Global Warehousing Services Category - Procurement Market Intelligence Report

  • Published: Jan 2019
  • Pages: 108
  • SKU: IRCMSTR11025-1
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Key findings: Warehousing services


This warehousing services procurement research report offers experts anecdotes on the global spend potential, regional spend dynamics, and pricing models. Insights delivered in this report will aid purchasers to identify cost-saving opportunities while procuring warehousing services.

The boost in the online sale of grocery is creating the requirements for refrigerated warehousing services, which is accelerating the category spend growth momentum. Strides are being made in the pharmaceutical industry has led to the development of biologic drugs that need to be stored under controlled temperature. Consequently, this is driving the demand for the refrigerated warehousing services in the coming years.

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Insights delivered


This market intelligence report on warehousing supplies informs on the suitable category pricing strategies to help the buyers achieve cost-savings. It also covers the sustainability practices and the risk management/mitigation strategies to improve category spend. In this procurement research report, the category spend is analyzed from the perspective of the buyers and the suppliers.

Insights offered in this warehousing services sourcing and sourcing and procurement report will help the buyers understand:

  • Global spend potential for a period of 2018-2023
  • Supplier cost breakup
  • US market overview and pricing models
  • Supply chain margins and key cost drivers

Analyze the global category spend for warehousing services


In recent times, factors like improving digital infrastructure, better access to the internet have hiked the online retail sales which are expected to grow in the coming years. Also, such online buyers typically demand faster delivery of products, which needs the e-commerce firms to maintain inventory space in several locations. Such consumer behavior, in turn, is accounting for an impressive spend growth rate for warehousing services during the forecast period. It has also been observed that buyers have an affinity towards warehouses that employ technologies such as IoT, drones, robots, and wearable devices. This is driving suppliers to implement such technologies in their services, thus appealing to a broader customer base and improving the category growth. To access the annual market size data for the global category spend, download a free sample copy.

This warehousing services procurement research report offers coverage of:

  • Regional and global spend opportunities
  • Spend dynamics on a global and regional level
  • Category spend and spend growth potential


Optimize category spend for warehousing services


The adoption of technologies in the warehousing services is known to curtail the buyers warehouse operating costs, minimizes shipping delays, and risks of shipping the wrong products. On that note, it is imperative that buyers partner with suppliers who exhibit a high level of technology adoption.

This market intelligence report on warehousing services also offers coverage of:

  • Cost-saving opportunities
  • Supply chain margins
  • Technology-facilitated procurement metrics
  • Supply market competitiveness and factors influencing buyer power


Assess category spend for the US region


Consumer penchant towards purchasing via different online platforms will continue creating demand for warehousing services in the US. The months of November and December is the primary shopping season during which the spend rate increases considerably. This spend rate has been observed to exhibit a year-over-year increase of over 15.4% in the US.

Additional information offered in this warehousing services sourcing and procurement report will help buyers analyze:

  • Category spend in the US
  • Supplier cost structure in the US               
  • Margins of suppliers and category cost drivers

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Build strategies for effective supplier selection


An understaffed warehousing facility results in service snags such as improper maintenance of goods and delay in inbound, storage, and outbound activities. Therefore, it is advised that before partnering with suppliers, buyers must compare the number of employees that a supplier has with the size of the facility to avail efficient services.

This warehousing services sourcing and procurement report identifies the major costs incurred by suppliers and provides additional information on:

  • Key supplier selection criteria
  • Service level agreements and US supplier market ecosystem
  • Total cost of ownership and category risks


Devise effective category management strategies for warehousing services


Buyers from the retail sector end to face fluctuating demand for warehousing services because of factors such as seasonality of the demand for their products. To tackle such uncertainties, buyers must partner with suppliers who have the requisite capacity to ensure supply for meeting their demand fluctuation requirements. This will also reduce the need to engage with multiple suppliers in an ad-hoc manner, thereby reducing the overall procurement expenditure for buyers.

Key insights offered in this market intelligence report on warehousing services will help the buyers identify:

  • Category risks and strategies to mitigate them
  • Major supplier and buyer KPIs
  • Threat of new substitutes and availability of new suppliers


Analyze the regional spend data


The demand for warehousing services is predicted to grow at a faster rate in Europe because of the greater proliferation of the e-commerce industry. According to the experts, western European countries such as UK, Germany, and France claim the majority of the e-commerce sales which indicates the fact that those regions also exhibit the highest category demand. The growing demand for automobiles is driving the growth of the automotive manufacturing industry in regions such as North America, Europe, and APAC. This is also driving the demand for warehousing services from this sector.

To estimate the regional spend potential, this warehousing services procurement research report considers geographies such as:

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

Information on the top warehousing services suppliers and major risks faced while procuring warehousing services is offered 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


 Warehousing Services - Category Spend Analysis

According to SpendEdge analysts, one of the key growth drivers for the warehousing services supply market is growing demand for cost savings in managing inventory and finished goods until they reach end customers. In addition, strong demand for warehouses from growing end-user segments such as food and beverages, automotive, and consumer goods will further stimulate the growth of warehousing services.


 Warehousing Services – Procurement Best Practices

Buyers engage with suppliers that provide one-stop solutions by bundling warehousing services with transportation and packaging. This allows buyers to negotiate better on the price of services and reduce overall logistics costs and operational risks involved in coordinating with multiple vendors for different services.


 Warehousing Services - Procurement Challenges

Based on the analysis in this report, a major procurement pain point experienced by the buyers is the loss of control. To mitigate the challenge, SpendEdge’s procurement specialists predict that it is important for buyers to know the capabilities of suppliers before signing the contract. Buyers must check the supplier's client relationship, which will help identify the capability of suppliers to safeguard goods from external security risks.

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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: Deutsche Post
  • Profile: UPS
  • Profile: Kuehne + Nagel
  • Profile: Deutsche Bahn
  • Profile: XPO Logistics
  • Profile: FedEx

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: Organization
  • Category enablers: Technology
  • RFx questions
  • Phase I RFI considerations
  • SLA terms
  • Supplier performance benchmarking criteria
  • Supplier operational capability matrix
  • Supplier positioning matrix
  • Deutsche Post – Key information dashboard
  • UPS – Key information dashboard
  • Kuehne + Nagel – Key information dashboard
  • Deutsche Bahn – Key information dashboard
  • XPO Logistics – Key information dashboard
  • FedEx – 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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