What to expect in 2023 - 4 key trends in freight forwarding

The Maersk Communications Team researched the latest views on what’s to come in the year ahead. We’re including a summary view below, while the full article can be read on Maersk.com.

As those in the freight forwarding industry finalize their strategies for 2023, here are some key trends to watch out and prepare for in the coming year.

1. The unexpected becomes expected

More than ever, supply chains are subject to varied and unpredictable challenges and issues. This year will be no different. The need for both domestic and international freight forwarders to ensure they are resilient and ready for anything has never been greater. Agility, flexibility, and visibility – often facilitated by digitalization - are all key to riding out a storm. With the right technology and ability to collect and analyze data, freight forwarders can improve efficiency. According to a McKinsey survey, 90% of supply chain leaders reported investing in digital supply chain management technology since 2021, with 80% expecting to continue to invest in 2023 and beyond, often to support advanced planning.

2. Economic uncertainty and the rise of protectionism

With geopolitical conditions and rising inflation, 2023 is widely tipped to bring a slowdown in economic activity. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting global economic growth to go from 6.0% in 2021 to 3.2% in 2022 and 2.7% in 2023. Meanwhile, the World Trade Organization recently revised its growth forecast for global trade in 2023 to just 1.0%, down from an earlier estimate of 3.4%. This loss in momentum in many markets will significantly impact freight forwarders’ customer base. Meanwhile, in its Q3 report, Maersk indicated that in 2023, “the global container market is expected to be broadly flat to negative.”

3. Sustainability as the watchword

Global attitudes to sustainability have shifted dramatically in recent years and will continue to be a central freight forwarding industry trend in 2023. An Economist Intelligence Unit report found searches for sustainable goods has increased by a total of 71% since 2016. According to the 2022 Global Sustainability Study by Simon Kucher & Partners, 71% of consumers around the world are making changes to live more sustainably and buying more sustainable products. In all, 66% of consumers rank sustainability as one of the top five drivers behind a purchase decision, up from 50% in 2021. When it comes to improving sustainability, the freight forwarding industry can play a key role.

4. Digital freight forwarders take center stage

Digital transformations are happening in most industries, and freight forwarding is no exception. Digital freight forwarders use technology to coordinate and control the transportation of goods. The global digital freight forward market is expected to grow at an average rate of 23% over the next few years, according to Allied Market Research. It started at just USD 2.92 billion in 2020 and will reach $22.9 billion in 2030. This equals over 8% of the total global freight forwarding market, with 2023 being a key year for innovation and growth.

Read the full article featuring what Freight Forwarders might expect in 2023 on Maersk.com.

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Maersk announces new executive leadership team and organizational structure

Forwarder digest

On January 10th, Maersk’s new CEO, Vincent Clerc, announced a new executive leadership team effective February 1st. The new organizational structure is shaped around 15 roles and areas of responsibility. The Executive Leadership Team will jointly own the execution of Maersk’s Integrator strategy and is composed to create strong alignment across the enterprise as well as clear ownership and accountability for key aspects of the next phase of Maersk’s strategy.

“We face a challenging global economic outlook, a softening market and at the same time our customers are looking to radically improve their supply chains to make them more resilient and agile,” said Vincent Clerk, CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk.

“This creates urgent needs as well as unique opportunities. To navigate through and beyond this environment, we will intensify our focus on cost discipline and service quality while increasing customer centricity, and decision power in the front line.”

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