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f+h Intralogistics 5/2015

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ECONOMY & MARKET Logistics costs in US$, billions (2012) Data: Armstrong & Associates; China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing Logistics market. Cross-country comparison Nevertheless, forecasts are optimistic. The underlying reasons are the pressure to cut logistics costs and to raise profitability. Besides, 3PL development is strongly encouraged by the state, which aims to develop China into a premium logistics hub, supporting its manufacturing and business activity. There are four trends in China’s 3PL industry. First is the change in customer expectations. These include lower costs, increased visibility and shorter delivery time, requests for overseas customs declaration services, etc. Second trend is the structural transformation of logistics enterprises. Namely, the big 3PL companies are predicted to become bigger, while the small- and medium-size enterprises will shrink. Rapid expansion of the bigger companies will be driven by M&As in the next one to two years. Third trend is the IT use, which drives the development of the industry and makes local companies more competitive. A final trend is the rise of fourth-party (4PL) logistics providers, a threat to traditional 3PL. These companies are ambitious in recruiting and forging strategic alliances with 3PLs, which are not able to provide supply chain services. A number of opportunities and challenges arise from these trends. In some areas logistics companies have clear advantages due to their knowledge of local requirements and the ability to provide more complex services, so that outsourcing becomes the best solution. In such context, 3PL companies tend to build strategic alliances with contract manufacturers. What remains challenging is the level of competition. Local 3PL companies have tougher times: compared to well-known international logistic competitors, they need to increase awareness of their brand and capabilities overseas, and to identify market niches. Until now, Chinese 3PLs are lacking value-added services, are small scale in size, and experience shortage of professional personnel. The top three dissatisfaction areas outlined by the customers are poor timeliness, trackability, and security. Despite a clear tendency towards outsourcing of special services in logistics, it remains to be seen, if quality assurance and after-sales service will become future growth drivers of 3PL in China. Photos: lead photo Fotolia/processing: VFV Grafik, graphic p. 10 DCW www.dcw-ev.de 10 f+h Intralogistics 5/2015

CeMAT Asia 2015 October 27 – 30 Hall W2 ∙ Booth C4 Efficient Warehouse Systems Meet us at the CeMAT Asia and have a closer look at our efficient warehouse systems. One of these systems is the SSI Autocruiser, which closes the gap between forklift transports and conventional conveyor technology. It was developed for internal transport with low to medium throughput, reaching its highest efficiency at around 600 units per hour. Using the SSI Autocruiser allows for a reduction in costs for internal transports of up to 50%. Our Vertical Lift LogiMat® is your all-in-one solution for the storage and picking of small parts. It can be used as an autonomous system or integrated in your warehouse management. The shuttle system Schaefer Orbiter® System (SOS), designed for channel storage, consists of a shuttle vehicle and a docking station. The SOS can be used in manual and highly automated warehouses. We are looking forward to seeing you at our booth at the CeMAT Asia in Shanghai! SSI Schaefer Systems International (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. info.cn@ssi-schaefer.com · www.ssi-schaefer.com

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