This study analyzes the logistics and transportation industry's value to the North American economy in terms of growth outlook and freight volumes by different modes of transportation.
The research identifies key trends, factors, growth drivers, and growth restraints reshaping the operating grounds of the industry and examines its shift in focus to non-container port developments and strategic investments for manufacturing footprints to ensure nearshoring and overcome tariff pressure by capitalizing on the USMCA.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left its footprint on most industries across regions; the North American logistics and transportation industry is no different. This industry is critical for economic activity, a point more evident than ever in these unprecedented times.
The North American logistics and transportation industry is complex and fragmented with small and medium-sized service providers. Operational inefficiencies are a key challenge to the industry, where manual errors, operational missteps, and uninformed decisions can create havoc and damage customer relationships because of delayed shipments, loss in productivity, and reduced profit. The pandemic further exposes these limitations and drives industry participants to rethink their operational risk strategies for future resilience.
The emergence of omnichannel and on-demand business models creates opportunities for eRetail, trucking, and last mile delivery service providers to perform under pressure and recover from supply and demand shocks. Digital transformation is in full swing among the major logistics and transportation companies in North America.
Inter- and intraregional trade complexity, supply chain bottlenecks, and the eCommerce industry's exponential growth lead to the industry's continuous demand for digital technology service providers to offer innovative solutions that support near zero-defect process automation and enable seamless communication among industry participants to make informed and on-the-spot decisions to mitigate operational risks.
In the medium to long term, the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement as well as President Biden administration's strategic investment plan in logistics infrastructure development and focus on green initiatives in the United States are expected to drive the North American logistics and transportation industry growth.
The increased import activity with traces of economic rebound, coupled with labor shortage in maritime ports, has resulted in the pileup of shipping containers in major North American ports. Freight capacity reservation delays and premium spot rates due to port congestion, operational delays, and resource shortages are likely to continue in the medium term.
The adoption of digital technologies powered by blockchain, analytics, and artificial intelligence to create customer-focused solutions can enable logistics companies to synchronize data in real time for effective asset and working capital management.
The study also highlights key digital disruptions that offer intelligent operating platforms to logistics industry participants to alleviate operational inefficiencies as well as covers the importance of a strategic partner ecosystem for a new generation of services delivering growth opportunities with future-proof connected logistics solutions.
Key Topics Covered:
1. Strategic Imperatives
Why is it Increasingly Difficult to Grow?
The Strategic Imperative
The Impact of the Top Three Strategic Imperatives on the North American Logistics and Transportation Industry
Growth Opportunities Fuel the Growth Pipeline Engine
2. Growth Environment
NA Logistics and Transportation Industry-Sector Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Contribution
US Logistics and Transportation Industry Outlook
Canadian Logistics and Transportation Industry Outlook
3. Growth Opportunity Analysis
Scope of Analysis
Key Questions Addressed
NA Logistics and Transportation Industry-Sector GDP Contribution
US Economy Outlook
Canadian Economy Outlook
US-Canada Transborder Freight Transportation
Key Maritime Container Ports in North America
Air Freight Transportation in North America
Key Cargo Airports in North America
Growth Drivers for the NA Logistics and Transportation Industry
Growth Restraints for the NA Logistics and Transportation Industry
4. Key Trends
Key Trends in the NA Logistics and Transportation Industry
Operational Delays with Resource Shortages
Cloud Digital Platforms for Smart Operations
USMCA Drives Manufacturing Investment in the US and Mexico
Non-container Port Developments
Commercial Fleet Electrification
5. Key Digital Disruptions
Key Digital Disruptions in the NA Logistics and Transportation Industry
Blockchain Technology for Digital Provenance
IoT for Operational Intelligence
IoT-Application Areas in the NA Logistics and Transportation Industry
Connected Truck Telematics Market in North America
Success Factors for IoT as a Solution
Digital Freight Forwarding Platform
Digital Freight Forwarding for Simplified Shipping
Robotics Systems-Reliable Labor for Warehouse Operations
Traits of the Future Warehouse
AI in Freight Transportation
AI for Asset Predictive Maintenance
Autonomous Vehicles in Road Freight Transportation
Strategic Partnerships Growth with Truck Modernizing Efforts
Future of NA Logistics and Transportation Operations
6. Growth Opportunity Universe
Growth Opportunity 1: Digital Business Solutions for Smart Logistics Operations
Growth Opportunity 2: Partner Ecosystem for End-to-end Process Transparency and Real-time Transportation Visibility
Growth Opportunity 3: Modernization of Fleets and Intralogistics Solutions for Resource Optimization