The rapid growth of e-commerce is causing massive disruption to the logistics sector. Shortage of labour from truck drivers to warehouse operatives poses a major structural challenge and many businesses are not doing nearly enough to find solutions to tackle this problem.

Following a number of client studies that HICKEY has completed, including interviews with key logistics employers, we strongly urge companies to immediately employ forward-looking techniques to approach this challenge and find wide ranging solutions. This paper analyses key labour factors for developers to consider when locating logistics operations and for operators seeking a sustainable workforce.

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For more than 30 years, HICKEY has led the evolution of the site selection industry. We’ve been committed to the continuous disruption of the site selection process to ensure our clients have the data, tools, and strategic approach necessary to find the optimal location for their business. Ultimately, our success is based on the success of our clients.

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Securing Critical Support

Following an extensive site selection analysis, labor analytics, and incentive evaluation, a significant financial delta existed between the final locations.

H&A experts worked with multiple economic development entities to secure and capture a complex public incentive package, ultimately ensuring the financial future for the project.

In the end, the client was able to choose the most optimal location for the business with the financial confidence to create hundreds of new jobs and invest over $100 million in the facility.

Discovering Growth Potential

Global manufacturing company required comprehensive review of existing footprint in EMEA and Americas to discover potential efficiencies and challenges, particularly with a focus on their workforce.

Deploying H&A’s data analytics and innovative tools, along with more than thirty years of industry experience, the business successfully identified several key cost savings drivers across portfolio providing for growth today.

In total, the company discovered over 30% in cost savings across their portfolio.

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Mining thousands of data points across several dozen communities, H&A navigated a client through an intercontinental site selection analysis.

H&A’s in-depth, proven site selection and labor analytics practice led the client to a location with a workforce that not only meets requirements of the bottom line, but also forecasts the skillsets needed for years to come.

HICKEY’s European Logistics Trends Report

The past decade has been one of the robust economic growth for Europe, especially in the e-commerce sector.  This growth has impacted most of Europe’s leading logistics occupiers and developers. Considering all this, we were compelled to develop our European Logistics Trends Report to detail what emerging trends could significantly impact the European logistics sector in the coming year(s). 

Emerging Logistics Trends

For example, one of the main issues that have resulted from such economic growth has been the rapid expansion of warehousing.

How could the expansion of warehousing present an issue to developers and companies? Well, those very companies didn’t account for the major shortage of workers throughout Europe. Low unemployment in many European markets, in addition to an aging workforce, has to lead to imbalances in the logistics sector. 

HICKEY’s research shows that workers are becoming increasingly selective about where and whom they work for. Attracting and retaining talent has become extremely difficult for employers as the availability of choice and competition also increases. 

Solutions For The Future

In spite of these emerging logistics trends that may cause issues to developers, our report offers potential solutions to combat these trends in the future. 

Our research goes into detail about the importance of commute times. We explain how important it is to consider where setting up your next operation(s) is. The ability to attract local workers have become increasingly essential in a firm’s decision to pick an optimal location. 

HICKEY’s logistics trends in Europe report also goes into detail about the allure of amenities have on potential employees. Such examples range from on-site child care to the availability of high-quality food. The report dives deep into these viable solutions for companies to consider when setting up shop. 

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