Total Logistics 2019

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About the 2019 Total Logistics report

Total Logistics offers a concise, easy to understand view of the industry. 

The report:

  • Looks at the current state of the overall logistics market from a range of perspectives.
  • Assesses the factors that have shaped the logistics market in the past and those that will transform it in the future.
  • Analyses the key strategic decisions that have to be made in light of the most important trends, risks and challenges facing the sector.
  • Examines the key regional differences across the world as well as viewing the benefits and risks of globalized supply chains.

In addition to the roles of the contract logistics and freight forwarding sectors, it also examines the dynamics of the express parcels, container shipping, air cargo, road freight and intermodal industries. This features the key characteristics of each market, as well as viewing its development and structure.

Ti also sizes the logistics market, giving the breakdown of the size of each market globally, as well as in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. The report also features forecasts of the compound annual growth rate for the next five years in these regions.

Ti gives details of the key technologies disrupting the industry. As supply chains become more complex, the development of new solutions that provide greater visibility, more information and increased efficiency can give vital competitive advantages.

This report contains

  • Concise insight into the factors shaping the global logistics market
  • Analysis of the market fundamentals of each logistics sector
  • Overview of the key trends changing each logistics market
  • Insight into the supply chain technologies supporting logistics operations
  • Market size and forecast data for the total logistics market.

This report contains

  • Concise insight into the factors shaping the global logistics market
  • Analysis of the market fundamentals of each logistics sector
  • Overview of the key trends changing each logistics market
  • Insight into the supply chain technologies supporting logistics operations
  • Market size and forecast data for the total logistics market.

Inside this report

  • Total logistics market sizing
  • Segmentation by logistics market from top to bottom
  • Forecast growth to 2023
  • Outlook for the major trends shaping logistics in 2019

Exclusive highlights on the structure of the logistics industry

  • How the importance of logistics markets varies by region
  • Outsourcing rates by region for key logistics markets
  • Which logistics markets will grow fastest and why

