 Jun 2022
Freight procurement specialist Transporeon has added a freight matching component to its product suite to help brokers tender spot freight to carriers already in their network.
22 Jun 2022
Despite softening spot rates in some modes, overall supply chain costs are rising, with higher interest rates putting more pressure on inventories, according to the CSCMP State of Logistics report.
22 Jun 2022
US retailers’ stockpiling of inventory has not only swelled the number of import boxes sitting on marine terminals and railheads, it has also left thousands of chassis idled with unopened containers on top of them at distribution centers around the country.
21 Jun 2022
FourKites will get access to previously internal shipment data from FedEx to train its predictive visibility system as part of a new planning and problem resolution platform called FourKites X.
17 Jun 2022
Import automation provider Flowfox is working with some of the largest container lines and global forwarders to adapt its European container release product to US needs.
17 Jun 2022
C.H. Robinson Worldwide says the changing trucking market is driving up demand for automated spot pricing quotes by double-digit percentages.
16 Jun 2022
Recent layoffs and delayed public offerings in the logistics technology sector offer clues that economic uncertainty over the health of the freight market is mirrored in the software world.
15 Jun 2022
Paper and forest product exports continue to drop as exporters face delays both at home and abroad getting their goods to customers.
15 Jun 2022
Chain.io has landed an $11 million funding round to expand its basket of logistics-specific integrations to transportation management and operating systems used by forwarders and shippers.
14 Jun 2022
Sustained growth in new home construction and remodeling that drove seemingly insatiable consumer demand for household goods last year has continued in 2022.
13 Jun 2022
The outlook for project cargo demand is bright, but tight capacity, congestion, high costs, and low schedule reliability will likely persist in the breakbulk sector.
10 Jun 2022
A drayage technology provider in the ports of LA and Long Beach that has prioritized dual transactions for its driver network said it is seeing a majority of moves in 2022 involve coordinated empty container drop-offs and laden import pickups.
10 Jun 2022
Pall-Ex Group, a franchise network of more than 700 truckers hauling palletized freight across Europe, wants to set up shop in the US and is looking for a beachhead in the LTL market.
09 Jun 2022
Freight management software provider Cargobase is expanding into Mexico to tap into cross-border, near-shoring, and Latin American market opportunities for its procurement and execution tools.
08 Jun 2022
Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen will hand over the reins to Amazon logistics vet Dave Clark, a move that shows the forwarder’s lure for heavyweight talent — and possibly an acknowledgement of slower-than-expected market share gains.
07 Jun 2022
Clothing imports rose in 2021, but shippers are struggling to get time-sensitive fashion items onto store shelves due to delays getting into US ports and inconsistent intermodal rail service.
06 Jun 2022
Maersk’s Performance Team subsidiary said it will open its fourth US cold-storage warehouse near the Port of New York and New Jersey as it seeks to add refrigerated cargo handling to its growing suite of integrated logistics services.
06 Jun 2022
Despite strong demand both in the US and overseas, actual US vehicle production and sales remain restrained by parts shortages that forced automakers to halt production several times in 2021.
03 Jun 2022
Gartner’s annual examination of the real-time visibility market changed little from 2021 to 2022, with the analyst identifying standalone visibility providers as continued leaders for the in-demand market.
03 Jun 2022
Agricultural shippers are bracing for another year of COVID-related disruptions that will add further costs and delays during the 2022–23 marketing season that begins in the fall.
02 Jun 2022
Persistent supply chain disruptions, along with a slight return to spending on entertainment outside of the home, contributed to a cooling of consumer demand for electronic devices in 2021.
01 Jun 2022
Cold chain market leader Lineage Logistics has continued its 2022 acquisition spree with the purchase of TMS provider Turvo, a move that furthers Lineage’s vertical integration ambitions.
01 Jun 2022
Logistics software provider Freightos is being taken public on the Nasdaq, a move that will be closely scrutinized by the founders and investors of growth-stage technology providers in the logistics industry.
01 Jun 2022
Customs software provider KlearNow has added a drayage service to its product in order to sync cargo availability to capacity from its network of dray providers.
01 Jun 2022
Despite double-digit percentage increases in exports of ferrous scrap, aluminum, and copper, the US saw an overall decline in US recyclables exports due to limited markets for paper waste.
27 May 2022
Freightos is targeting the payment space for air forwarders by tying an integrated payment tool between forwarders and cargo airlines to its WebCargo booking and rating software.
25 May 2022
Drayage technology rollup Envase has added GeoStamp, a GPS-based port and drayage visibility and analytics provider, to its roster of tools for port carriers and intermodal providers.
24 May 2022
Nowports has landed a cash infusion from logistics technology investor SoftBank to expand its reach in the LatAm market, as investment in the so-called digital forwarding model shows no signs of slowing.
24 May 2022
US chemical shippers saw a rare decline in export volumes during 2021 as the lack of railcars and the imports inundating ports.
23 May 2022
Technology provider Draying.io wants to use its experience in developing a transportation management tool for carriers to help shippers automate the sourcing and pricing of port moves.
20 May 2022
For some US retailers, inventories are too high, but others are steadily building stockpiles to mitigate supply chain risks ahead of the year-end holidays, keeping freight demand high.
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.