Europe Third Party Logistics (3PL) Market Outlook, 2028

The Europe Third-Party Logistics (3PL) market is expected to add more than USD 100 Billion from 2023-2028, due to rising technological adoption.

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The European third-party logistics (3PL) market is a dynamic and quickly evolving business that plays a critical role in supply chain management across the continent. Europe has one of the world's most developed 3PL markets, with industries ranging from automotive and pharmaceuticals to e-commerce and consumer goods all relying on 3PL providers to streamline their logistics operations and ensure the efficient movement of goods across the region. The large and highly integrated transportation infrastructure of Europe is one of the key drivers of the 3PL market. Europe has a well-connected network of roads, trains, waterways, and air transport that allows for the smooth movement of products across borders. This integrated infrastructure is very beneficial to 3PL providers, as they can offer a wide range of transportation solutions to their clients, optimizing routes and modes of transport to meet specific logistics needs. Growth in e-commerce has also been a big driver of the European 3PL business. The expansion of online retail, as well as rising consumer demand for quick and dependable delivery services, has driven e-commerce enterprises to seek the expertise of third-party logistics providers in last-mile delivery, inventory management, and warehousing. To fulfill the demands of this sector, these 3PL providers have adapted to the developing e-commerce scene by deploying innovative technology solutions such as route optimization and order tracking. In addition, the European 3PL sector benefits from the continent's emphasis on sustainability and environmentally friendly logistics solutions. With rising environmental consciousness, many organizations are aiming to reduce their carbon footprint by partnering with 3PL suppliers that offer green transportation choices. This has resulted in the development of environmentally friendly supply chain strategies, including the use of electric vehicles and efficient routing to minimize emissions. According to the research report, “Europe Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market Outlook, 2028” published by Bonafide Research, the market is expected to add more than USD 100 Billion from 2023-2028. The European 3PL market has embraced sophisticated technologies and digitalization with the introduction of tools such as the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and artificial intelligence. These technologies improve supply chain visibility, real-time tracking, and data analytics, enabling 3PL companies to provide more efficient and transparent services to their clients. Data-driven decision-making and predictive analytics are increasingly important for optimizing supply chain operations and lowering costs. The European Union's (EU) single market and customs union have greatly facilitated cross-border trade among EU member states. This has increased international commerce activity, and 3PL companies have played an important role in enabling the movement of commodities across European borders. Their knowledge of customs clearance, documentation, and compliance is critical for businesses engaging in cross-border trade. The rise of omni-channel retailing, in which customers expect seamless shopping experiences across online and offline channels, has put a premium on supply chains agility and responsiveness. 3PL providers have changed to help retailers achieve the inventory management, fulfillment, and last-mile delivery skills needed for a successful omni-channel strategy. Europe has a thriving healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical and medical device distribution necessitates careful adherence to laws, including good distribution practices. 3PL suppliers who are experienced in handling temperature-sensitive and highly regulated healthcare supplies are critical to guaranteeing the integrity and safety of these commodities. The European automotive industry relies on 3PL providers for just-in-time delivery of parts and components to manufacturing plants. Efficient supply chain management is essential to support automotive manufacturers, and 3PL providers specialize in optimizing the flow of materials and parts within the automotive sector.

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Based on report market is divided into six major countries Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Russia. Among them Germany is expected to lead the market of Europe third-party logistics market. The third-party logistics (3PL) market in Germany has witnessed remarkable expansion and transformation in recent years. This industry is crucial to the efficient management of supply chains for businesses across multiple industries. As one of Europe's largest economies, Germany controls a sizable portion of the European 3PL market. Germany is an attractive location for logistics and distribution operations due to its central location in Europe. It serves as a gateway to both Eastern and Western European markets, allowing for simple cross-border commodity transit. Germany is well-known for its thriving manufacturing industry, which comprises sectors such as automotive, equipment, and electronics. These sectors rely largely on third-party logistics companies to manage their complex and extensive supply chains. The third-party logistics industry is changing. The integration of IoT devices, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology is enhancing visibility and control over supply chains. Germany has Europe's largest and most robust economy. It produces enormous demand for logistics and supply chain services, including warehousing, distribution, and transportation, as an economic powerhouse. The country's manufacturing industry, which includes the automotive, equipment, and chemical industries, is significantly reliant on effective logistics solutions. Germany has an enormous network of roadways, trains, waterways, and air freight facilities, all of which are well-developed and integrated. This infrastructure facilitates efficient domestic and international freight transit. Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Duisburg are important logistics hubs with access to large ports, airports, and intermodal transportation connections. These logistics clusters make it easier to consolidate, distribute, and tranship commodities. Based on mode of transportation market is bifurcated into roadways, railways, waterways and airways. Among them roadways is major mode of transportation preferred by 3PL services providers. Furthermore, based on services market include domestic transportation management (DTM), international transportation management (ITM), dedicated contract carriage (DCC), warehousing & distribution (W&D), and value-added logistics by services (VAS).

