Global Container Shipping Category - Procurement Market Intelligence Report

  • Published: Mar 2019
  • Pages: 110
  • SKU: IRCMSTR14559-1
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Key findings: Container shipping

This container shipping market intelligence report offers insights into the supply chain margins, category management objectives, freight rates forecasts, and supplier cost breakup. An analysis of the top container shipping companies and the current market landscape is also offered in this report.

Embracing digitization in process infrastructure will be one of the crucial growth drivers for the container shipping market during the forecast period. It is a widely acknowledged fact among container shipping companies that implementation of automated cargo-tracking and navigation systems and digital platforms has augmented the efficiency and transparency of their operations. Consequently, this is promoting the viability of the services among the buyers who are investing more in the current container shipping market. However, to attain stability in the pricing strategies to procure this category will be a cumbersome task because of the constant fluctuations in container freight rates. From the perspective of the suppliers, increasing merger and alliances between the leading container shipping companies will arm the service providers with better bargaining power that will give them the liberty to increase the freight rates.

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Insights delivered

Our reports from the logistics, warehousing and transportation category offer buyers with actionable data on the current and future supply market scenario. Coverage of the container market in the US, including category spend analysis, freight rates outlook, and supplier cost structure among others is also offered in this container shipping market intelligence report. Additional information includes an analysis of the cost and volume drivers, top container shipping companies, and category management strategies.

Insights offered in this container shipping market intelligence report will help the buyers understand:

  • Global and regional spend potential for the period of 2018-2023
  • Pricing models and the factors influencing them
  • Strategies to procure at the best freight rates
  • Category management strategies

Analyze the global category spend for container shipping

The cost-effectiveness of transporting cargo via the sea is one of the primary factors that are contributing to a positive spend growth rate of the container shipping market on a global scale. The recent statistics testify that the container shipping market accounts for over 62% of the global trade value. The refrigerated container shipping industry is experiencing a high demand for the transportation of fresh food items and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. This is expected to contribute to the category growth to a significant extent during the forecast period.

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This container shipping market intelligence report covers:

  • Regional spend opportunity for suppliers
  • Global and regional spend segmentation
  • Cost drivers impacting freight rates in the current market


Optimize category spend for container shipping

At a time when dynamic freight rates are spiraling buyers procurement spend in the container shipping market, it is advised that they engage with container shipping companies that agree to consolidate cargo by accepting transportation requests from different regional or global service providers. This strategy has been observed to reduce costs on each container by sharing OPEX, such as fuel and employee wages, of the vessel.

This container shipping sourcing and procurement report also covers:

  • Total cost of ownership
  • Supply chain margins and outlook for input costs
  • Overview and comparison of pricing models


Assess category spend for the US region

Higher import of goods such as textiles and apparel driven by the growth of consumerism in the US is directly contributing to the spend growth rate of the container shipping market. However, the strained trade relations between the US and China have led to the imposition of high tariffs against goods from China. This is likely to affect the demand for container shipping in the US during the forecast period.

Additional information offered in this container shipping market intelligence report will help buyers analyze:

  • Supplier cost structure in the US               
  • Margins of suppliers and category cost drivers
  • Freight rates forecasts in the US

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One of the frequently occurring challenges in this operation is transshipments which require a shipment to pass through one or many intermediate destinations before reaching the destination. This increases the chances of delays in delivery which results in the damage of perishable cargo and adds up to the overall expenditure. It is advised that buyers partner with container shipping companies that can minimize transshipments.

This container shipping sourcing and procurement report identifies the significant costs incurred by suppliers and provides additional information on:

  • Supplier ecosystem
  • Buyer and supplier KPIs
  • Incumbent supplier evaluation metrics


Devise effective category management strategies for container shipping

With the environmental watchdogs imposing stricter emission controlling regulation, category managers must ensure that service providers maintain absolute adherence with industry regulations, such as emission control regulations from bodies such as the IMO. Instances of non-adherence will earn the service providers regulatory actions which, in turn, will disrupt the buyers supply chain.

Key insights offered in this container shipping market intelligence report will help the buyers identify:

  • Critical KPIs for buyers and suppliers
  • Category management objectives
  • Sustainability practices


Determine the spend dynamics for key geographies

A weak global economic growth predicted by IMF will hinder industrial growth which will impede category growth. The political unrest over Brexit is affecting the overall trade scenario which consequently is curtailing the growth scopes of the container shipping companies in Europe. However, recovering from an initial slowdown following the recession, South America is exhibiting prospects of growth of the container shipping market. The gradual improvement of the labor market is increasing consumption of goods, thereby; creating a substantial requirement for container shipping services in the region.

Key geographies analyzed in this container shipping services sourcing and procurement report include the following:

  • APAC
  • MEA
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

Information on the top container shipping companies that offer services at the best freight rates, category management insights, and significant risks faced while procuring container shipping services are provided in this market intelligence report. Download a free sample to access the reports complete scope of coverage.

Key Features of Report


Supply Market Insights
Procurement Best Practices
Cost Saving Opportunities
Pricing Models
Negotiation Strategies
Category Risk Analysis
Key Supplier Analysis
Supplier Capability Matrix


Container Shipping - Category Spend Analysis

According to SpendEdge analysts, one of the key growth contributors for global container shipping supply market is the increased demand to transport perishable foods, pharmaceuticals, minerals such as iron ore and steel, and crude oil and its by-products. Transport of such goods by sea is cost-effective when compared with rail or air. This is because in sea transportation bulk volume of goods can be transported to extremely long distances at reduced fuel charges when compared with rail or air.


