2015 was a historical year for the third-party logistics industry, not in terms of industry revenue because lower fuel surcharges brought top-line dollars down from their record highs in 2014, but in terms of industry consolidation. The 3PL industry witnessed a record number of mergers and acquisitions among the segment’s largest players over the last 12 months. Favorable financial markets are enabling large companies to secure the money necessary to make sizable acquisitions that translate into top- and bottom-line growth.
Annual Review and Outlook - Logistics
Perhaps at no time since the inception of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition 28 years ago have circumstances conspired to create so many challenges for the U.S. agriculture and forest products exporters, and many importers.
The industrial real estate sector garnered the attention of investors in 2015. U.S. commercial real estate has become the asset class of choice as investors search for yield in a global, low-interest rate environment, and the U.S. industrial sector has become a beacon for capital, evidenced by the $43.2 billion in sales through last year’s third quarter.