The global recession has actually created a climate in which they can re-align business processes to emerge stronger from the ongoing economic crisis.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (automotive.frost.com), Global Logistics and Transportation Industry Outlook 2009: Impact of Economic Slowdown on the Future of The United States, The European Union and The Asia Pacific, finds that the global transportation and logistics industry is set to tread a novel path out of the ongoing economic crisis.
“The current crisis has underscored the need to ease trade policies, reduce tariffs and expand multilateral trade agreements,” notes Frost & Sullivan Research Associate Prasanna Sriraman. “In addition, we are seeing better sharing of global trade information as well as the acceleration of pending business proposals to facilitate trade. This is opening up a wealth of opportunities for the global logistics and transportation industry.”
Many governments have focused on stimulating trade with new trade policies and multilateral trade agreements. Besides these measures, tariff reductions are playing a pivotal role in improving trade flow.
While this bodes well for the transportation and logistics industry, LSPs are facing a tough time. Their businesses are intertwined with particular industry sectors. Fluctuating demand, the liquidity crunch in the market as well as this narrow focus on industry sectors, has put LSPs in a challenging situation.
“As most sectors including automotive, retail and consumer electronics are affected by the recession, so to are the LSPs that serve them,” explains Sriraman. “In addition, some LSPs focus only on particular sectors, which when affected, pulls the LSP down along with the market.”
LSPs and end user companies related to different industry sectors must collaborate among themselves and with their suppliers to create the economies of scale needed to survive the ongoing crisis.
Producers of goods within the same industry must co-operate, ignoring the need to make competitive gains, to ensure full container loads, thereby reducing costs. Similarly, LSPs must collaborate to offer services that would reduce operating costs and optimise asset usage.
“Large trade volumes can be generated by following these strategies,” concludes Sriraman. “This would bring about the much needed cost reductions that could be passed on to consumers, in turn increasing market demand.”
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