Order shipped: Industry demand will rise in-line with increased freight volumes

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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The slowdown in emerging markets and trade are anticipated to create potential headwinds for the industry
  • As freight volumes grew, demand for services provided by industry operators rose
  • If the US manufacturing sector continues to underperform, demand for industry services will suffer

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Although companies are increasingly outsourcing order-fulfillment services to industry operators to focus on core business functions, the industry has suffered in the wake of lower trade volumes, slow growth in consumer spending and decreased demand from retail trade over the past five years. Declines have been mitigated, however, by rising internet usage and online shopping, which has spurred demand for industry services. The Third-Party Logistics industry is expected to recover over the five years to 2021 as the US economy strengthens and inventory from US manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers grow...

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    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Third Party Logistics industry has a low level of market share concentration. In 2016, the four largest industry players are expected to account for less than 15.0% of industry revenue. Most operators are small to medium businesses that primary focus on regional or more specialized markets. Nonetheless, over the past five years, market share concentration has increased as merger and acquisition activity picked up. 3PLs have been consolidating to offer more comprehensive services and become one-stop-shops for logistics outsourcing. Some 3PLs have also acquired competitors to enter certain supply chain markets (i.e. auto).


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    Additional Insights for the Third-Party Logistics Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Third-Party Logistics Industry are

  • Effective quality control
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Freight transportation services index and Industrial production index in the Third-Party Logistics industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Third-Party Logistics Industry?

    Third party logistics (3PL) companies provide outsourced logistics services to clients. Operators typically provide integrated supply chain solutions which include, but are not limited to, warehousing, forwarding, packing, consulting, brokerage and transportation documentation. In particular, 3PL providers will tailor and incorporate their services into their customer’s supply chain based on client’s needs. All revenue in this report is gross revenue.

    Industry Products
    Transportation management
    Warehousing and related services
    Other services
    Industry Activities
    Logistic consulting
    Transportation management
    Freight brokerage
    Dedicated contract carriage

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Freight transportation services index
  • Industrial production index
  • Consumer spending
  • Total trade value

  • Current Performance
    Demand expands Competition and internal dynamics
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Persistent demand conditionsChallenges and internal dynamics
  • Table: Third-Party Logistics Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Third-Party Logistics Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail Trade
  • Transportation and Warehousing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Forklift & Conveyor Manufacturing
  • Industrial Building Construction
  • Local Freight Trucking

  • Products & Services
  • Transportation management
  • Warehousing and related services
  • Other services
  • Chart: Third-Party Logistics Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Industrial
  • Other markets
  • Retail and wholesale
  • Transportation market
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Third-Party Logistics Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchases Wages Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Third-Party Logistics

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Third-Party Logistics Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    CH Robinson Worldwide Inc.
  • Table: CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Third-Party Logistics Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Third-Party Logistics Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Freight transportation services index (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Arranging the storage and shipping of goods on behalf of its shippers.
  • Fulfillment
  • The process of delivering a product to a customer.
  • Integrated Logistic Service
  • Provision of transportation activities from door to door through the vertical integration of the supply chain.
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