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The transport and logistics sector will continue to boom in the coming years. The likely decline in global trading volumes because of multiple macroeconomic and geopolitical factors such as rising protectionism or slow economic growth is offset by strong logistics demand in the e-commerce or healthcare markets. This new demand makes it possible to create value-creating logistics and services to be differentiated by focusing on the consumer.
Margin pressures are increasing, particularly as a result of higher operating costs, increased competition and the increased demands of customers who now have tools to compare the quality of services. This pressure is also intensifying because of the rise in investment costs in new technologies, sustainable transport and the acquisition of new distribution channels that are more expensive and whose real cost has not yet been transferred from the service provider to customers. This constraining market environment is driving those in the sector to refine their expertise and diversify their activities through acquisitions, partnerships and alliances (DHL and Accenture, Sinotrans and Tencent, Kühne+Nagel and Honeywell, etc.).
How to meet the challenges of the industry
New technology will provide opportunities to improve efficiency and productivity through new business models and services (real-time shipment tracking, route and network optimization, automation, use of digital tech such as blockchain, etc.). These innovations are already being leveraged by those in the transport and logistics industry.
The e-commerce revolution is fundamentally changing the conditions in this industry. With the growing demand for omnichannel options, new companies are entering the logistics market, particularly last-mile specialists to meet the growing demand for home delivery. They are competing with traditional companies in the courier and express delivery segments. In addition, online distributors are beginning to compete with logistics providers by selling their spare capacity on the market.
How can we help you?
Zalis helps companies in the sector, both strategically and operationally, with the following:
- Offshoring or relocation of distribution centers
- Better management of logistics/supply-chain subcontracting
- Planning, reorganization, configuration, optimization of logistics platforms/warehouses
- Improved efficiency of the distribution network (significant reduction in logistics costs)
- Strategic repositioning of companies in the sector
- Support for external growth (M&A and origination)