France cold chain logistics market is expected to witness a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 3.9% during the forecast period of 2021-2026. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the cold chain logistics business, and many participants in the French cold chain logistics are facing many challenges and uncertainties. France leads Europe with the largest number of industrial and logistics projects. The "Logistics Plan for 2025" aims to improve the infrastructure to enhance the intramodality of the transportation network while simplifying the administrative management of the supply chain.
The logistics market has proven itself to be highly resilient in 2020 and has proven its importance to the economy. The accelerated growth of e-commerce, the key role in consumer retail during the first lockdown period and later in the vaccination campaign (storage, vaccine delivery, etc.) can explain the robust performance of the cold chain logistics industry.
The location of warehouses close to consumption and employment distribution areas is still critical to optimizing the entire supply chain. It is expected that increased automation in cold storage warehouses will further increase demand. Warehouse automation includes cloud technology, robotics, conveyor belts, truck loading automation and energy management. When transporting and storing temperature-sensitive products, refrigerated storage has become an integral part of supply chain management (SCM). In addition, the growth of trade in perishable products is also expected to help increase the demand for cold storage solutions in the next few years.
Key Market Trends
Boost in Ecommerce Sales Providing Growth to the Logistics Sector
The country has a population of 65.1 million, 68% of which are Internet users, and the country currently ranks the fifth largest country in the world for online sales. There are more than 120,000 active e-commerce sites in France. The most visited online store in the country is Amazon, which has more than 15 million unique visitors every month. Other large online companies include Cdiscount, eBay, Fnac, and Priceminister. Fashion is the most popular product category, while retailers La Redoute and 3 Suisses are among the largest fashion companies in French e-commerce. The growth of the e-commerce market is pushing the cold chain logistics industry to reach a new level of growth. The country’s logistics and express companies are implementing major expansion plans at major airports to expand cargo handling capacity. The main capacity expansion plans include the construction of logistics and warehouse infrastructure around key airports such as Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy on the outskirts of Paris. Over the years, with the continuous development to ease the delivery process and transportation process at the airport, the price of air transportation has been reduced, making air transportation more conducive to the import and export of logistics companies.
The Impact of COVID-19 is Expected to Accelerate the Pace of E-commerce
In Europe, online retail penetration peaked during the lockdown period in April 2020. Despite the usual Black Friday, Single's Day, and pre-Christmas online sales boom, online penetration was on par with the levels seen in the first wave. According to the Retail Research Center’s forecast, the impact of COVID-19 is expected to accelerate the transition to e-commerce by about 12 months, although the adverse effects of the second wave may amplify this impact. But, of course, this is the amount of online retail, not just the proportion, which will boost the logistics user market. If overall consumer spending drops significantly, absolute online retail sales may fall. Government policies and vaccine distribution will affect the speed of changes in consumer behavior.
The cold chain logistics industry is quite fragmented, with many players existing in the freight and logistics market. With the increasing E-commerce market and developing infrastructure plans, the French economy has potential for growth and opportunities for fresh players to penetrate the market. Major players are Sofrilog, IRIS Logistics, XPO Logistics, Mutual Logistics, and Kuehne + Nagel.
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Table of Contents
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Scope of the Study
2.2 Research Phases
4.2 Market Dynamics
4.3 Technological Trends and Automation
4.4 Government Regulations and Initiatives
4.5 Industry Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis
4.6 Spotlight on Ambient/Temperature-controlled Storage
4.7 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.8 Impact of Emission Standards and Regulations on Cold Chain Industry
4.9 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market
5.1.3 Value-added Services (Blast Freezing, Labeling, Inventory Management, etc.)
5.2 By Temperature Type
5.3 By Application
5.3.1 Horticulture (Fresh Fruits & Vegetables)
5.3.2 Dairy Products (Milk, Ice-cream, Butter, etc.)
5.3.3 Meats & Fish
5.3.4 Processed Food Products
5.3.5 Pharma, Life Sciences, and Chemicals
5.3.6 Other Applications
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.2 IRIS Logistics
6.2.3 XPO Logistics
6.2.4 Mutual Logistics
6.2.5 Kuehne + Nagel
6.2.6 Stef Logistique
6.2.7 Olano Logistique
6.2.9 Kloosterboer Harnes
8.2 External Trade Statistics - Exports and Imports, by Product
A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:
- IRIS Logistics
- XPO Logistics
- Mutual Logistics
- Kuehne + Nagel
- Stef Logistique
- Olano Logistique
- Kloosterboer Harnes