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Global Contract Logistics 2017

  • April 2017
  • 217 pages
  • Transport Intelligence
Report ID: 1518410


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The 2017 edition of Ti’s annual Global Contract Logistics report includes analysis and insight into the development of the industry in line with recent environmental legislation and technological advancements. In addition, the report includes Ti’s bespoke contract logistics market sizes and forecasts, as well as profiles of the strategies and performance of leading logistics service providers.

About the Global Contract Logistics 2017 report
- Do you understand how technological and environmental changes are altering the 3PL landscape?
- Where are the world’s contract logistics growth hotspots?
- What are the fundamental drivers of change in retail and manufacturing logistics?
- How can the market size and growth of various shipper segments be assessed?
- It is important to stay abreast of logistics trends and know more about how 3PLs are future-proofing their strategies to continue to support their clients, particularly in light of recent environmental legislation and technological advancements affecting the industry.

Ti’s annual Global Contract Logistics report examines both topics and provides analysis and evaluation of future practises expected in the industry. This analysis is provided from a broad, industry-wide perspective and is then channelled and examined within individual company profiles of major contract logistics providers. Each of the 18 profiles in the report include an overview of the company’s contract logistics capabilities and strategy, a SWOT analysis, and, wherever possible, a review of the company’s most recent financial performance and a table detailing the company’s most recent contracts.

In addition, Ti has ranked the leading contract logistics providers on both a global and regional basis (Asia Pacific, Europe and North America only), and provides the market shares of these providers based on Ti’s bespoke contract logistics market sizes. Along with this data, the report includes explanation and insight into which geographies’ contract logistics markets have the most growth potential and examines why regions are performing differently.

Exclusive highlights on contract logistics and the environment
- Fuels which were once regarded as a good alternative to carbon emitting petrol have come under scrutiny themselves.
- Banning diesel engines entirely would have a significant impact on the economies of major cities around the world.
- The ‘sharing economy’ could provide many opportunities to improve the efficiency of logistics in an urban context.

Exclusive highlights on contract logistics market size and forecasts
- The Global Contract logistics market grew by 3.9% in 2016, up from 3.7% in 2015.
- Asia Pacific has overtaken Europe as the biggest market for contract logistics.
- Seven of the 10 largest markets grew slower than in 2015.
- The market is forecast to grow at a real 2016-2020 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.8%.

This report contains
- Analysis of environmental legislation and technological advancements affecting the contract logistics industry
- Extensive market size and forecasting
- Comprehensive profiles of major logistics provider strategies
- Rankings of the biggest players
- Insight into technological developments affecting the contract logistics industry

Inside the report
Contract logistics and the environment
- How is environmental legislation going to change the contract logistics industry?
- Which countries operate low emission zones and what other restrictions are expected?
- What are the consequences of emission regulations on logistics real estate?

Contract logistics by vertical sector
- Which vertical sectors have the most impact on the contract logistics industry and why?
- What are the supply chain dynamics of different vertical sectors?

Market size and forecasts
- Who are the top 10 contract logistics providers in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America?
- Which region has the highest 2016-2020 compound annual growth rate?
- Which countries’ growth rates have bolstered that of their region?

Profiles of major contract logistics providers
- How are LSPs future-proofing their contract logistics capabilities?
- What do Ti analysts think the strengths and weaknesses of the major LSPs, and what opportunities and threats do they face?

Key Findings
- The Global Contract logistics market grew by 3.9% in 2016, up from 3.7% in 2015.
- Globalisation of supply chains, the growth of e-commerce and technological innovations have changed the structure of the contract logistics market, with logistics providers trying to retain their competitive edge by expanding their service portfolios either organically or via acquisition.
- While 2016 has seen contract logistics providers pursuing different growth avenues, expanding in high-margin markets was a common growth strategy, with the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector being identified as a particularly lucrative market.
- Supply Chain Operating Networks have provided a means of substantially improving supply chain visibility, but none of the competing vendors yet offers a complete solution.
- Blockchain holds great potential, and is still developing, but it is unlikely to be a silver bullet for supply chain visibility.
- Current battery technologies are insufficient to replace conventional internal combustion engines, and future replacements may take years to commercialise.
- Hydrogen fuel cells appear to be a promising technology, but the jury is still out on whether they will work in practice.
- Even though the level of consolidation in 2016 is estimated to have dropped compared to 2015, looking ahead the outlook for consolidation activity in the industry remains positive.
- For logistics providers to realise synergy effects in mergers and acquisitions, ensuring an effective post-acquisition integration is vital.
- The market is forecast to grow at a real 2016-2020 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.8%.

This report is perfect for
- Global manufacturers
- Banks and financial institutions
- Supply chain managers and directors
- Logistics procurement managers
- Marketing managers
- Knowledge managers
- Investors
- All C-level executives

Technology has always played an important role in the modern contract logistics industry. During the early stages of the sector’s development, it was seen as a competitive advantage for large logistics companies to differentiate their service offering from the vast number of smaller, commoditized players in a highly fragmented market.

However, investment in technologies involving huge corporate IT departments is not the pathway to competitive advantage that it once was. Technology has become widely democratized with start up developers being able to provide the smallest logistics companies with sophisticated service offerings.

As the authors of the report comment, ‘For decades only the big players have been able to invest in large, scalable solutions supporting individual operational functions. But the seismic shift resulting from the evolution of cloud services and mobile computing is challenging every aspect of the industry. [Enterprise Resource Planning suites] are not proving to be well suited to the needs of nimble and agile logistics solutions providers who are subject to a constant stream of changing requirements.’

This is just part of the story though. New technologies are not only being used to make processes more efficient, they are changing the nature of the logistics industry itself. As the report makes clear, new models, such as ‘supply chains on-demand’ could revolutionize the relationship between client and 3PL, allowing far more flexibility than presently exists. The extreme volatility which characterizes e-retail supply chains is a case in point.

Bringing in units of warehousing capacity to meet demand at peak times is expensive and inefficient, and the contract mechanism which governs logistics relationships in the supply chain is clunky and bureaucratic. Perhaps, in a few years, integrations between supply chain planning suites and asset marketplaces, such as that announced between Llamasoft and Flexe, will become the norm in the industry.

In this exciting period for the industry, technology development is not only revolutionizing the processes involved in logistics, but also affecting the transport assets which are required to undertake the movement of the goods themselves. From a public policy and environmental perspective this is critical. Partly as a response to environmental regulation, actual and threatened, and partly due to natural innovation and ingenuity, alternatives to the diesel engine are being developed at pace.

Initially as a result of targets to reduce greenhouse gases, and more latterly from a public health desire to reduce noxious particulates, there has been a rush to develop alternative fuels as well as battery technology to power electric vehicles. However, as the authors of this report stress, efforts are still in their early stages and will not transform the global vehicle fleet for several years. This may be too slow for many city regulators who are coming under pressure to reduce the number of deaths and illnesses caused, many health professionals say, by exhaust emissions. This report looks in detail at the increase in popularity of ‘Low Emission Zones’ (LEZs) presently being proposed or implemented around the world as well as their potential impact on supply chains.

Now in its 15th edition, Global Contract Logistics 2017 continues to be the only report to track and predict the complex path of the industry and the changing relationships between all the parties involved in the supply chain business.

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