The Italian logistic outsourcing industry has bounced back, posting an annual turnover for the 2014 of €77,3 billion, a 1.8 per cent increase year on year.


Most importantly, there are clear reasons to believe that the third­party logistics industry in Italy has turned the corner after years of difficulties.


In fact, turnover for 2015 is expected to be €78.3 billion, increasing to €80.9 billion in 2016.


This growth is due to a number of reasons such as: the recovery of the national economy, the growing customer call for improved/better services, the steep development curve that has taken place in online sales and the strong drive towards internationalisation.




Over the 2009­ – 2013 period, considering only the area of Strategic Outsourcing (the outsourcing of a part of the logistics process to one or few vendors) there was a growth of 4.6 per cent, a trend stronger than the market as a whole. These are some of the top­line results from a recent study carried out by the Osservatorio Contract Logistics of the Politecnico di Milano University


Data from the study also shows that the “multi­channel” approach (pairing online services up with more traditional sales channels already in place) has become increasingly relevant for all those businesses that rely on third­party logistics.


Gino Marchet, Scientific Director of the Osservatorio Contract Logistics, said in a statement:


“A very difficult period, especially 2013, for the logistic outsourcing sector meant that it had to readjust to meet the ever­changing customers needs. As a result, today we see a more streamlined third­party logistics sector in Italy”


Mr Marchet added:


“Online has increasingly become very important, the study reveals that for 17 per cent of businesses (both producers and retailers) the B2C e­Commerce exceeds four per cent of annual turnover. The study also shows that over 70 per cent of companies see the multi- channel approach to business as a viable way to improve relationships with end consumers”, added Mr Marchet.


Different types of logistics facilities such as, the services offered and the structure of the distribution network will still be extremely important for the third­party logistics sector in the future however, local depots will play an increasingly relevant role becoming the key point of contact with the end consumer.


In particular, the consumer is becoming more and more central to the process and depending on their purchase/delivery choices they will be served through different logistics means accordingly.


The developments in the area of B2C e­Commerce are also crucial for internationalisation, that is one of the main levers to help Italian companies grow and more generally to boost the economy as a whole.

alessandro fumagalli

alessandro fumagalli

Before moving back to Italy, Alessandro worked for six years as senior research analyst for The Financial Times newspaper. He currently works as a research consultant and freelance translator. Alessandro graduated in Business Studies with a First Class Honours Degree at the “London South Bank University” in England.
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