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United Kingdom Freight and Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • ID: 5332765
  • Report
  • May 2021
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • 150 Pages
  • Mordor Intelligence

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Brenntag UK & Ireland
  • Clipper Logistics Group
  • Eddie Stobart Logistics
  • Gist Ltd
  • Kinaxia Logistics Limited
  • Palletways

The United Kingdom Freight and Logistics market is anticipated to register a moderate growth rate of 2.5% during the period. Logistics has been facing unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of keeping the UK economy supplied with all the goods it needs to function, as well as coping with the increased disruption to staffing levels caused by sickness and self-isolation and concerns about the viability of their businesses.

According to the Industry reports, the COVID-19 lockdown led to the rapid expansion in the digitization of fleet services. Much of this trend has been prompted by the sudden and widespread switch to home working that has been caused by the lockdown. Brexit is going to have a significant impact on the international road freight transport market. As per the latest agreement, the UK haulers can carry out one cabotage operation and the EU haulers can carry out 2 cabotage operations in the UK territory.

Rail freight is poised to play a much bigger and prominent role in the movement of goods in the UK. The use of rail freight is steadily increasing in the UK with a total volume of rail freight moved to rise by 3% year on year. ​ Network Rail has forecast that rail freight could grow by around 30% by 2035 if sufficient capacity were made available. The development of Europe - China rail network and underground rail networks can bolster the growth in this sub-sector.​

Technical developments and commercial and environmental pressures over the next 30 years are expected to encourage freight operators to explore innovative ways to ship goods through ports. According to British Ports Association, it would result in a growth in traffic through almost all the ports in Britain.

The supply chain needs to respond to heightened competition in the last mile as e-commerce operations grow in the wake of the coronavirus. Last mile logistics will be a highly competitive environment as companies look to their supply chains to give the best possible customer experience. This will call for technological innovation to enable retailers to scale-up home delivery systems fast once normality returns.

Key Market Trends

E-Commerce Market to Drive Growth in the Sector

The logistics sector is restless, seeing the growing demand for logistics services generated by the boom and evolution of e-commerce. The United Kingdom (UK) has the most advanced e-commerce market in Europe.

The United Kingdom’s continued leading role in online retail is causing the logistics and transport sectors to rethink their models to ensure future growth. Consumer demands for flexible deliveries have increased, which provides retailers and the logistics sector the challenge to achieve the required level of flexibility.

The United Kingdom’s continued leading role in online retail is causing the logistics and transport sectors to rethink their models to ensure future growth. Consumer demands for flexible deliveries have increased, which provides retailers and the logistics sector the challenge to achieve the required level of flexibility. In regard to this, the demand for last-mile delivery services and less than truckload service has been growing significantly with many start-ups are entering the market to address the challenges that occurred by the explosion of e-commerce.

In regard to this, the demand for last-mile delivery services and less than truckload service has been growing significantly with many start-ups are entering the market to address the challenges occurred the explosion of e-commerce.

Road Freight Transport Holds the Major Share in Freight Transport

Around 89% of all goods transported by land in Great Britain are moved directly by road, and 98% of all food and agricultural products in Great Britain are transported by road freight. Approximately 98% of all consumer products and machinery in Great Britain are transported by road freight.

Ports are increasingly working on improving efficiencies. For instance, truck turnaround times at the Port of Liverpool fell, after Peel Ports (owner) announced to turn its focus to road haulage efficiencies. ​

Road freight transport operates the most extensive transport network of all freight modes. The network provides flexibility and convenience for door-to-door delivery and supports the growing e-commerce sector. Road freight transport occupies a major share in inland freight transport, with around 90%, followed by rail. ​

Competitive Landscape

The report covers the major players operating in the UK Freight and Logistics market. The freight and logistics market in the UK is fiercely competitive, fragmented in nature with the presence of many international and domestic companies. The top players in the segment include DHL, DPD, UPS among international players and, Clipper, Wincanton, ACS among domestic players.

In this environment, where profit margins are shrinking, road haulage operators have to be highly efficient and cost-effective, in order to remain profitable. ​Throughout Europe, and especially in the United Kingdom, there are thousands of road transport operators handling materials for retail, manufacturing, automotive, and construction industries. ​

E-commerce and digital platform have transformed the logistics sector largely due to the high presence of logistics companies which makes it easier for the consumer to order and get the product delivered.

