Transportation and Logistics
Overview of the synthetic paper market
Extensive research carried out by the market research analysts at Technavio has shown that the global synthetic paper market will witness fast-paced growth and will post an impressive CAGR of nearly 7% over the estimated period. A significant reduction in the cost of procuring raw materials is a major factor driving this market’s growth. Crude oil is a raw material used in the manufacture of synthetic paper, and as crude oil prices have reduced drastically since 2014, both consumers and vendors are anticipated to benefit immensely from this over the next four years. This is expected to lower the cost of production of synthetic paper significantly.
The increasing demand for printed synthetic paper is a recent trend propelling the growth prospects for this market. Printed synthetic paper is in high demand because of the growing need to differentiate products for easy identification and marketing purposes. Moreover, printed synthetic paper ensures efficient inventory and logistics management, better visibility of the product, and higher aesthetic value. Most of the demand for printed synthetic paper comes from the food and beverage and consumer durables industries as these products need to have an attractive appearance.
Competitive landscape and key vendors
The global synthetic paper market is highly competitive because of the presence of international vendors such as DuPont and well-established regional vendors like Yupo. The vendors compete on the basis of product portfolio, differentiation, and pricing. The majority of international vendors are increasing their market share by inorganic growth. Also, vendors are working on
Overview of the hot drinks packaging market in the US
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the hot drinks packaging market in the US to grow at a moderate CAGR of around 3% during the forecast period. Owing to the growing need to preserve the quality of hot drinks like coffee, improve their shelf appeal and maintain freshness and aroma, manufacturers are introducing several innovative packaging methods. Coffee producers in the US are looking for sustainable packaging materials that aim at reducing transportation and recyclability expenses. Several packaging companies are investing in materials that are light and cause less environmental impact. They are increasingly using metalized sealants or plastic films that can be easily recycled and protect the freshness of the product. Stand-up pouches with gas valves and reclosable zippers are the most used packaging products by coffee vendors in the US. Moreover, to increase their manufacturing production, several US vendors in the coffee industry are also using vertical packaging equipment due to its excellent packing abilities and high operational efficiency. These vertical form fill sealing (VFFS) machines exhibit speeds up to 50 cycles per minute, which will further augment the growth prospects for this market in the coming years.
This market analysis observes the projected rise of private labels in the US hot drinks market who are offering a wide range of coffee products at affordable prices compared to branded products. These private label coffee producers are focusing on innovative packaging designs to boost their sales and increase brand loyalty for their products
Global outlook of the plastic pallet market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global plastic pallet market to grow at a CAGR of about 7% by 2020. Plastic pallets are cost effective than wooden pallets as they are durable and resistant to damage. Manufacturers and distributors are preferring plastic pallets for shipments as they are 30% lighter and 42% more durable than wood. This helps in less wear and tear on equipment during transportation and as it is lighter, it reduces the cost of shipment and transportation by around 50%. The proper utilization of plastic pallets also minimizes costs with respect to floor space, load weight, labor and sanitization, and helps in cutting the shipment expenditures and saving time. Also, factors like decrease in product breakage due to pallet damage, drop in cleaning expenses, decline of repacking costs and problem-free disposable system significantly contributes to the growing applications of plastic pallets in the logistics section of various industries like, grocery, pharmaceutical and automotive.
The latest trend gaining popularity in this market is the implementation of advanced technologies like RFID in plastic pallets. Plastic pallets are implemented with RFID tags, which track and trace the physical conditions of the goods throughout the supply chain. RFID tags embedded in the plastic pallets can be located from the manufacturing unit through the distribution centers to the retail stores. The technology protects the pallets from being lost
Overview of the global aluminum foil packaging market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the aluminum foil packaging market to witness setady growth rate of around 7% during the forecast period. The market demand for aluminum foil packaging will continue to grow due to lightweight, flexibility, durability, and barrier properties of aluminum when compared to plastic and glass. Aluminum foil packaged products ensure product safety, leading to growing applications of aluminum foils in the packaged industry sector. With the growing preference for convenient and lightweight packaging among consumers, the vendors are coming up with innovative aluminum foil packaging solutions to capitalize the growing organized retail and packaged food markets. Aluminum foil offers an excellent barrier to moisture, air, odors, light, and microorganisms and does not require lacquer or other protection, which prevents food from deteriorating and avoids contamination.
