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Market Segmentation

  • Road freight
  • Rail freight
  • Port (marine) freight
  • Air freight

Company Profiles

  • CEVA Logistics (formerly TNT Logistics)
  • DHL Supply Chain
  • Eddie Stobart
  • HOYER Petrolog UK (Formerly HOYER UK Limited)
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • Wincanton Holdings

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Lewis Cone, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

The industry relies on being proactive and adaptable to meet the challenges and demands of the supply chain customer and the online customer. However, many providers operate on tight margins and could still benefit from being more innovative Lewis Cone
Senior B2B Analyst

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Covered in this Report
      • Executive Summary

          • The market
            • Growth starts to slow in 2019 amid continued uncertainty
              • Figure 1: UK logistical services market value, 2015-2019, (£ billion)
            • Road freight remains the main driver of value growth
              • Figure 2: UK logistical services market segmentation, by type, 2019, (£ billion)
            • Slower growth expected until 2024
              • Figure 3: UK logistical services market value forecast, 2020-2024, (£ billion at 2019 prices)
            • Companies and brands
              • What we think
              • Issues and Insights

                • Customer demand and preference for ‘greener’ logistical services means those unwilling to adapt may lose business
                  • The facts
                    • The implications
                      • Despite its emergence as a vital source of business, some providers are not maximising the opportunities provided by e-commerce
                        • The facts
                          • The implications
                          • The Market – What You Need to Know

                            • Growth starts to slow in 2019 amid continued uncertainty
                              • Road freight remains the main driver of value growth
                                • Slower growth expected until 2024
                                • Market Size

                                  • Growth starts to slow in 2019 amid continued uncertainty
                                      • Figure 4: UK logistical services market value, 2015-2019, (£ billion)
                                  • Market Segmentation

                                    • Road freight remains the main driver of value growth
                                      • Figure 5: UK logistical services market segmentation, by type, 2015-2019, (£ billion)
                                    • Road freight
                                      • Market sees improvement in goods lifted and moved in 2018
                                          • Figure 6: Annual road freight transport in the UK, 2014-18, (million tonnes lifted, billion tonnes kilometres moved and vehicle million kilometres travelled)
                                        • Level of international road freight rises for third consecutive year in 2018
                                          • Figure 7: Annual international road freight transport by UK-registered vehicles, 2014-18, (million tonnes lifted and billion tonne kilometres moved)
                                        • Small annual increase in the amount of goods lifted in 2018…
                                          • Figure 8: Annual goods lifted in the UK, 2014-18, by commodity group, (million tonnes)
                                          • Figure 9: Annual goods lifted in the UK, 2014-18, by region and country of origin, (million tonnes)
                                        • ...with the volume of goods lifted both outward from and inward to the UK by UK-registered vehicles also rising in 2018
                                          • Figure 10: Annual goods lifted outward from and inward to the UK by UK-registered vehicles, 2014-18, by commodity group, (000 tonnes)
                                        • International goods lifted outward from and inward to the UK by foreign-registered vehicles declines in 2017
                                          • Figure 11: International goods lifted outward from and inward to the UK by foreign-registered HGVs, 2013-17, by European country, (000 tonnes unloaded in the UK)
                                        • Small 3% rise in goods moved in the UK in 2018
                                          • Figure 12: Annual goods moved in the UK, 2014-18, by commodity group, (billion tonne kilometres)
                                          • Figure 13: Annual goods moved in the UK, 2014-18, by region and country of origin, (million tonne kilometres)
                                        • International performance improves in 2018
                                          • Figure 14: Annual goods moved outward from and inward to the UK by UK-registered Vehicles, 2014-18, by commodity group, (million tonne kilometres)
                                        • Port (marine) freight
                                          • Port freight traffic rises for first time since 2014
                                            • Figure 15: UK port freight traffic, by major and minor ports, 2014-2018, (000 tonnes)
                                            • Figure 16: International and domestic major and minor port freight traffic, by traffic direction, 2014-2018, (million tonnes)
                                          • Rise in container and roll-on and off traffic drives growth in major port traffic
                                            • Figure 17: UK major port traffic, by commodity group, 2014-2018, (000 tonnes)
                                          • Grimsby and Immingham represents busiest UK port in terms of tonnage
                                            • Figure 18: Major UK ports, top 10, by total tonnage, 2017 and 2018, (000 tonnes and % of total UK tonnage)
                                          • Number of vessels arriving at UK ports falls to a five-year low in 2018
                                            • Figure 19: Number of ship arrivals at UK ports, by type and deadweight, 2018, (number of vessels)
                                          • UK interest in large trading ships falls in 2018
                                            • Figure 20: UK interest in trading ships of 100 gross tonnes and over, by type of interest, 2014-2018, (deadweight million tonnage)
                                          • Non-trading vessels most commonly owned by the UK, but UK-owned ‘other’ dry cargo vessels carry the most freight
                                            • Figure 21: UK-owned vessels of 100 gross tonnes and over, by type, at 31 December 2017 and 2018, (number of vessels and gross tonnage in 000 tonnes)
                                          • Rail freight
                                            • Freight train movements rise for first time in five years
                                              • Figure 22: Great Britain freight train movements, 2014-2018, (number)
                                            • Mass of freight goods rises for first time in five years
                                              • Figure 23: Mass of freight goods carried on the rail network, by type of good, 2014/15-2018/19, (million tonnes)
                                            • Volume of freight moved on rail network rises for first time since 2013
                                              • Figure 24: Amount of freight moved on the rail network, by type, 2014/15 and 2018/19, (% of total billion net tonne kilometres)
                                            • DB Cargo UK travels furthest for freight means
                                              • Figure 25: Actual freight train kilometres on Network Rail infrastructure, by operator, 2014-2018, (million kilometres)
                                            • The number of lorry journeys saved by rail freight peaked in 2014, but distance travelled has since declined
                                              • Figure 26: Impact of rail freight on road haulage, 2013-2017, (number of equivalent HGV lorry journeys in millions and equivalent distance travelled in billion kilometres)
                                            • Air freight
                                              • Air freight market marks review period high in 2018
                                                • Figure 27: UK air freight, by aircraft configuration and area, 2014-2018, (tonnes)
                                            • Market Forecast