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Brenntag UK & Ireland
  • Clipper Logistics Group
  • Eddie Stobart Logistics
  • Gist Ltd
  • Kinaxia Logistics Limited
  • Palletways

1 INTRODUCTION
1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
4 MARKET INSIGHTS
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Technological Trends
4.3 Government Regulations and Initiatives
4.4 Industry Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis
4.5 Insights on Freight Rates
4.6 Spotlight on E-Commerce Market (Regional trends of domestic as well as cross-border e-commerce, and key performance indicators will be provided)
4.7 Insights on Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) market (Market volume, Key Players, Future Outlook)
4.8 Brief on 3PL Market in Italy (market size and forecast, top players)
4.9 Spotlight on Free-trade zones (FTZs) and Special economic zones (SEZs)
4.10 Spotlight on Key Logistics Hubs and Cities? in the UK
4.11 Demand and Supply Analysis - Trucks, Drivers and Labor
4.12 Insights on Inter Modal Transportation
4.13 Effect of BREXIT on Europe and UK Logistics Markets
4.14 Brief on China - Europe Rail Freight Network and Importance of UK ( Current Freight Flows and Future Outlook)
4.15 Spotlight on Operating Costs and Fuel Costs
4.16 Impact of Covid-19 (Short-term and Long-term impact on the market and the economy)
5 MARKET DYNAMICS
5.1 Market Drivers
5.2 Market Restraints
5.3 Market Opportunities
5.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
5.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
5.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
5.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
6 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value )
6.1 By Function
6.1.1 Freight Transport
6.1.1.1 Road
6.1.1.2 Shipping and Inland Water
6.1.1.3 Air
6.1.1.4 Rail
6.1.2 Freight Forwarding
6.1.3 Warehousing
6.1.4 Value-added Services and Others
6.2 By End User
6.2.1 Manufacturing and Automotive
6.2.2 Oil and Gas, Mining, and Quarrying
6.2.3 Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry
6.2.4 Healthcare and Pharmaceutical
6.2.5 Construction
6.2.6 Distributive Trade (Wholesale and Retail)
6.2.7 Others (Telecommunications, chemicals, etc.)
7 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
7.1 Market Concentration Overview
7.2 Company Profiles
7.2.1 DPD
7.2.2 DHL
7.2.3 UPS
7.2.4 Wincanton PLC
7.2.5 Kuehne + Nagel International AG
7.2.6 BulkHaul
7.2.7 XPO Logistics
7.2.8 Hermes
7.2.9 Turners (Soham) Limited
7.2.10 Fedex Uk
7.2.11 Maritime Transport
7.2.12 Eddie Stobart Logistics PLC
7.2.13 DSV Group
7.2.14 Clipper Logistics Group
7.2.15 Palletways
7.2.16 Allport Cargo Services, ACS
7.2.17 Great Bear Distribution
7.2.18 Gist Ltd
7.2.19 W H Malcolm Ltd
7.2.20 Eddie Stobart Logistics*
7.2.21 Other Companies (CEVA Logistics, Davis Turner, Yusen logistics, P&O FERRYMASTERS, GEFCO UK, City Sprint UK, Menzies Distribution, Brenntag UK & Ireland, Gregory Distribution (Holdings), Fowler Welch, Hoyer Petrolog UK, C M Downton (Haulage Contractors) Ltd, Kinaxia Logistics Limited, Pentalver Transport*)
8 FUTURE OUTLOOK OF THE MARKET
9 APPENDIX
9.1 GDP Distribution, by Activity and Region
9.2 Insight into Capital Flows (investments by sector)
9.3 Economic Statistics - Transport and Storage Sector
9.4 External Trade Statistics - Export and Import, by Product
9.5 Insight into Key Export Destinations
9.6 Insight into Key Import Origin Countries
9.7 List of Prospective Clients for Logistics Service Providers
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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • DPD
  • DHL
  • UPS
  • Wincanton PLC
  • Kuehne + Nagel International AG
  • BulkHaul
  • XPO Logistics
  • Hermes
  • Turners (Soham) Limited
  • Fedex Uk
  • Maritime Transport
  • Eddie Stobart Logistics PLC
  • DSV Group
  • Clipper Logistics Group
  • Palletways
  • Allport Cargo Services, ACS
  • Great Bear Distribution
  • Gist Ltd
  • W H Malcolm Ltd
  • Eddie Stobart Logistics
  • CEVA Logistics
  • Davis Turner Yusen logistics
  • P&O FERRYMASTERS
  • GEFCO UK
  • City Sprint UK
  • Menzies Distribution
  • Brenntag UK & Ireland
  • Gregory Distribution (Holdings)
  • Fowler Welch
  • Hoyer Petrolog UK
C M Downton (Haulage Contractors) Ltd
Kinaxia Logistics Limited
Pentalver Transport
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