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- Who are the key players?
Logistics concerns the management of the flow of products from the place of their origin to the place of their consumption. The industry thus involves not only transportation from point A to B by road, rail, air and sea, but also standardised or tailor-made materials handling, warehousing, packaging, security, inventory management, supply chain management, procurement, and customs services. [...]
Groups analysed in this report include: Deutsche Post DHL, United Parcel Services, Fedex Corporation, Kugel + Nagel, Nippon Express, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, DSV, Sinotrans, Ceva Logistics, and Panalpina.
- What are the players' strategies?
Under a plan to increase sorting capacity, currently at 1m parcels/hour across 34 locations, by up to 7% through 2020, Deutsche Post DHL has expanded capacity at its DHL Express hub in Brussels (completed Feb. 2018); has launched a new “mega parcel” hub (165,000m2; 50,000 shipments/hour capacity) in Berlin; and is moving forward with the construction of its largest parcel centre to date in Obertshausen (slated for 2019). In parallel, in light of persistently low profitability at the Post-eCommerce-Parcel (PeP) division, the company launched a packet of cost-cutting measures in June 2018, which will be implemented over the coming two years. […]
- What are the players' key growth and profitability drivers?
Kuehne + Nagel revenue expanded 12% in 2017, primarily on an organic basis, thanks to higher demand from strategic industries (perishables, pharma and aerospace). Performance was bolstered by higher sea freight (+7.5% yoy) and air freight (+20.4% yoy) volumes. [...]