The Contract Logistics sector in Italy, over the past few years, is experiencing a positive trend and data is more and more encouraging.
In 2017, with an expected turnover of about € 80 billion, it shows an increase of + 1.8% compared to the previous year, as well as a consolidation of the outsourcing of logistics, which today stands at around 40%, having gained ground back from 2015.
Although the incidence and type of outsourcing differ according to the industrial sectors, Italy experiences a concrete increase in the duration of Strategic Outsourcing contracts, which include warehousing, transport and distribution activities.
The approach aims at greater collaboration and exchange between customers and suppliers; both parties work together for the continuous improvement of performance and for a substantial reduction in costs.
Focused on efficiency of the supply chain, both customers and logistics providers now act in synergy, implement green solutions with reduced environmental impact and develop cutting-edge technologies.
In addition to the latest trends of LNG-powered vehicles and lithium-ion technology applied to material handling equipment, the evolution of Contract Logistics in Italy is experiencing a digital revolution and the integration with the Internet of Things (IoT), that is progressively redesigning the entire distribution chain.
The result of these factors is a favorable framework for 3PL suppliers, who can take advantage of flexibility as a key factor to drive change, thanks to a particular receptiveness towards the new standards of sustainability and digitalization of the supply chain. These are the necessary elements to structure logistics in the near future, with a view to highly customized solutions for the end consumer.