Vendors and manufacturers are making investments on R&D to innovate lightweight aluminum foil packaging to enhance the end-user segment usability and minimize wastage. This kind of packaging is cost effective and recyclable. Aluminum foils can be economically recycled and have more sustainability. Aluminum foil waste when disposed does not add any poisonous contaminants to the water or ground. Such properties of these foils have benefitted manufacturers as they save costs by eliminating the need to invest on expensive disposable systems. Moreover, the substantial improvements in barrier properties of aluminum foils and laminated aluminum films have also propelled the market for
Overview of the global glue applied label market
Extensive research carried out by market research analysts at Technavio has predicted that the global glue applied label market will grow at a moderate CAGR of more than 3% between 2016 and 2020. Glue applied labels have high demand from food and beverage products such as juices, energy drinks, and alcoholic beverages as these labels offer them tamper evident protection seal, which keeps these products from being opened. The increase in adoption of small-sized PET bottles from those of carbonated soft drinks (CSD) to cosmetics and toiletries will boost the growth of glue applied labels market in the coming years. The market is also witnessing new advances in technology and innovation as the end users are demanding labels that are easily readable and highly durable. Besides shrink sleeves, the vendors are coming up with complex films to label their products. For instance, Avery Dennison’s curvy film technology allows the label to be applied to extremely complex and curved container shapes.
The growing demand for esthetically-appealing products among consumers has propelled manufacturers of food and other consumer packaged products focus on convenient-to-use packages and also visually appealing labels for their products. Vendors are adding upscale enhancements such as embossing and thermo-chromatic inks, matte and soft-touch finishes, acid etch simulation, high-sheen metallic inks, and cold foil stamping to enhance the appearance of the packaged products. They are using expensive technologies, colors, ingredients, and other raw materials to develop premium packs. Manufacturers are also constantly
Overview of the global flat pouches market
According to Technavio’s market research analysts, the global flat pouches market will grow at a CAGR of more than 4% during the predicted period. Flat pouches are gaining huge prominence in the packaging industry owing to the increase in demand for convenient packaged products among consumers. Consumers prefer pouches as they are convenient to use, consume, carry, store, and dispose. Flat pouch packs are lightweight and also consume less space other packaging materials. Also, vendors can transport more products with the use of flat pouch packs and minimize their transportation expenses and enhance profit margins. Moreover, the introduction of innovative features, such as zip seal closures and side closures, has augmented the adoption and sales of flat pouches in offices, restaurants, and the pharmaceutical industry.
The packaging companies are focusing towards the development of premium pouches. They are using new and advanced packaging materials and selling these quality products at 3%-4% premium rates. These high-quality products have the highest adoption rate from military and pharmaceutical sectors as they require a longer shelf life. Vendors are coming up with innovative products as these sectors require a wide range of films that are appropriate for oxygen and moisture-sensitive goods. With the growing adoption of new materials for barrier protection and prolonged shelf life, the flat pouches market will also witness a huge growth in the coming years.
Competitive landscape and key vendors
The global flat pouches market is extremely fragmented because of the presence of several domestic and international vendors who compete on the
The logistics and transportation industry is a dynamic sector that has changed significantly with global economic conditions and international trade flows. The industry is broadly segmented into logistics, packaging, transportation, and warehousing.
New developments in logistics and transportation have enabled companies to work on a global scale, procure resources and materials from distant locations, and augment their distribution channels in order to cater to faraway clients.
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We provide extensive market data and comprehensive qualitative and quantitative analyses on essential market divisions, such as distribution, labeling, packaging, reverse logistics, service parts logistics, and warehousing.
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