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. Integrated networks have developed steadily since the late 1980s, when medium and large operators began purchasing other companies in the supply chain. This growth was supported by the implementation of automation and tracking technology across the supply chain, which has increased the potential for participants to realise economies of scale and scope. These technologies have allowed the sector to keep pace with major markets, which have adopted increasingly lean inventory practices over the past decade... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
On average the sector has a medium level of barriers to entry, with variation according to the function within the logistics network. The road transport segment has very few barriers to entry with low regulatory requirements and low capital investment requirements. This has led to a large number of very small operators entering the sector.
The warehousing and storage segment has medium barriers to entry. Warehouses have become larger and more complex over the past decade with RFID, automated picking and voice controlling becoming increasingly common. Hence, the capital investment required to enter the segment has increased significantly. Capital requirements will continue to increase over the next five years as such technology becomes more widespread... purchase to read more