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Manmayi Raval

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Europe has one of the world's most extensive and well-maintained road networks. The continent's road infrastructure consists of a wide network of freeways, national highways, and local roads that smoothly connect cities, regions, and countries. This integrated infrastructure gives 3PL providers the flexibility and accessibility they need to efficiently serve several locations. European countries are relatively close to one another, with several sharing land boundaries. Road transportation is a great route for short-distance and cross-border transportation, allowing 3PL providers to provide cost-effective and time-efficient intra-European logistics solutions. The utilization of road transportation allows for the creation of effective hub-and-spoke distribution networks. Strategic hubs or distribution centers linked by roadways can be established by 3PL providers, making it easier to combine, sort, and transport commodities to multiple locations. Europe is an area with extensive intra-European trade. Many items are transferred between European countries, and DTM services are critical for regulating the continent's product movement. 3PL suppliers have expertise in managing the difficulties of cross-border transportation and customs regulations, ensuring that items are moved efficiently. Many European enterprises use regional distribution networks to serve local markets. DTM services assist 3PL providers in optimizing their networks by providing services such as warehousing, inventory management, and dependable transportation between distribution centers and final delivery points. Cross-docking is a crucial aspect of DTM services, which entails unloading items from incoming trucks and loading them onto outbound vehicles with minimum storage in between. This procedure minimizes storage costs and transit delays, hence increasing supply. In terms of end-user industry market is segmented into manufacturing, healthcare, retailing, e-commerce, automotive, food & groceries, technological, and others. Among the manufacturing industry is major end user of third-party logistics in Europe and is predicted to lead the market as well. Several global industrial hubs can be found in Europe, mainly in Germany, France, and Italy. These hubs manufacture everything from vehicles to machinery and consumer items. 3PL suppliers facilitate the efficient transportation of raw materials as well as the distribution of finished goods inside and outside of Europe. Many European industries use JIT production concepts to cut inventory and carry costs. JIT relies on accurate logistics and transportation to ensure that components and parts arrive at the precise time required. 3PL providers play an important role in reaching these strict deadlines. Europe's manufacturing business includes a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, and medicines. Each of these industries has unique logistics needs, and 3PL providers specialize in designing their services to meet the unique demands of these industries. The manufacturing industry is heavily involved in international trade, both inside and outside of Europe. Many European firms export their products to markets all over the world, and 3PL providers provide extensive international logistics services such as customs clearance, cross-border shipping, and compliance management. 3PL providers are critical in assisting manufacturing organizations to optimize their processes and save expenses. 3PL services help to improve supply chain management by improving transportation, warehousing, and distribution.

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Companies Covered in this report: DHL, FedEx Corporation, CH Robinson, Nippon Express, Kerry Logistics Network Limited, Expeditors International, Maersk Logistics, DB Schenker, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Kuehne + Nagel, DSV. Considered in this report: • Geography: Europe • Historic year: 2017 • Base year: 2022 • Estimated year: 2023 • Forecast year: 2028 Aspects covered in this report: • Europe Third-Party Logistics (3PL) market Outlook with its value and forecast along with its segments • Country-wise Third-Party Logistics (3PL) market analysis • Various drivers and challenges • On-going trends and developments • Top profiled companies • Strategic recommendation Country covered in the report: • Germany • United Kingdom • France • Italy • Spain • Russia By Mode of Transport: • Roadways • Railways • Waterways • Airways By Services: • Domestic Transportation Management (DTM) • International transportation management (ITM) • Dedicated contract carriage (DCC) • Warehousing & Distribution (W&D) • Value-Added Logistics By Services (VAS) By End User: • Manufacturing • Healthcare • Retailing • Food & Groceries • Automotive • E-commerce • Technological • Others The approach of the report: This report consists of a combined approach of primary and secondary research. Initially, secondary research was used to get an understanding of the market and list the companies that are present in it. The secondary research consists of third-party sources such as press releases, annual reports of companies, and government-generated reports and databases. After gathering the data from secondary sources, primary research was conducted by conducting telephone interviews with the leading players about how the market is functioning and then conducting trade calls with dealers and distributors of the market. Post this; we have started making primary calls to consumers by equally segmenting them in regional aspects, tier aspects, age group, and gender. Once we have primary data with us, we can start verifying the details obtained from secondary sources. Intended audience: This report can be useful to industry consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, associations, and organisations related to the Third-Party Logistics (3PL) industry, government bodies, and other stakeholders to align their market-centric strategies. In addition to marketing and presentations, it will also increase competitive knowledge about the industry.

