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Europe Contract Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Europe Contract Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Europe is a leader in the global contract logistics market. The market for contract logistics in Europe is expected to register a CAGR of more than 3% during the forecast period.

While the impacts of Covid-19 have been negative overall on the economy, certain sectors have seen significant growth in sales, such as grocery, retail and consumer electronics marking positive developments for the European contract logistics market in 2020. Owing to the rise in demand for more integrated services, data management and the preference for flexible solutions, the contract logistics market is expected to witness high growth.

As the demand for specific processes along the value chain and comprehensive services is growing, contract logistics is becoming the ideal solution for companies. The Western Europe region dominates the market, by taking more than three-fourths of the market, with Germany accounting for the major share. However, countries in the Central and Eastern Europe region are expected to achieve high growth in future.

The retail sector is a key end-user sector of the contract logistics market, in general. With Europe being a global hub for the automotive industry, it accounts for a significant share of the European contract logistics market. The contract logistics market across the world is witnessing the trends of consolidation. From strategies adopted by major players, it can be observed that the companies are following the trend of acquisition, to maintain a competitive edge in the market.

Key Market Trends

The Outsourced Contract Logistics Market to Grow at a High Pace

The degree of outsourcing in contract logistics is low, indicating significant room for growth. Globally, the share of outsourced contract logistics in the total market stands in the range of 10-15% only; for Europe, this share is estimated to be about 20%. The levels of outsourcing vary significantly between countries. Generally, transport and warehousing services are majorly outsourced.

E-Commerce is expected to be a major driver for the growth of outsourcing. As the e-commerce market is growing rapidly, the consumer expectations for faster and reliable deliveries is also growing. In this context, outsourcing of services, such as warehousing, and order fulfilment, among others, is expected to grow. Contract logistics offers the e-commerce businesses of all sizes advantages, such as easy management of business, advanced technological solutions, reduced risk, and scalability. The e-commerce market of Europe was valued at more than USD 700 billion at the end of 2020, growing at a rate of more than 11% as compared to 2019.

Growth in Manufacturing is Expected to Drive the Demand for Contract Logistics Services

The largest European nations such as Germany, the UK, France, and Italy traditionally dominate the manufacturing sector. As these countries become increasingly service-oriented the manufacturing sector has seen large losses, with manufacturing industries relocating and general employment in the sector decreasing. Luckily for Europe instead of moving abroad, much of the manufacturing has just moved over to Central and Eastern Europe. Countries such as Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic have taken up the mantle of manufacturing in Europe. These countries and their neighbours have seen tremendous growth in the manufacturing sector and are helping reaffirm Europe as a global manufacturing centre.

As of 2020, the program called ‘Move to 4.0’ has been launched to support the transformation of existing manufacturing companies in Europe by diversifying or transforming their businesses through innovative technology and new business models.

The developed countries in Europe are of high importance, as they have the required infrastructure and skills that are readily developed. This is expected to result in a trend of reshoring manufacturing back to Europe, and automation is very often one of the reasons for reshoring in Europe.

Competitive Landscape

The prominent players in the market include Deutsche Post DHL Group, Schenker AG (DB Schenker), Ceva Logistics, DSV AS, and SNCF Logistics/Geodis. These players based in Europe have a significant presence across the world. Even though these major players have a strong footprint across the region and account for significant market share, the market is still fragmented to some extent, with many players providing contract logistics services at different levels.

It is necessary for the companies to make sure that they are constantly evolving to match the trends in the industry. This is likely to help them gain a stronger foothold in the market by attracting new customers.

Most of the major companies are based out of the Western Europe region, the number of local contract logistics providers in the CEE region are comparatively lower. This is an opportunity for the existing local logistics players in the CEE region, to enter the contract logistics market and gain significant market share.

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1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Current Market Scenario
4.2 Market Dynamics
4.2.1 Drivers
4.2.2 Restraints
4.2.3 Opportunities
4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis
4.5 Government Regulations and Initiatives
4.6 Technological Trends
4.7 Insights on the E-commerce Industry in the Region (both Domestic and Cross-Border)
4.8 Insights on Contract Logistics in the Context of After-Sales/Reverse Logistics
4.9 Brief on Different Services Provided by Contract Logistics Players (Integrated Warehousing and Transportation, Supply Chain Services, and Other Value-added Services)
4.10 Spotlight - Freight Transportation Costs/Freight Rates
4.11 Insights on the Effect of Brexit on the European Logistics Industry
4.12 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

5.1 By Type
5.1.1 Insourced
5.1.2 Outsourced
5.2 By End User
5.2.1 Industrial Machinery and Automotive
5.2.2 Food and Beverage
5.2.3 Construction
5.2.4 Chemicals
5.2.5 Other Consumer Goods
5.2.6 Other End Users
5.3 By Country
5.3.1 Germany
5.3.2 United Kingdom
5.3.3 Netherlands
5.3.4 France
5.3.5 Italy
5.3.6 Spain
5.3.7 Poland
5.3.8 Belgium
5.3.9 Sweden
5.3.10 Rest of Europe

6.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)
6.2 Company Profiles (including Merger and Acquisition, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements)
6.2.1 Deutsche Post DHL Group
6.2.2 XPO Logistics
6.2.3 Schenker AG (DB Schenker)
6.2.4 CEVA Logistics
6.2.5 SNCF Logistics/Geodis
6.2.6 DSV AS
6.2.7 Neovia Logistics Services
6.2.8 GEFCO SA
6.2.9 United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS Supply Chain Solutions)
6.2.10 Rhenus SE & Co. KG
6.2.11 Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (Arvato)
6.2.12 FIEGE Logistik Stiftung & Co. KG
6.3 Other Companies (Key Information/Overview)
6.3.1 Expeditors International, United Parcel Service Inc., Bollore Logistics, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics GmbH & Co. KG, Agility Logistics Pvt. Ltd, H.Essers NV, Wincanton PLC*


8.1 GDP Distribution by Activity for Key Countries
8.2 Insights on Capital Flows
8.3 External Trade Statistics - Export and Import by Product
8.4 Insights on Key Export Destinations of Europe
8.5 Insights on Key Import Origins of Europe

Report Title: Europe Contract Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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