The Top 25 Global Logistics Providers

A rundown of the top performing logistics providers across the world

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In a world where manufacturers are outputting more goods than ever, it is essential that the third party logistics firms that they outsource to are reliable and dependable sources of supply. Based on the SJ Consulting's. list of the top leaders in the logistics sector, Pharma Logistics IQ takes a look at the top 25...

  1. DHL Logistics
    Revenue: $30.7 billion
    Growth: 5.5%

    The biggest third-party logistics firm in the world is DHL, operating in 220 countries, and having more than 275,000 employees around the globe. Based in Germany, the company was founded in San Francisco more than 40 years ago, the firm reported revenue of $30.7 billion in 2017, and carried almost two and a half million tons of airfreight.

  2. Kuehne + Nagel
    Revenue: $22.5 billion
    Growth: 11.3%

    One of the oldest firms on the list, Kuehne + Nagel was formed as early as 1890 in Germany. It generated some $22.5 billion in revenue in 2017. The firm says that it is the number one provider of sea freight in the world, and it carries out its operation in more than 100 countries, with 63,000 people on its books worldwide.

  3. DB Schenker Logistics
    Revenue: $17.7 billion
    Growth: 10%

    DB Schenker Logistics employs some 62,200 people at over 1,000 locations worldwide and brought in some $17.7 billion in revenue throughout 2017. It is especially prevalent inland logistics around Europe, particularly by road and rail. The company has soared in recent years thanks to its purchasing of BAX in 2006, Spain-Tar in 2007 and Rostrums in 2008. 

  4. Nippon Express
    $14.3 billion

    Operating by air and sea, Nippon Express is a company that works out of Japan, with its yearly revenue amounting to $14.3 billion in 2017. The firm has had its foundations in Japan since 1972 with Riku-un Moto Kaisha. Its operation employs more than 36,000 workers worldwide, making the company one of the biggest employers on the list.

  5. C.H. Robinson Worldwide
    Country: USA
    Revenue: $13.5 billion
    Growth: 15%

    Providing a service to more than 37,000 customers, C.H. Robinson is another old hat in the industry, with its foundation in 1905. It brought in revenues of $13.5 billion throughout 2017 and prides itself as one of the most sustainable logistics firms through a number of measures. 

  6. DSV
    Revenue: $11.3 billion
    Growth: 12%

    Operating by road, sea and air, DSV brought in revenue of $11.3 billion throughout 2071. The company operates more than 73,000 vans to aid efficiency for its customers, as well as having moved over 260,000 tons of air freight throughout 2017.

  7. XPO Logistics
    Revenue: $10 billion
    Growth: 10%

    Revenues of $10 billion saw XPO Logistics hit the top 10 on the list. The company was formed in 1989 as Express-1 Expedited Solutions and was purchased by Bradley solutions in 2011 which proved to be one of the biggest moments in its history, as it changed its name to XPO and began purchasing other logistics solutions. 

  8. UPS Supply Chain Solutions
    : USA
    Revenue: $7.9 billion
    Growth: 17%

    Perhaps one of the best-known companies in the supply chain, UPS saw revenues of $7.9 billion throughout 2017. The business was founded in 1907, and joins the list of the oldest firms, as well as the top ten in terms of revenue. It carried 862,000 tons of air freight in 2017.

  9. CEVA Logistics
    : Netherlands 
    Revenue: $6.9 billion 
    Growth: 5.2%

    When TNT Logistics and EGL came together in 2007, it was always going to create a large company that was competitive in the industry. Despite its short history, CEVA Logistics brought in $6.9 billion in revenue in 2017.

  10. Expeditors International
    : USA
    Revenue: $6.9 billion
    Growth: 13%

    With its slogan "You'd be surprised how far we'll go for you," Expeditors helped bring in revenue of $6.9 billion throughout 2017. It operates in 250 locations across six continents and was founded on Lantau Island in July 1981.

  11. JB Hunt
    Country: USA
    Revenue: $6.8 billion
    Growth: 10%

    This North American company prides itself on serving a number of Fortune 500 manufacturers. Formed in Arkansas in 1960, it is now one of the biggest firms on the list, and it brought in an impressive level of revenue amounting to $6.8 billion throughout 2017. 

  12. Dachser
    Revenue: $6.8 billion
    Growth: 8.1%

    Formed in Germany in 1930 by Thomas Dachser, this firm has since seen itself branch out and grow to the likes of the UK and India. Its revenue of £6.8 billion was helped in particular by the fact that it was moving 49.3 million shipments throughout more than 300 worldwide locations in 2017.