Companies Mentioned

  • FedEx Corporation
  • Nippon Express Co., Limited
  • Rhenus Group
  • C.H. Robinson
  • Kuehne + Nagel International AG
  • Maersk Logistics
  • DB Schenker
  • De Sammensluttede Vognmænd (DSV)
  • CMA CGM SA
  • Sinotrans Logistics company
  • J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
  • Geodis
  • Zeon Corporation

Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents
  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Market Dynamics
  • 2.1. Market Drivers & Opportunities
  • 2.2. Market Restraints & Challenges
  • 2.3. Market Trends
  • 2.4. Covid-19 Effect
  • 2.5. Supply chain Analysis
  • 2.6. Policy & Regulatory Framework
  • 2.7. Industry Experts Views
  • 3. Research Methodology
  • 3.1. Secondary Research
  • 3.2. Primary Data Collection
  • 3.3. Market Formation & Validation
  • 3.4. Report Writing, Quality Check & Delivery
  • 4. Market Structure
  • 4.1. Market Considerate
  • 4.2. Assumptions
  • 4.3. Limitations
  • 4.4. Abbreviations
  • 4.5. Sources
  • 4.6. Definitions
  • 5. Economic /Demographic Snapshot
  • 6. Global Third-Party Logistics Market Outlook
  • 6.1. Market Size By Value
  • 6.2. Market Share By Region
  • 6.3. Market Size and Forecast, By Geography
  • 6.4. Market Size and Forecast, By Mode of Transport
  • 6.5. Market Size and Forecast, By Services
  • 6.6. Market Size and Forecast, By End User
  • 7. Europe Third-Party Logistics Market Outlook
  • 7.1. Market Size By Value
  • 7.2. Market Share By Country
  • 7.3. Market Size and Forecast, By Mode of Transport
  • 7.4. Market Size and Forecast, By Services
  • 7.5. Market Size and Forecast, By End User
  • 7.6. Germany Third-Party Logistics Market Outlook
  • 7.6.1. Market Size By Value
  • 7.6.2. Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport
  • 7.6.3. Market Size and Forecast By Services
  • 7.6.4. Market Size and Forecast By End User
  • 7.7. United Kingdom Third-Party Logistics Market Outlook
  • 7.7.1. Market Size By Value
  • 7.7.2. Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport
  • 7.7.3. Market Size and Forecast By Services
  • 7.7.4. Market Size and Forecast By End User
  • 7.8. France Third-Party Logistics Market Outlook
  • 7.8.1. Market Size By Value
  • 7.8.2. Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport
  • 7.8.3. Market Size and Forecast By Services
  • 7.8.4. Market Size and Forecast By End User
  • 7.9. Italy Third-Party Logistics Market Outlook
  • 7.9.1. Market Size By Value
  • 7.9.2. Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport
  • 7.9.3. Market Size and Forecast By Services
  • 7.9.4. Market Size and Forecast By End User
  • 7.10. Spain Third-Party Logistics Market Outlook
  • 7.10.1. Market Size By Value
  • 7.10.2. Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport
  • 7.10.3. Market Size and Forecast By Services
  • 7.10.4. Market Size and Forecast By End User
  • 7.11. Russia Third-Party Logistics Market Outlook
  • 7.11.1. Market Size By Value
  • 7.11.2. Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport
  • 7.11.3. Market Size and Forecast By Services
  • 7.11.4. Market Size and Forecast By End User
  • 8. Competitive Landscape
  • 8.1. Competitive Dashboard
  • 8.2. Business Strategies Adopted by Key Players
  • 8.3. Key Players Market Share Insights and Analysis, 2022
  • 8.4. Key Players Market Positioning Matrix
  • 8.5. Porter's Five Forces
  • 8.6. Company Profile
  • 8.6.1. Dalsey, Hillblom and Lynn (DHL)
  • 8.6.2. FedEx Corporation
  • 8.6.3. CH Robinson
  • 8.6.4. Nippon Express
  • 8.6.5. kerry logistics network limited
  • 8.6.6. Maersk Logistics
  • 8.6.7. DB Schenker
  • 8.6.8. UPS Supply Chain Solutions
  • 8.6.9. Kuehne + Nagel
  • 8.6.10. De Sammensluttede Vognmænd (DSV)
  • 8.6.11. CMA CGM SA
  • 8.6.12. The Rhenus Group
  • 8.6.13. Geodis
  • 9. Strategic Recommendations
  • 10. Annexure
  • 10.1. FAQ`s
  • 10.2. Notes
  • 10.3. Related Reports
  • 11. Disclaimer