1.0 What is shaping the global logistics markets?

1.1 The modern global logistics industry

1.2 Trade and globalization

1.3 World trade growth

1.4 Global and regional trade networks

1.5 The importance of megacities on supply chains

1.6 Just-in-Case manufacturing

1.7 Modern supply chain management practise

1.7.1 The impact of supply chain management practise on logistics

1.8 Centralization of inventory

1.9 Outsourcing of logistics

1.9.1 Why outsource logistics?

1.10 Evolution towards value adding services

2.0 An industry in transformation: Consolidation

2.1 Consolidation and fragmentation in the logistics industry

2.2 Key industry trends

2.3 Options for growth

2.4 Acquisition strategies

2.5 The emergence of the 'mega-carrier‘

2.6 The future of the global logistics industry

3.0 Logistics market development by geography

3.1 Influences on market characteristics

3.2 Africa

3.2.1 Africa: trade

3.2.2 Africa: transport infrastructure

3.2.3 Africa: ports

3.2.4 Africa: challenges

3.2.5 Africa: opportunities

3.2.6 Africa: market snapshots

3.3 Latin America

3.3.1 Latin America: trade

3.3.2 Latin America: transport infrastructure

3.3.3 Latin America: roads

3.3.4 Latin America: Panama canal

3.3.5 Latin America: challenges

3.3.6 Latin America: opportunities

3.4 Middle East

3.4.1 Middle East: roads

3.4.2 Middle East: ports

3.4.3 Middle 
East: airports

3.4.4 Middle East: logistics

3.4.5 Middle East: challenges

3.4.6 Middle East opportunities

3.5 Asia Pacific

3.5.1 Asia Pacific: trade

3.5.2 Asia Pacific: ports

3.5.3 Asia Pacific: airports

3.5.4 Asia Pacific: roads

3.5.5 Asia Pacific: main country logistics markets

3.5.6 Asia Pacific: China’s Belt & Road Initiative

3.5.7 Asia Pacific: challenges

3.5.8 Asia Pacific: opportunities

3.6 Europe

3.6.1 Europe: country snapshots

3.6.2 Europe: transport infrastructure

3.6.3 Europe: ports

3.6.4 Europe: airports

3.6.5 Europe: roads

3.6.6 Europe: Brexit challenge

3.7 North America

3.7.1 North America: United States

3.7.2 North America: Canada

3.7.3 North America: ports

3.7.4 North America: airports

3.7.5 North America: US logistics hubs

3.7.6 North America: challenges

4.0 The emergence of logistics clusters

4.1 Where to locate distribution centres?

4.2 Centralization of distribution in Europe

4.3 Centralization of distribution in the United States

4.4 Key distribution hubs in China

5.0 Freight forwarding

5.1 The freight forwarding industry: market update

5.2 Structure of the freight forwarding industry

5.3 Modal choice

5.4 Fragmentation and consolidation

5.5 The restructuring of the freight forwarding sector

5.6 Freight forwarding market dynamics

5.7 Freight forwarding profitability

6.0 Contract Logistics

6.1 The contract logistics industry: market update

6.2 Emergence of a global industry

6.3 Selecting the right logistics service provider

6.4 Financial contracts

6.5 Sales cycle times, contracts and relationships

6.5.1 Enhancing value through deeper relationships

6.5.2 Collaboration

7.0 European Road Freight/US Trucking

7.1 Europe road freight industry: market update

7.2 Europe road freight industry: market structure

7.3 Drivers of growth

7.4 Cost structure

7.5 Road freight rates

7.6 Profitability and company failure

7.7 Cabotage

7.8 US trucking industry market update

7.9 US trucking industry – LTL and FTL

8.0 Express parcels

8.1 The express parcels industry: market update

8.2 The express parcels industry: market development

8.3 The origins of the express parcels industry

8.4 Market definitions and structure

8.5 Express operating model - hub and spoke

8.6 Long-term trends in the express sector

8.7 Disruption in the express sector

9.0 Air cargo

9.1 Air cargo: market update

9.2 Air Cargo: market structure

9.3 Air cargo Industry players

9.4 Air cargo process

9.5 A sustainable air cargo sector

10.0 Container Shipping

10.1 Container Shipping: market update

10.2 Container Shipping market demand & supply

10.3 Container shipping market strategies

10.4 Container shipping market structure

11.0 Intermodal rail

11.1 Intermodal market update

11.2 European intermodal market

11.3 North American intermodal market

12.0 Total logistics market size and forecast

12.1 Total logistics market size – global

12.1.2 Total logistics market size – global forecast

12.2 Total logistics market size – Asia Pacific

12.2.1 Total logistics market size – Asia Pacific forecast

12.3 Total logistics market size – Europe

12.3.1 Total logistics market size – Europe forecast

12.4 Total logistics market size – North America

12.4.1 Total logistics market size – North America forecast

12.5 Total logistics market size definitions and methodology

13.0 Supply chain technologies

13.1 Increasing supply chain complexity

13.2 What is supply chain management software?

13.3 Supply chain executive systems

13.3.1 Transport Management Systems (TMS)

13.3.2 Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

13.3.3 Global Trade Management Systems (GTM)

13.3.4 International Transport Management Systems (ITMS)

13.3.5 Freight exchanges

14.0 Supply chain dynamics of vertical sectors

14.1 Automotive logistics

14.1.1 Production concepts in automotive logistics

14.1.2 Supply chain geography of the automotive sector

14.1.3 Dealerships, retailing and logistics