  13. Sinotrans 
    Country: China
    Revenue: $6.2 billion
    Growth: 26%

    The highest ranked Chinese firm on the list is Sinotrans, a company which operated with a revenue of $6.2 billion throughout 2017. The business was formed in 1950, and it functions as one of the largest ship container logistics firms in the world.

  14. SNCF Geodis 
    Revenue: $5.7 billion 
    Growth: 3.8% 

    The French company SNCF Geodis has been aided in recent years by its purchase of a number of different smaller firms such as One Source Logistics in June 2011, and Pharmalog and GLS France later in the year. Much of its growth has come since 2010, and its annual revenue was $5.7 billion in 2017.

  15. Panalpina 
    Country: Switzerland 
    Revenue: $5.6 billion
    Growth: 6.6%

    Despite being smaller than many of its competitors, Panalpina is a strong challenger in the market. Operating in 80 countries around the world in the air and via rail, the company has more than 15,000 employees and saw revenue of $5.6 billion throughout the year gone by.

  16. Kintetsu World Express 
    Country: Japan
    Revenue: $4.7 billion
    Growth: 8.8%

    Kintetsu is Japan's largest company with regards to the supply chain, and it made $4.7 billion in revenue throughout 2017. The firm has around 9,671 employees, and it provides foreign air and ocean transport of goods, as well as trucking options for manufacturers.

  17. Gefco
    Country: France
    Revenue: $4.9 billion
    Growth: - 3.9%

    Gefco is owned by PSA Peugeot Citroen, Gefco operates along 400 international routes and made $4.9 billion throughout 2017. Each year, the company ships more than 28 million tons of freight and four million cars. 

  18. Yusen Logistics
    Country: Japan
    Revenue: $4.1 billion
    Growth: 4.1%
    With over 20,000 employees and 475 offices, Yusen Logistics is one of the oldest and largest shipping companies in the world. The company has its headquarters in Tokyo and maintains a fleet of around 800 ships that operate worldwide.
  19. Rhenus 
    Country: Germany
    Revenue: $4.0 billion
    Growth: 6.4%

    Formed in Germany in 1912, Rhenus now operates in more than 290 locations around the globe and has over 18,000 people in its employment. Its revenue streams throughout 2017 in its logistics business saw it bring in $4.0 billion to challenge the firms above it. 

  20. Hub Group 
    Country: USA
    Revenue: $4.0 billion
    Growth: 12%

    Hub Group, a firm that was founded in 1971 in Chicago. It has since gone on to bring in a yearly revenue of $4.0 billion in 2017. The company claims to offer bespoke and reliable services that strive to meet the needs of each customer, which is exactly what is needed in the world of manufacturers and third-party logistics businesses.

  21. Agility Logistics 
    Country: Kuwait 
    Revenue: $3.9 billion
    Growth: 9.3%

    Agility has its roots in emerging markets, rather than taking the traditional route of starting off in bigger nations like many of its competitors. Growing to operate at 550 offices in more than 100 countries, the firm now demands an impressive revenue of $3.9 billion.

  22. Toll Holdings 
    Country: Australia 
    Revenue: $3.7 billion
    Growth: 8.0%

    Toll Holdings is the largest logistics firm in Australia, and it operates in 55 countries around the globe. It has grown in recent years since its feud and subsequent demerging from another company, Patrick, and in 2017, it saw its revenue sit as high as $3.7 billion.

  23. Bollore 
    Country: France
    Revenue: $3.7 billion 
    Growth: 7.6%

    With the parent company, Bollore Group having been formed in 1822, this is the oldest firm to make the top 25 list. It has its roots in transport and logistics and saw it bring in some $3.7 billion throughout 2017 as it grew further.

  24. Samsung SDS Logistics
    Country: South Korea
    Revenue: $3.6 billion
    Growth: 24%

    Formed in 1985, as part of Samsung group  Samsung SDS operates out of Seoul and serves a diverse range of industries including financial services, smart manufacturing, global logistics, and retail.

  25. Hellman Worldwide 
    Country: Germany
    Revenue: $3.4 billion
    Growth: 3.6%

    Hellman was formed in the UK in 1988, and it has more than 220 employees across the country, centred around its base in Lichfield. Operating particularly in road logistics, the company saw its revenue streams reach as high as $34 billion throughout the space of the last year.

  26. FedEX
    Country: USA
    Revenue: $3.2 billion
    Growth: 11.9%

    A world-renowned delivery services company with headquarters in Tennessee. FedEx delivers an average of 13 million packages a day in 220 countries and territories. In 2015, FedEx acquired their rival firm TNT Express in a growing commitment to gain a bigger stake in the European market, 


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Note: Comapny revenue is primarily from non-asset third party logistics.