                                                • Slower growth expected until 2024
                                                  • Figure 28: UK logistical services market value forecast, 2020-2024, (£ billion at 2019 prices)
                                                • Rail freight to grow by greatest proportion
                                                  • Figure 29: UK logistical services market segmentation forecast, by type, 2019-2023, (£ billion at 2018 prices)
                                                • Some logistics companies expected to become retailers
                                                  • Container booking platforms could help ease ‘pain’ points for shipping lines
                                                  • The Impact of the Economy

                                                    • Annual GDP growth falls to six-year low in 2018 and continues to fall in 2019
                                                      • Figure 30: Annual GDP growth rate, 2015 – 2019*, (% change)
                                                  • Market Trends

                                                      • Latest industry confidence index reaches all-time low
                                                        • Companies starting to proactively fight against skills shortage
                                                          • UK is home to the third most ‘attractive’ logistics market…
                                                            • … which is driving strong demand for warehouse space
                                                              • Other trends
                                                                • Second consecutive annual decline in the percentage of vehicles running empty
                                                                  • Figure 31: Vehicle percentage empty running, 2014-18, by type and weight of vehicle, (%)
                                                                • Average haul length on the rise, despite slight decline in the haul length of articulated vehicles
                                                                  • Figure 32: Average length of haul, 2014-18, by type of vehicle, (kilometres)
                                                              • Market Drivers

                                                                • Lack of definitive Brexit direction still disrupting industry plans
                                                                  • Retail sales continue to grow, but at a slower rate
                                                                    • Figure 33: Retail sales trends, January 2017 – October 2019, (percentage volume change on same month in previous year, seasonally-adjusted)
                                                                  • Diesel prices rise in 2019, while fuel duty remains frozen
                                                                    • Figure 34: Typical retail cost of fuel and the fuel duty level in the UK, 2015-19*, (pence per litre)
                                                                    • Figure 35: European petrol prices, 2019, (€ per litre)
                                                                    • Figure 36: European diesel prices, 2019, (€ per litre)
                                                                • Companies and Brands – What You Need to Know

                                                                  • Wincanton launches VAST to list available warehouse storage space and help improve sustainability
                                                                    • DHL launches comparison and booking site for air and ocean freight services
                                                                    • Industry Structure

