The logistics sector represents the backbone of the European economy, making fundamental contributions to the competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability of European business. It is the single biggest industry sector in the EU generating €900 billion of revenue and employing over 7 million European citizens.
Despite its major contribution to Europe’s economy, it is often forgotten or incorrectly grouped with other sectors of industry. This misunderstanding is largely due to the complex nature of logistics. The industry is extremely diverse, including a range of branches such as freight, global forwarding, express and contract logistics. And to make things even more complex, logistics can also be multi-modal.
Logistics spans across a large variety of sectors, including:
- Life sciences
- Healthcare Technology
- Fashion industries
- Food & Drink
- Electrical equipment
- Automotive & Aerospace manufacturing
- Raw materials
- Chemicals Metals
This market fragmentation has historically led to the absence of a single body speaking on behalf of the industry. However, since its foundation in 2008, the Alliance for European Logistics has been representing the entire supply chain from the manufacturers to the retailers by bringing together companies that both provide and organise their own logistics services in Europe.
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