3PL Market Shows Slow Growth in Fourth Quarter 2014 Due to Weak Euro

ARC Report Abstract

The third-party logistics (3PL) market -- which ARC Advisory Group defines as non-asset-based transportation, warehousing, and integrated supply chain services -- witnessed slow growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 due in part to the declining value of the euro vs. the dollar. The previously healthy growth in the 3PL market was offset by slow performance in 4Q. The contract logistics market segment performed better with a year-on-year (YOY) 1.4 percent rate of growth during the 4Q and 5.6 percent during the year.

Categories of 3PLs
The scope of coverage includes non-asset based transportation and warehousing services (referred to as "contract logistics" in Europe), including:

  • Non-asset based domestic transportation services (brokerage and managed transportation services)
  • Non-asset based international transportation services (freight forwarding and customs services)
  • Warehousing services (warehousing and associated services such as packaging, light assembly, sequencing goods for a factory line)


This report does not reflect revenues from asset-based transportation moves (truckload, less than truckload, parcel/express, rail, ocean, air, etc.). The analysis is based on revenues reported by public companies on a quarterly basis that break out their revenues in the above segments. If asset-based moves and non-asset based moves are reported in the same category and more than half of revenues come from non-asset based moves, we have included them. Otherwise not.

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Keywords: 3PLs, Third-Party Logistics, Contract Logistics, Non-Asset-Based Domestic, Non-Asset-Based International, Supply Chain, Freight Forwarding, ARC Advisory Group.

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