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Digital revolution, urban logistics, “America first”: Where is the logistics industry headed?

April 25, 2017

transport logistic 2017 reports record number of exhibitors

  • Record number of participants: 2,160 exhibitors at transport logistic in Munich from May 9–12, 2017 (increase of 5.4 percent)
  • Several new international pavilions and well-known companies
  • Trending topics: Digitalization, metropolitan logistics and international growth opportunities in an age of “America First”

Record number of participants: A total of 2,160 exhibitors from 62 countries will participate in the world's leading trade fair transport logistic, which is being held at the Messe München trade-fair center from May 9–12, 2017—an increase of 5.4 percent. “We have a number of new international pavilions and companies on board,” says Stefan Rummel, Managing Director at Messe München. The nine exhibition halls are booked to capacity. “The show has experienced growth in all areas, and especially in the sectors for logistics service providers and IT.”

Major market players that are participating in the fair include DSV, Panalpina, Schenker, Kühne & Nagel, Imperial Logistics, Dachser, Hermes, Geodis, Ekol and Rhenus. The number of visitors attending the fair is also showing signs of growth: “Preregistration figures are higher than they were at this point before the 2015 fair, so we are expecting more than 56,000 visitors.”

More international than ever
transport logistic is more international than ever and will include joint exhibition stands from several new countries including Greece, Morocco, Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia. Bahrain, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain will also be represented. Many of the new exhibitors are also international—examples include China Railway Container Transport, DP World, Heathrow Airport, Kerry Logistics and Maersk.

The conference program will also examine opportunities on international markets. Instead of focusing on classics such as China or India, this year's fair will focus on four other candidates with a great deal of potential: Poland as a logistics hub in the European hinterland, Iran with its pent-up demand, the United States in the age of “America first” and the wave of innovation from Silicon Valley and southern Africa. “The topics and strong interest in transport logistic show that the industry recognizes national protectionist tendencies as a risk, and given its global orientation, it must find ways to deal with them,” explains Stefan Rummel.

metropolitan logistics—in the middle of the digital revolution
Whether at the exhibitors' stands or in the conference program: The challenges associated with digitalization are a key topic that is vital to a company's ability to compete. That was also revealed by the LOGISTIC Trend Index, a survey of 100 specialists and executives in the German transportation and logistics industry that was conducted on behalf of transport logistic. According to the survey, nearly three-fourths of German logistics specialists feel that their own branch of industry is in a strong position among international competitors. However, 64 percent also feel that German companies invest too little in research and development, and 54 percent warn against the risk of losing market shares to competitors from the Silicon Valley community.

“E-mobility, E-commerce, E-next? A new vision for the future of logistics” is the title of the fair's opening event, and participants will include representatives of Daimler, Panalpina, Flexport and Amazon. The majority of this year's forums deal with the digital revolution. A new communication platform known as 'metropolitan logistic' will revolve around the last mile. According to Rummel, “the growing online retail sector is placing urban logistics under increased pressure to innovate. We want to give the industry a new platform that allows them to exchange ideas and information with their partners and promote their business.”

The circulation of 500.000 must not be exceeded by using the photo “The online trade requires more innovation”.

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  • The online trade requires more innovation

    A trending topic of transport logistic
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  • Trending topics

    Digitalization, metropolitan logistics and international growth opportunities in an age of “America First”

  • transport logistic

    More international than ever