                                                                      • Industry development
                                                                        • DPD Group leads list of top providers, whilst others look to increase market share
                                                                          • Industry M&A and other major deals
                                                                            • Changes in the structure of the industry
                                                                                • Figure 37: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the freight transport by rail industry, 2015-2019, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                • Figure 38: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the freight transport by road industry, 2015-2019, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                • Figure 39: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the removal services industry, 2015-2019, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                • Figure 40: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the sea and coastal freight water transport industry, 2015-2019, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                • Figure 41: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the freight transport by inland waterway industry, 2015-2019, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                • Figure 42: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the freight transport by air industry, 2015-2019, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                • Figure 43: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the operation of warehousing and storage facilities industry, 2015-2019, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                • Figure 44: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the services incidental to water transportation industry, 2015-2019, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                • Figure 45: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the cargo handling industry, 2015-2019, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                • Figure 46: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the other transportation support activities industry, 2015-2019, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                              • Structure by employment
                                                                                • Figure 47: Analysis of the employment structure of the freight transport by rail industry, 2018 and 2019, (number of outlets and outlet employment size)
                                                                                • Figure 48: Analysis of the employment structure of the freight transport by road industry, 2018 and 2019, (number of outlets and outlet employment size)
                                                                                • Figure 49: Analysis of the employment structure of the removal services industry, 2018 and 2019, (number of outlets and outlet employment size)
                                                                                • Figure 50: Analysis of the employment structure of the sea and coastal freight water transport industry, 2018 and 2019, (number of outlets and outlet employment size)
                                                                                • Figure 51: Analysis of the employment structure of the freight transport by inland waterway industry, 2018 and 2019, (number of outlets and outlet employment size)
                                                                                • Figure 52: Analysis of the employment structure of the freight transport by air industry, 2018 and 2019, (number of outlets and outlet employment size)
                                                                                • Figure 53: Analysis of the employment structure of the operation of warehousing and storage facilities industry, 2018 and 2019, (number of outlets and outlet employment size)
                                                                                • Figure 54: Analysis of the employment structure of the services incidental to water transportation industry, 2018 and 2019, (number of outlets and outlet employment size)
                                                                                • Figure 55: Analysis of the employment structure of the cargo handling industry, 2018 and 2019, (number of outlets and outlet employment size)
                                                                                • Figure 56: Analysis of the employment structure of the other transportation support activities industry, 2018 and 2019, (number of outlets and outlet employment size)
                                                                              • Structure by turnover
                                                                                • Figure 57: Analysis of the financial structure of the freight transport by rail industry, 2018 and 2019, (£ 000 and % of total turnover)
                                                                                • Figure 58: Analysis of the financial structure of the freight transport by road industry, 2018 and 2019, (£ 000 and % of total turnover)
                                                                                • Figure 59: Analysis of the financial structure of the removal services industry, 2018 and 2019, (£ 000 and % of total turnover)
                                                                                • Figure 60: Analysis of the financial structure of the sea and coastal freight water transport industry, 2018 and 2019, (£ 000 and % of total turnover)
                                                                                • Figure 61: Analysis of the financial structure of the freight transport by inland waterway industry, 2018 and 2019, (£ 000 and % of total turnover)
                                                                                • Figure 62: Analysis of the financial structure of the freight transport by air industry, 2018 and 2019, (£ 000 and % of total turnover)
                                                                                • Figure 63: Analysis of the financial structure of the operation of warehousing and storage facilities industry, 2018 and 2019, (£ 000 and % of total turnover)
                                                                                • Figure 64: Analysis of the financial structure of the services incidental to water transportation industry, 2018 and 2019, (£ 000 and % of total turnover)
                                                                                • Figure 65: Analysis of the financial structure of the cargo handling industry, 2018 and 2019, (£ 000 and % of total turnover)
                                                                                • Figure 66: Analysis of the financial structure of the other transportation support activities industry, 2018 and 2019, (£ 000 and % of total turnover)
                                                                            • Competitive Strategies

                                                                              • Wincanton launches VAST to list available warehouse storage space and help improve sustainability
                                                                                • DHL Supply Chain upgrades and increases its fleet size
                                                                                  • Kuehne + Nagel launches first online solution with a guaranteed lead time
                                                                                    • DHL launches comparison and booking site for air and ocean freight services
                                                                                    • Company Profiles

                                                                                      • CEVA Logistics
                                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                                          • Financial information
                                                                                            • Figure 67: Financial analysis of CEVA Logistics, 2014-18, (£ million)
                                                                                          • DHL Supply Chain
                                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                                              • Financial information
                                                                                                • Figure 68: Financial analysis of DHL Supply Chain, 2014-18, (£ million)
                                                                                              • Eddie Stobart
                                                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                                                  • Financial information
                                                                                                    • Figure 69: Financial analysis of Eddie Stobart, 2013-17, (£ million)
                                                                                                  • Hoyer Petrolog
                                                                                                    • Recent company activity
                                                                                                      • Financial information
                                                                                                        • Figure 70: Financial analysis of Hoyer Petrolog Limited UK, 2014-18, (£ million)
                                                                                                      • Kuehne + Nagel
                                                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                                                          • Financial information
                                                                                                            • Figure 71: Financial analysis of Kuehne + Nagel, 2014-18, (£ million)
                                                                                                          • Wincanton Holdings
                                                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                                                              • Financial information
                                                                                                                • Figure 72: Financial analysis of Wincanton Holdings, 2014-18, (£ million)
                                                                                                            • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                                                                • Abbreviations
                                                                                                                  • Methodology
                                                                                                                  • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                                    • Trade associations
                                                                                                                      • Trade magazines
                                                                                                                        • Trade events

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                                                                                                                          Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

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