List of Table
Table 1 : Global Third-Party Logistics Market Snapshot, By Segmentation (2022 & 2028) (in USD Billion)
Table 2 : Influencing Factors for Third-Party Logistics Market, 2022
Table 3: Top 10 Counties Economic Snapshot 2020
Table 4: Economic Snapshot of Other Prominent Countries 2020
Table 5: Average Exchange Rates for Converting Foreign Currencies into U.S. Dollars
Table 6: Global Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast, By Geography (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 7 : Global Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast, By Mode of Transport (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 8 : Global Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast, By Services (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 9 : Global Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast, By End User (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 10 : Europe Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast, By Mode of Transport (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 11 : Europe Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast, By Services (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 12 : Europe Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast, By End User (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 13 : Germany Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 14 : Germany Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Services (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 15 : Germany Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By End User (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 16 : United Kingdom Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 17 : United Kingdom Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Services (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 18 : United Kingdom Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By End User (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 19 : France Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 20 : France Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Services (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 21 : France Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By End User (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 22 : Italy Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 23 : Italy Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Services (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 24 : Italy Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By End User (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 25 : Spain Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 26 : Spain Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Services (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 27 : Spain Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By End User (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 28 : Russia Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Mode of Transport (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 29 : Russia Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By Services (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)
Table 30 : Russia Third-Party Logistics Market Size and Forecast By End User (2017 to 2028F) (In USD Billion)

List of Figures
Figure 1: Global Third-Party Logistics Market Size (USD Billion) By Region, 2022 & 2028
Figure 2: Market attractiveness Index, By Region 2028
Figure 3: Market attractiveness Index, By Segment 2028
Figure 4: Global Third-Party Logistics Market Size By Value (2017, 2022 & 2028F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 5: Global Third-Party Logistics Market Share By Region (2022)
Figure 6: Europe Third-Party Logistics Market Size By Value (2017, 2022 & 2028F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 7: Europe Third-Party Logistics Market Share By Country (2022)
Figure 8: Germany Third-Party Logistics Market Size By Value (2017, 2022 & 2028F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 9: UK Third-Party Logistics Market Size By Value (2017, 2022 & 2028F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 10: France Third-Party Logistics Market Size By Value (2017, 2022 & 2028F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 11: Italy Third-Party Logistics Market Size By Value (2017, 2022 & 2028F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 12: Spain Third-Party Logistics Market Size By Value (2017, 2022 & 2028F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 13: Russia Third-Party Logistics Market Size By Value (2017, 2022 & 2028F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 14: Competitive Dashboard of top 5 players, 2022
Figure 15: Market Share insights of key players, 2022
Figure 16: Porter's Five Forces of Global Third-Party Logistics Market

Market Research FAQs

The European 3PL market is expected to continue growing, driven by factors like e-commerce expansion, technological advancements, and increasing demand for specialized logistics solutions.

The European 3PL market is crucial due to its extensive manufacturing, trade, and diverse industries. It serves as a logistics hub for the continent and beyond.

3PL providers in Europe offer a wide range of services, including transportation management, warehousing, distribution, inventory management, and value-added services like packaging and labeling.

Factors include the continent's strong economy, global trade, advanced infrastructure, e-commerce growth, and a focus on sustainability and technology adoption.

The extensive road network, geographical proximity, flexibility, and suitability for last-mile delivery and cross-border operations make road transportation a preferred mode.
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