14.1.4 Different types of inbound logistics operations

14.2 Pharmaceutical logistics

14.2.1 The global pharmaceutical logistics market

14.2.2 The role of the outsourced logistics provider

14.3 Consumer goods and retail logistics

14.3.1 Consumer packaged goods (CPG) sector

14.3.2 Regionalisation of supply chain geographies

14.3.3 Durable goods supply chains

14.3.4 Retail supply chain trends

14.3.5 Diversification of retailer product offering

14.4 High tech supply chains

14.4.1 Transport of high tech goods

14.4.2 High tech logistics services

14.5 Field services & spare parts logistics

15.0 Risks in global supply chains

15.1 Rebalancing 'external' and 'internal' risks

15.2 Quantifying supply chain risk

15.3 Types of supply chain risk

15.4 External threats to supply chains

15.5 Unknown unknowns...

15.6 Sector resilience to threats

16.0 The e-commerce logistics phenomenon

16.1 e-commerce trends

16.2 The impact of e-retailing on logistics

16.2.1 Warehousing and fulfilment

16.3 Reverse logistics

16.4 Delivery points

16.5 Logistics costs for online retailers

17.0 Supply chain innovation and disruption

17.1 The end of 'business as usual‘

17.2 Supply chain logistics: Ripe for disruption

17.3 The 'Internet of Things‘

17.4 Augmented reality

17.5 Drones

17.6 Autonomous vehicles

17.6.1 Autonomous transport in warehouses

17.7 3D printing

18.0 Ethical and sustainable supply chain strategies

18.1 Profits, planet and people - the 'triple' advantage

18.2 Environmental issues in supply chain and logistics

18.3 Government policy and transport emissions

18.3.1 Road freight

18.3.2 Air cargo

18.3.3 Rail and intermodal

18.3.4 Shipping

18.3.5 Warehousing

18.4 Ethical supply chains

18.4.2 Downstream supply chain issues




  Prof John Manners-Bell is Chief Executive of Ti, Honorary Visiting Professor at the London Metropolitan University’s Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law and an adviser to the World Economic Forum. He has over 25 years’ experience working in and analysing the global logistics sector.  

Thomas Cullen is a widely respected writer and has been analyzing the global logistics market for over 15 years. He has edited a number of international publications and written for most of the leading trade publications in Europe. He has written several in-depth reports on a variety of subjects including Automotive and Chemical logistics. 
Nick Bailey is responsible for all of Ti’s research products, including logistics market and vertical sector reports, as well as Ti’s flagship Global Supply Chain Intelligence (GSCi) market intelligence portal. Nick is actively involved in research for these product ranges, as well as in the development of new and existing research capabilities at Ti. 

New report reveals fundamentals, trends and size of the global logistics market

12th February 2019, Bath, UK: Ti’s latest report, Total Logistics 2019 examines the forces shaping tomorrow's vibrant global logistics industry, from both the ‘demand’ and the ‘supply’ side perspective. 

The report looks at the key trends shaping the global logistics market, including the impact of megacities on supply chains, innovation and technology, e-commerce, inventory centralization, clustering, global trade patterns and networks, outsourcing and Just-in-Case manufacturing.

With some big deals potentially in the pipeline for the year ahead, Total Logistics 2019 looks at industry consolidation and alternative growth strategies deployed in the market.

Brexit, Belt & Road and the US-China trade war provide opportunities and challenges for regional logistics. The report looks at these headline issues, as well as exploring the dynamics, trade and infrastructure across all major regions.

Similarly, the report looks at logistics on a market-by-market basis, providing further information on the characteristics and trends affecting individual segments.

It reveals the size and share of these markets on a global basis, covering all transport modes (road, rail, air, sea and inland waterway) in addition to markets such as freight forwarding, contract logistics, domestic/international parcels and mail logistics. Forecasts for certain markets are provided to 2023. The same level of detail is provided for Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.

Quantitative Analyst at Ti, Andy Ralls, commented, “Ti expects the global market to be worth over €7 trillion by 2023, after growing at a CAGR of 4.6%. This is faster than expected global GDP growth, highlighting the market’s vital and increasingly important place in the global economy.”

Ti’s Head of Research and lead author of the report, Nick Bailey, commented, “The global economy is entering a crucial stage as economic headwinds and political resistance to the free trade principals that have underpinned global economic development weigh on growth. Logistics is vital in keeping goods and the global economy moving, and in many sectors it has evolved into a strategic tool for securing competitive advantage. Looking ahead, the importance of logistics as a differentiator, creating value and mitigating risk, is set to be a defining trend over the next five years.”

Source: Transport Intelligence, February 12th 2019.

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