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Road Haulage - UK - February 2015

"Falling fuel prices in 2014 provided much needed relief for hauliers, whose margins remain thin - if a little healthier than in previous years. Modest economic growth is expected in 2015, but trading conditions will stay highly competitive."

– Ben Harris, Industrial Analyst

This report addresses the following key questions facing road hauliers in the industry:

  • What growth strategy is optimal in current market conditions?
  • How can hauliers address the shortage of drivers in the industry?
  • What is happening to haulage rates and how are they likely to move in 2015?
  • What end-use sectors are expected to generate demand in the coming year?
  • How has the introduction of the HGV Road User Levy impacted the market?

Falling fuel prices in 2014 provided much needed relief for hauliers, whose margins remain thin - if a little healthier than in previous years. However, the driver shortage that was foreseen a year ago has begun to bite, with rising wages affecting costs. Furthermore, while an improvement in economic conditions has not helped resolve the industry’s difficulties in ensuring prompt payment from customers. Modest economic growth is expected in 2015, but trading conditions will stay highly competitive. By focusing on recruitment, investing in staff retention and improving bid management planning, operators can increase their chances of organic growth in business volume growths.

For the purpose of this report, the following definitions are used.

  • Contract distribution, also referred to as logistics, represents the main part of the market. This includes haulage, and often warehousing services, by third party road haulage companies, which can be either contracted by product suppliers or distributors.
  • Unlike contract distribution, shared-user distribution involves the provision of facilities to multiple customers rather than dedicated customers. This allows smaller companies access to facilities that may not otherwise be economically viable, while allowing road haulage operators the opportunity to utilise excess capacity, thereby improving productivity.
  • Distinction is made between public haulage by a third party and own account where the vehicles are owned by the company whose goods are being transported.

Volumes of goods transported are measured in two ways: goods lifted and goods moved. The goods lifted are measured in the total tonnage of loads carried, while goods moved are quantified in tonne kilometres. This is a measure of freight moved that combines the volume lifted with the distance over which it is hauled. A load of 25 tonnes transported over a distance of 100 kilometres is therefore represented as 2,500 tonne kilometres.

With such a high level of industry fragmentation it is not possible to review all the companies in a report of this type. This report is not a directory of industry participants, and the following provides a synopsis of some of the operators selected as being representative of a cross sample of types of operator rather than necessarily the largest industry participants.

 

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: Total annual road freight transport in the UK, 2010-14
        • Figure 2: Annual international road freight transport to/from the UK, by type, 201014
        • Figure 3: Forecast total annual road freight transport in the UK, 2015-19
      • Market factors
        • Figure 4: Retail sales trends, 2013-14
        • Figure 5: Practical large goods vehicles tests, 2010-14
        • Figure 6: UK heavy goods vehicle registrations, by type of vehicle, 2010-14
      • Companies
        • Gregory’s incremental expansion continues
          • NFT primed for growth follow private equity takeover
            • What we think
            • Introduction

              • Issues in the market
                • Definitions
                  • Methodology
                    • Abbreviations
                      • Market positioning
                        • The customer
                          • The supplier
                          • UK Economy

                            • Overview
                              • Inflation
                                • Interest rates
                                  • House prices
                                    • Consumer spending
                                      • Manufacturing
                                        • Business investment
                                          • Imports
                                            • Exports
                                            • Market Factors

                                              • Key points
                                                • Growth across economy supports haulage volumes
                                                  • Figure 7: GDP growth in the UK, by sector, 2012-14
                                                • Retail sales volumes have been climbing
                                                  • Figure 8: Retail sales trends, 2013-14
                                                • Fuel prices falling but competitive disadvantage persists
                                                  • Figure 9: Typical retail cost of fuel and fuel duty level in the UK, 2010-14
                                                  • Figure 10: European petrol and diesel prices, 2014
                                                • Investment allowance to drive further outright purchases
                                                  • Industry waiting for road user levy impact on competitiveness
                                                    • Eurozone difficulties impacting international freight volumes
                                                    • Market Size

