Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Integrated Logistics sector provides door-to-door transport, storage and distribution services. It includes transport operators such as trucking and railroad companies, storage facilities, freight forwarders, customs brokers and infrastructure operators. Over the five years through 2014-15, sector revenue is forecast to grow at an annualised 4.2%, to reach $102.7 billion. Growing demand from major markets has driven this growth. In 2009-10, the sector's performance stagnated as the weak domestic economy caused retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers to cut orders of new stock and run down inventories. This resulted in a decline in imports and falling demand for trucking and warehouses. The sector has since recovered, with sector revenue expected to grow by 3.4% in 2014-15... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
Overall, the sector is characterised by medium barriers to entry, although there is some variation between segments. The road transport segment has low barriers to entry, with few regulatory requirements and low capital investment needed. This has encouraged a large number of small operators to enter the segment. Barriers are also medium in the warehousing and storage segment. Warehouses have become larger and more complex over the past decade with RFID, automated picking and voice controls becoming increasingly common. Capital investment required to enter the segment has increased significantly.
The shipping and aviation segments face higher barriers to entry. Capital investment is significant, with ships and aircraft costing millions of dollars... purchase to read more