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Apparel Logistics - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts 2020 - 2029

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  • 150 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5552613
The Apparel Logistics Market size is estimated at USD 138.62 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 191.35 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 6.66% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Rapid replenishment cycles of the apparel industry are the main factor driving the market's growth. From retailers to manufacturers, apparel supply chains compete strongly to provide the latest trends and the best customer experience. Meanwhile, changing consumer expectations and fulfillment models pressure apparel businesses.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused lockdowns, line limitations, and breakdown of transportation organizations across regions. With the rapidly increasing cases, the overall apparel logistics market is being influenced from multiple points of view. The accessibility of the labor force is disturbing the inventory network of the apparel logistics market, as the lockdowns and the spread of the infection are forcing individuals to remain indoors.

Many leading fashion retailers have embraced the concept of performing multi-channel distribution within a single facility with a single information system, achieving dramatic improvements in labor productivity and inventory optimization. The apparel marketplace is evolving and reinventing itself regularly. New sales channels are being developed, requiring companies to continuously evaluate and remodel their logistics and transportation networks.

The global apparel industry is extremely dynamic due to the ever-changing fashion trends. Due to the intense competition, apparel companies are implementing new technologies, such as data analytics and AI. The apparel industry has massive outsourcing operations that provide logistics players with considerable opportunities in domestic and international operations, making it a highly competitive industry. Any disruption in the supply chain leads to a huge loss for apparel companies. Thus, to have a minimal impact on their supply chain, apparel companies usually prefer outsourcing their operations to logistics players.

Apparel Logistics Market Trends

Growing Online Apparel Sales and Changing Consumer Behavior

In June 2021, the fast-fashion e-commerce site, shein.com, was the most visited in the fashion and apparel category worldwide, accounting for 3.29% of desktop traffic. The e-commerce portal of the Swedish clothing retailer HM ranked second, with 1.75% visits. In 2020 and 2021, online apparel retail sites experienced a sales increase due to their digital market presence. This effect has fuelled changes in the approach of the market players, which may be expected to continue in the coming years, with more emphasis on the growth of e-commerce, mobile shopping, and meeting ever-rising expectations of personalization among customers.

Based on the yearly percentage growth in terms of website traffic, shein.com emerged as the leading fast-fashion retailer website in the United States in Q4 2020. While consumers frequently visit websites to compare prices and products, global online platforms plan to expand their fashion brand partnerships and develop additional engagement methods to stay competitive in the digital shopping space. To handle the growing online orders, third-party logistics companies are absorbing millions of sq. ft of space and letting it out to consumer goods, e-commerce, manufacturing, and apparel companies.

Growing Apparel Market Boosting the Growth of Apparel Logistics

Revenue generated by the apparel market steadily increased through the study period. In 2020, the market revenue was approximately USD 1.46 trillion. Consumer technology brands have long targeted online shoppers in Australia, Japan, and South Korea. However, brands in the apparel and beauty sectors are also targeting other regions. Hence, brands may continue focusing on localization and catering to millennial customers who are the key buyers of these products.

The Y-o-Y growth rate for apparel and footwear experienced severe losses in 2020. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, growth declined by a total of over 10%. Sporting goods and mass/club retail grew in 2020. Global sports apparel and footwear brands like Nike and Adidas are ditching other regions and increasing their production in emerging Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, offering a positive outlook for transportation companies and other third-party logistics service providers.

Apparel Logistics Industry Overview

The apparel logistics market is fragmented with the presence of large global players and small- and medium-sized local players. Some of the key players occupy most of the market share. Most global logistics players have a retail and apparel logistics division to meet the market needs and demand. Additionally, local players are increasingly enhancing their capabilities in terms of fleet size, service offerings, products handled, and technology. The surging e-commerce sales are creating opportunities and challenges for logistics companies in terms of speed, delivery, etc. Global companies with high capital and assets can invest in advanced storage spaces and fulfillment centers and benefit from this scenario. On the other hand, regional and local players are coming up with better sector solutions to support the needs of the production companies and retailers.

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Table of Contents

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
4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.5 Government Regulations and Initiatives
4.6 Spotlight on Global Logistics Sector
4.7 Brief on Global Apparel Industry
4.8 Spotlight - Effect of E-commerce on Traditional Apparel Logistics Supply Chain
4.9 Review and Commentary on Return Logistics
4.10 Effect of Apparel Industry's Fast Replenishment Cycles on the Logistics Market
4.11 Spotlight on the Demand for Contract Logistics and Integrated Logistics
4.12 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market
5.1 By Service
5.1.1 Transportation
5.1.2 Warehousing, and Inventory Management
5.1.3 Other Value-added Services
5.2 By Geography
5.2.1 Asia-Pacific China Japan India South Korea ASEAN Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.2.2 North America United States Canada Brazil Mexico Rest of Americas
5.2.3 Europe United Kingdom Germany Italy Spain France Rest of Europe
5.2.4 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa
6.1 By Supply Chain Process
6.1.1 Production Logistics
6.1.2 Sales Logistics
6.1.3 Reverse Logistics
6.2 By Nature of Service
6.2.1 Enterprise Logistics
6.2.2 Third-party Logistics
6.2.3 E-commerce logistics and Instant Delivery
7 INSIGHTS ON GLOBAL MAJOR FASHION RETAILERS (Company Overview, Product Portfolio, Logistics Partner, Etc.)
7.1 Inditex (ZARA)
7.2 H&M
7.3 Fast Retailing Co. Ltd
7.4 Gap Inc.
7.5 Anta
7.6 L Brands Inc.
7.7 PVH Corp.
7.8 Ralph Lauren Corporation*
8.1 Overview (Market Concentration, Major Players)
8.2 Company Profiles
8.2.1 Ceva Logistics
8.2.2 DB Schenker
8.2.3 Deutsche Post DHL Group
8.2.4 DSV
8.2.5 Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
8.2.6 Apparel Logistics Group Inc.
8.2.7 Logwin AG
8.2.8 PVS Fulfillment-Service GmbH
8.2.9 Bollore Logistics
8.2.10 GAC Group
8.2.11 Nippon Express
8.2.12 Genex Logistics
8.2.13 Expeditors International of Washington Inc.
8.2.14 Agility Logistics
8.2.15 BGROUP SRL*

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ceva Logistics
  • DB Schenker
  • Deutsche Post DHL Group
  • DSV
  • Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
  • Apparel Logistics Group Inc.
  • Logwin AG
  • PVS Fulfillment-Service GmbH
  • Bollore Logistics
  • GAC Group
  • Nippon Express
  • Genex Logistics
  • Expeditors International of Washington Inc.
  • Agility Logistics