                                                      • Key points
                                                        • Competition and supply chain efficiency driving industry changes
                                                            • Figure 11: Total annual road freight transport in the UK, 2010-14
                                                          • Heavy goods vehicle parc returns to growth in 2014
                                                            • Figure 12: Heavy goods vehicle parc in Great Britain, 2010-14
                                                        • Market Segmentation

                                                          • Key points
                                                            • Inbound freight volumes up in 2014 while cabotage increased rapidly
                                                              • Figure 13: Annual international road freight transport to/from the UK, by type, 2010-14
                                                            • Grocery retailers continue dominance in freight volumes...
                                                              • Figure 14: Total annual road freight transport in the UK, by type of consignment, 2014
                                                            • ...while third party haulage business grew in 2014
                                                              • Figure 15: Total annual road freight transport in the UK, by type of ownership, 2010-14
                                                          • Market Trends

                                                            • Key points
                                                              • Fleet investment declines following exceptional 2013
                                                                • Figure 16: UK heavy goods vehicle registrations, by type of vehicle, 2010-14
                                                              • Driver shortage causing cost headache for hauliers...
                                                                • Figure 17: Practical large goods vehicles tests, 2010-14
                                                              • ...while road freight rates have shown minimal growth
                                                                • Figure 18: UK transportation and storage price indices, 2012-14
                                                              • More acquisitions eyed on the road ahead
                                                                • Cabotage liberalisation plans remain on hold as Commission term ends
                                                                • Industry Structure

                                                                  • Key points
                                                                    • Industry development
                                                                        • Figure 19: Corporate liquidations and insolvency procedures in land-based transport sector, 2010-14
                                                                      • Polarisation of small and large operators continues
                                                                        • Figure 20: Total goods vehicle operator licenses in issue, in Great Britain, 2010-14
                                                                      • Structure by turnover
                                                                        • Figure 21: Analysis of the financial structure of the road haulage sector, 2014
                                                                      • Structure by employment
                                                                        • Figure 22: Analysis of the employment structure of the road haulage sector, 2014
                                                                    • Canute Distribution

                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                          • Figure 23: Financial analysis of Canute Distribution, 2009-13
                                                                      • Ceva Logistics

                                                                          • Recent company activity
                                                                            • Figure 24: Financial analysis of CEVA Logistics, 2009-13
                                                                        • CM Downton

                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                              • Figure 25: Financial analysis of CM Downton, 2009-13
                                                                          • DHL Supply Chain

                                                                              • Recent company activity
                                                                                • Figure 26: Financial analysis of DHL Supply Chain, 2009-13
                                                                            • Eddie Stobart

                                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                                  • Figure 27: Financial analysis of Eddie Stobart, 2010-14
                                                                              • Gregory Distribution

                                                                                  • Recent company activity
                                                                                    • Figure 28: Financial analysis of Gregory Distribution, 2009-13
                                                                                • Kuehne + Nagel

                                                                                    • Recent company activity
                                                                                      • Figure 29: Financial analysis of Kuehne + Nagel, 2009-13
                                                                                  • NFT Distribution Holdings

                                                                                      • Recent company activity
                                                                                        • Figure 30: Financial analysis of NFT Distribution Holdings, 2010-14
                                                                                    • Norbert Dentressangle Transport Uk

                                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                                          • Figure 31: Financial analysis of Norbert Dentressangle Transport UK, 2009-13
                                                                                      • Wincanton Holdings

                                                                                          • Recent company activity
                                                                                            • Figure 32: Financial analysis of Wincanton Holdings, 2010-14
                                                                                        • Forecast

                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                            • Caution over growth forecast for 2015
                                                                                              • Figure 33: Forecast annual road freight transport in the UK, 2015-19
                                                                                            • Eurozone troubles to reduce export demand in short term
                                                                                              • Figure 34: Forecast annual international road freight transport to/from the UK, by type, 2015-19
                                                                                            • Recruitment, bidding processes and specialist acquisitions to take focus
                                                                                            • Further Sources & Contacts

                                                                                                • Trade magazines

                                                                                                Companies Covered

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                                                                                                Road Haulage - UK - February 2015

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