Container Shipping – Procurement Best Practices

Buyers should ensure that containers are washed properly and treated with pesticides to ensure cleanliness. This is important mainly while transporting food products that can be easily contaminated by microorganisms such as parasites or bacteria. A key strategy adopted by procurement managers in this market space is ensuring cleanliness of containers.


 Container Shipping - Procurement Challenges

A major procurement pain point experienced by the buyers is the limitations of regional suppliers. SpendEdge’s procurement specialists predict that the buyers must engage with regional suppliers that are capable of utilizing their connections with alliance members to offer value-added services and counter this specific procurement pain point.

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PART 01: Executive Summary

PART 02: Market Insights

  • Global category spend
  • Category spend growth
  • Spend segmentation by region
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Regional influence on global spend
  • Regional spend opportunity for suppliers

PART 03: Category Pricing Insights

  • Pricing outlook
  • Supplier cost structure
  • Outlook for input costs
  • Total cost of ownership analysis
  • Overview of pricing models
  • Comparison of pricing models
  • Supply chain margins
  • Cost drivers impacting pricing
  • Volume drivers impacting pricing

PART 04: Cost-Saving Opportunities

  • Supplier-side levers
  • Buyer-side levers
  • Quantifying cost-saving opportunities
  • Quantifying cost savings by negotiation strategies

PART 05: Best Practices

  • Innovation and success stories
  • Procurement excellence best practices
  • Procurement best practices
  • Sustainability practices

PART 06: Category Ecosystem

  • Market favorability index for suppliers
  • Competitiveness index for suppliers
  • Buyer power
  • Supplier power
  • Threat of new entrants
  • Threat of substitutes
  • Buyer ecosystem
  • Supplier ecosystem

PART 07: Category Management Strategy

  • Category management objectives
  • Supplier and buyer KPIs
  • Outsourcing category management activities
  • Risk management

PART 08: Category Management Enablers

  • Procurement organization
  • Category enablers

PART 09: Suppliers Selection

  • RFx Essentials
  • Supplier selection criteria
  • Service Level Agreement
  • Incumbent supplier evaluation metrics

PART 10: Suppliers Under Coverage

  • Overview
  • Supplier positioning
  • Profile: Maersk
  • Profile: MSC
  • Profile: YANG MING
  • Profile: CMA CGM
  • Profile: Hapag-Lloyd
  • Profile: Evergreen Marine

PART 11: US Market Insights

  • Category spend in the US
  • Price outlook
  • Supplier cost structure in the US
  • Margins of suppliers in the US
  • Category cost drivers
  • Category volume drivers
  • Overview of best practices in the US
  • Procurement best practices in the US
  • US supply market overview
  • Supplier positioning for the US
  • Regional category risks

PART 12: Category Definition

  • Category hierarchy
  • Category scope
  • Category map

PART 13: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations
  • Key Notes
  • Global category spend (2018-2023)
  • Category spend growth (2018-2023)
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Comparison of category maturity across regions
  • Regional spend opportunity for suppliers (2018-2023)
  • Category pricing dynamics
  • Supplier cost breakup
  • Input cost dynamics
  • Total cost of ownership model
  • Benefit comparison of pricing models
  • Pricing models – comparison matrix
  • Supplier margin analysis
  • Margin analysis across supply chain
  • Cost drivers
  • Volume drivers
  • Cost-saving opportunities: Supply-side levers
  • Cost-saving opportunities: Demand-side levers
  • Cost-saving opportunity matrix
  • Negotiation grid
  • Innovation and success stories
  • Procurement excellence summary: Impact on the category
  • Supplier relationship management metrics
  • Strategic sourcing and category management metrics
  • Technology-facilitated procurement metrics
  • Procurement best practices dashboard
  • Sustainability practices: Impact on the category
  • Sustainability best practices
  • Market environment score
  • Market competitiveness score
  • Buyer power score
  • Supplier power score
  • Ease of market entry score
  • Ease of substitution score
  • Buyer ecosystem: Outlook
  • Supplier ecosystem: Outlook
  • Ecosystem disruption threats
  • Key category management objectives
  • Supplier KPI dashboard: Importance for the category
  • Buyer KPI dashboard: Importance for the category
  • Category management enablers
  • Risk management matrix
  • Category enablers: Procurement model
  • Category enablers: Technology
  • RFx questions
  • Phase I RFI considerations
  • SLA terms
  • Supplier performance benchmarking criteria
  • Supplier operational capability matrix
  • Supplier positioning matrix
  • Maersk – Key information dashboard
  • MSC – Key information dashboard
  • YANG MING – Key information dashboard
  • CMA CGM – Key information dashboard
  • Hapag-Lloyd – Key information dashboard
  • Evergreen Marine – Key information dashboard
  • US category spend (2018-2023)
  • Category pricing dynamics
  • Supplier cost breakup
  • Supplier margin analysis
  • Margin analysis across supply chain
  • Cost drivers
  • Volume drivers
  • Procurement excellence summary: Impact on the category
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Strategic sourcing and category management
  • Technology-facilitated procurement
  • Procurement best practices dashboard
  • Supplier operational capability matrix
  • Supplier positioning matrix
  • Risk management matrix
  • Category definition
  • Category nuances
  • Importance of category relative to other categories

Research Framework

SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary research

  • Procurement heads
  • Category managers
  • Sourcing consortium professionals
  • Industry experts and thought leaders
  • Procurement managers
  • Category heads of suppliers
  • Client account heads/managers
  • Client and industry consultants

Secondary research

  • Industry journals and reports
  • Periodicals and new articles
  • Category webinars
  • Internal categiry playbooks
  • Industry and government websites on regulations and compliance
  • Internal databases
  • Industry blogs/thought leader briefings


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