The world’s top ten logistics firms account for billions of dollars in revenue each year, but, often being divided into a number of operations; it is sometimes difficult to ascertain which are the largest. Here, Supply Chain Digital looks at the top brands around the world, listed according to revenue by SJ Consulting Group.

10. Having fallen from number nine in the previous year, UPS Supply Chain Solutions made tenth on the list with its freight forwarding and logistics segment only, making a recorded $6,058 million dollars in 2011.

9. Expeditors International have risen one place from tenth position last year, with revenues of $6,150 dollars in 2011. Headquartered in Seattle, the company has a worldwide network comprising of over 250 locations across six continents, employing over 13,000 professionals worldwide.

8. Retaining its position for a second year running, SNCF Geodis grew following acquisitions in 2010. In 2011, the company acquired US-based One Source Logistics and France-based Pharmalog, in addition to the night delivery business of GLS France. The figure represents the estimates revenue from the Freight Forwarding, Supply Chain and Contract Logistics operations only.

7. Swiss-owned company Panalpina earned $7,331 during 2011, following the acquisition of Australian company Apollo Forwarding at the beginning of the year, and Norwegian company Greig Logistics a few months later. Panalpina currently operates a network of some 500 branches in more than 90 countries, employing 15,000 people worldwide.

6. Following the acquisition of Finnish company Wasa Logistics OY, DSV earned £8,162 in 2011. With offices in more than 70 countries all over the world and an international network of partners and agents, DSV employs approximately 22,000 DSV people worldwide.

5. One of Europe’s leading freight forwarders, C.H. Robinson Worldwide recorded $8,741 during 2011 from their Transportation segment, which accounted for roughly 88% of its gross net revenues for that year. C.H. Robinson handles more than 10 million shipments for more than 37,000 customers annually, with over 235 offices outside of North America.

4.  Formed in August 2007 as a result of the merger of TNT Logistics and EGL Eagle Global Logistics, CEVA Logistics employs more than 51,000 people worldwide. The Netherland-based company made $9,593 in 2011.

3. German logistics giant DB Schenker Logistics had a total revenue of $19,865 in 2011, excluding the asset-based portion of its Land Transport. Part of the DB Group, the company occupies around 2,000 locations in all of the world’s most important economic regions, with a huge 94,600 employees.

2.  German grandfathers of logistics Kuehne + Nagel made third position with global revenues of $22,104 for 2011. Founded in 1890 in Bremen, Germany, the Kuehne + Nagel Group currently has more than 1000 offices in over 100 countries, with over 63,000 employees and boasts the title of Number 1 global sea freight forwarder in the world.

1. In the top spot for the second year running is another German company; DHL Logistics, which earned the biggest total revenue for 2011, at $37,780 for its global operations, excluding its Corporate Information division Williams Lea.

Present in over 220 countries and territories around the globe, DHL claims to be the most international company in the world, with a workforce exceeding 280,000 people worldwide. DHL is part of the world’s leading postal and logistics Group, Deutsche Post DHL, which was founded in 1995 as the successor to the German mail authority Deutsche Bundespost, which was privatized. The company encompasses three divisions: DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, Freight and DHL Supply Chain, in addition to a vast mail delivery service.

Taken from data published by SJ Consulting Group,

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