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DHL analyzes the Asian

DHL analyzes the Asian trading trend and reveals the effects of the supply chain The DHL-study “Demystifying Asia Pacific Trade Trends” highlights that the importance of intra-APAC (Asia-Pacific) trade and the Asian 6 economies will continue to grow. Collaboration between governments, businesses and logistics providers will ensure trade enhancing initiatives realize their potential, and deliver significant efficiency gains for the supply chains in the region. In the current fragile global macroeconomic environment, the APAC region remains a beacon of optimism, positioned to be the world’s fastest growing region with trade as a key growth sector. APAC’s importance in world trade will continue to grow with intra-APAC trade lanes projected to account for 50 percent of top 15 global trade lanes by 2030. High market potential Emerging manufacturing hubs, increasing domestic consumption and rapidly growing e-commerce are key drivers of APAC’s strong growth. China remains the world’s undisputed manufacturing hub, even as companies diversify operations to neighboring emerging markets such as India and Vietnam. Businesses are adopting the socalled “Plus One” strategy due to increasing labor costs, the growing need for resilience, and strong potential in these markets. Trade initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will make APAC countries even more attractive as manufacturing bases, especially Vietnam. Investments in six high potential Asian economies (China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia) as well as into trade- lanes, such as China-India and China-Indonesia which enter the Top 15 trade lanes globally by 2030, are crucial. “To exploit this increase in regional-movement of goods, businesses should be looking to invest in the Asian 6 economies. Companies must leverage on initiatives such as TPP, ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and China’s Belt and Road, to lower barriers in intra-APAC trade and increase multimodal transport solutions. Businesses have opportunities to adopt new regional strategies delivering better service at lower cost”, says Mei Yee Pang, Vice President, Innovation, Solution Delivery & Service Management APAC, DHL. E-commerce drives regional growth Cross-border e-commerce infrastructure will be a critical growth enabler in the region. The rise of e-commerce has enabled SMEs to reach across borders to access new markets, leading to increasing cross-border trade. “Asia Pacific is the world’s biggest and fastest growing B2C e-commerce region, recording US7.61 billion in retail e-commerce sales in 2015, and is expected to grow to over US.89 trillion by 2018. The rise of e-commerce has triggered GLOBAL BUSINESS WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INTRALOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION 1/2017

changing purchasing behavior and consumer expectations. APAC consumers demand a highly personalized shopping journey with the convenience of shopping on- and offline, and the ability to move seamlessly across channels,” says Malcolm Monteiro, CEO, Asia Pacific, DHL e-Commerce. “To meet changing consumer expectations companies must adopt an omni-channel strategy. Convenience to consumers is as important as providing fast and reliable logistics solutions.” “E-commerce logistics is changing rapidly confronting logistics with new issues and opportunities. The complexity in regulations, and fragmentation in the logistics marketplace, are forcing the industry to develop better fulfillment solutions for end-to-end B2B, B2C, and now increasingly B2B2C sales”, says Alfred Goh, Global Head, Fast Growing Enterprises, DHL. The study “Demystifying Asia Pacific Trade Trends” is available online at Graphics: DHL About DHL The DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, ecommerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion euros in 2015. WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INTRALOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION 1/2017