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Started Logistics: 1974
Serves: Global
HQ: Singapore
Revenue: $1,586
Employees: 5,600
Warehouses: 228
Sq. Ft.: 20.20 million

As a $1.6 billion global supply chain services provider, APL operates in 60 countries with 5,600 employees across 110 locations, plus it manages more than 200 facilities that combine for better than 20 million square feet of logistics space. Sectors it serves range automotive, retail, chemicals, high-tech, industrial and consumer packaged goods among others.

Started Logistics: 1946
Serves: Global
HQ: Netherlands
Revenue: $8,517
Employees: 44,041
Warehouses: 615
Sq. Ft.: 96.90 million

Born in 2007 to merged parent companies TNT Logistics and Eagle Global Logistics, CEVA employs 44,000 people among the more than 170 countries in which it has a presence. With $8.5 billion in revenue last year, it’s still growing: This year it has announced expansions of its
aerospace presence in Dallas and a relationship with Ford in Michigan, and it opened a new foreign trade zone in Miami.

Started Logistics: 1905
Serves: Global
Headquarters: USA
Revenue: $12,752
Employees: 11,676

One of the oldest third-party logistics companies around—it was founded in 1905—C.H. Robinson helped 45,000 clients on four continents last year on its way to accumulating $12.8 billion in gross revenues. The 3PL has more than 11,000 employees and transportation agreements with more than 65,000 transportation providers around the world. So, yes, they can do whatever you need.

Started Logistics: 1872
Serves: Global
HQ: Germany
Revenue: $19,732
Employees: 64,051
Warehouses: 570
Sq. Ft.: 66.70 million

There’s no question DB Schenker is one of the biggest and most established 3PLs in the world, with 2,000-plus locations in more than 130 countries. The company’s 39 U.S. branches employ 6,000 of its more than 91,000 employees around the world. It would be much faster to list
services the company doesn’t provide than those it does, and we would, but we can’t think of any.

Started Logistics: 1815
Serves: Global
HQ: Germany
Revenue: $31,432
Employees: 185,200
Warehouses: 2,400
Sq. Ft.: 248 million

DHL has more divisions than some 3PLs have services. The brand owns DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Freight, DHL Supply Chain and DHL Global Mail. (How’s that for brand reinforcement!) Its Global Forwarding segment shipped nearly 4 million tons of airfreight and 2.8 million TEUs of ocean freight in 2013; it’s Supply Chain division claims 23 million square feet of logistics space across 2,400 locations.

Started Logistics: 1976
Serves: International
HQ: Denmark
Revenue: $8,140
Employees: 22,021
Warehouses: 250
Sq. Ft.: 23.70 million

DSV leverages its 22,000 employees and 500 offices around the world to offer its clients logistics services ranging air, ocean, road, Customs brokerage and more. The company’s wide reach was called upon by General Motors, which entrusted DSV with managing its delivery chain from Europe, Africa and the Near East to production locations in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.

Started Logistics: 1989
Serves: Global
Revenue: $1,387
Employees: 5,500
Warehouses: 40
Sq. Ft.: 5.00

When you have the global name recognition that FedEx enjoys—and the worldwide capabilities to back it up—you get the luxury of leveraging scale for creative supply-chain solutions. Outside of its mail and small package services, shippers can count on FedEx Freight, Custom Critical and Trade Network (FTN) for innovative problem solving. Consider FedEx Trade Networks’ answer to the challenge faced by eyewear company Hilco. To save on the high cost of airfreight, FTN utilized expedited sea freight to guarantee a 21-day deliver from the U.S. West Coast to China to meet high demand.

Started Logistics: 1890
Serves: Global
HQ: Switzerland
Revenue: $22,582
Employees: 63,248
Warehouses: 500
Sq. Ft.: 75 million

No. 1 global sea freight forwarder, No. 3 global airfreight forwarder, No. 3 global contract logistics provider—not a bad resume for this 120-year-old German powerhouse. Kuehne + Nagel’s mission statement says it is the extension of your business, and with a 62,000-strong workforce and 1,000 offices in more than 100 countries, that’s quite a nice extension for any company to have.

Started Logistics: 1935
Serves: Global
HQ: Switzerland
Revenue: $7,293
Employees: 15,224
Warehouses: 242
Sq. Ft.: 22.30 million

In 2013, Panalpina transported 825,000 tons of airfreight and 1,450,000 TEUs of ocean freight. The 3PL has 16,000 employees in 500 offices across 70 countries, and has a network of partner companies that represent it in an additional 90 countries. The company operates an asset-light model, leasing the warehouses and transportation vessels it uses, or partnering with logistics sub-contractors.

Started Logistics: 1993
Serves: Global
Revenue: $5,492
Employees: 40,000
Warehouses: 599
Sq. Ft.: 28 million

The ubiquitous global carrier you know for time-definite deliveries of mail and small packages has been a major player in the supply-chain space since diversifying with the launch of UPS Supply Chain Solutions. The division offers full supply-chain design and execution in more than 175 countries around the world, and additional services such as LTL throughout the United States.