The Logistics and Transportation sector has an important weight in the Spanish economy and labor market. It is a sector that represents 6% of Spanish GDP and manages more than 500 million annual shipments in our country alone, which means 5 million tons per year and employs more than 850,000 workers.

That is why, Adecco Logística y Transporte, the specialization of the Adecco Group dedicated to this sector, in collaboration with UNO, Business Organization of Logistics and Transportation, have carried out the Labor Barometer of Logistics, Transport and E-commerce, with the objective of knowing the present moment of the sector and the forecasts of future that its protagonists estimate, putting the focus on the labor market and the employment that this area generates.

The barometer was presented this morning in Madrid, at the headquarters of the CEOE, before a hundred professionals and executives of the sector and has had the presence of Francisco Aranda, president of UNO and Israel Escribano, director of Adecco Logística y Transporte .

In the words of Francisco Aranda: “Logistics is the new marketing of commerce. We have established ourselves as an intensive sector in the use of new technologies and employment generation as this barometer reflects. The creation of new professional profiles directly linked to the application of logistics technologies, big data, engineers and supply chain technicians reflects that logistics has ceased to be a commodity to be a source of added value for industry and commerce ”

For his part, Escribano stressed that: “we can see that far from witnessing a cooling in the sector, the tendency is to continue on the path of growth, already robust in this 2020. We are facing a sector that demands the incorporation of new professionals, with greater knowledge and skill in digital skills, as well as the empowerment and development of the increasingly critical soft skills (adaptation to change, versatility, etc.) ”.

These are the main conclusions included in the Adecco Labor Barometer on Logistics, Transportation and E-commerce of Adecco and UNO.

A 2020 with growth forecasts
After closing 2019 with positive data, it seems that next year will also leave outstanding figures in the logistics sector according to the forecasts that the main operators consulted by Adecco and UNO have indicated.

So, asked about the behavior that It is expected in the sector during the first months of 2020, and taking into account the current economic context (Brexit, commercial tensions, new models of labor mobility, etc.), 3 out of 4 logistics managers expect moderate growth in logistics activity (74.6%).

15.9% are even more optimistic and think that the increase in activity will be notable and there is only a minimum percentage of managers who think that the industry will stagnate (4.8%) or even decrease (4.8%) .

If you are also asked about e-commerce in particular, the forecasts are even more positive because, in this case, more than half of those consulted (54%) believe that growth will continue to be exponential, 42.9% think that activity will increase moderately and only 3.2% think it will stagnate. In relation to e-commerce, no operator expects the industry to slow down during 2020.

Electronic commerce within Logistics and Transportation
That e-commerce is an activity that generates a significant volume of business by itself within the logistics sector has been demonstrated in the figures that semester to semester yield the reports of the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC). One of the latest data that has been made public is that the turnover of electronic commerce in Spain has increased by 28.6% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2019 to 11.999 million euros, which also represents an increase of 9, 4% compared to the first quarter when it reached 10,969 million.

Thus, for 2 out of 3 logistics companies, e-commerce represents a very important part of its client portfolio, covering a percentage of between 10% and 40% of the business (for 31.6% it already represents between 15 % and 30% of its customers). There is another 21.1% that only accounts for up to 5% of the business and 15.8% of those consulted already have a portfolio between 30% and 60% of customers that comes from electronic commerce. Of those consulted, still None have their business 100% dedicated to e-commerce.

On the percentage of shipments made in these logistics operators, 43.9% of them link those shipments to e-commerce with a percentage of between 11% and 40%. 19.3% maintain that this percentage remains between 6% and 10% of the shipments made, while, tied are those who consider that they make up to 5% of their shipments linked to electronic commerce and those that carry conducted between 41% and 60%, both groups with 15.8% of the answers.

By last, 5.3% of respondents say they dedicate between 61% and 80% of their shipments to e-commerce and none exceeds 80% of activity.

Also, Adecco Logística y Transporte and UNO, Logistics and Transportation Business Organization, wanted to know what percentage of online purchases ends in a return. For 1 in 3 operators, only 0% to 5% of online purchases end up in return, while 28.1% say they have between 6% and 10% returns and 29.8% between 11% and 40%.

For 7% of those consulted, Between 41% and 60% of purchases made via online end up in a refund and for the remaining 1.8% they represent between 61% and 80%.

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