Now in its fourth year of publication, this sectorial study was undertaken in conjunction with AIB and specialist research agency Analytiqa. More than 50 senior decision makers from across the island of Ireland participated in this year’s survey with respondents including CEO’s, Managing Directors and senior management of some of the largest logistics providers and buyers of supply chain services. Over 75% of respondents to this year’s survey have taken part in either three or all four of the surveys to date.

 

In brief some of the key findings of this year’s survey include:

  • A decline in confidence amongst supply chain professionals in Ireland year-on-year, with optimism amongst logistics operators dropping back to below 2017 levels for the first time
  • The declining optimism is being influenced by lower anticipated levels of GDP growth in 2019, similar to trends across Europe
  • The survey found that 72% of respondents expect conditions to be more difficult over the next 12 months, up from 38% last year
  • Despite this, it is interesting to see that respondents are generally confident about increasing turnover within their businesses and 61% forecast increased profitability over the next 12 months
  • Logistics operators are considerably more confident of increasing the profitability of their business when compared to manufacturers and retailers (71% of respondents in the logistics sector in contrast to 50% of manufacturers and retailers)
  • Meanwhile, 69% of all respondents expect their turnover to increase over the next year
  • 77% of respondents expect an increase in demand for warehousing in 2019
  • 62% of companies in this sector are either ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to make significant logistics and supply chain related capital expenditure in 2019
  • 51% intend to increase their logistics-related headcount in next 12 months
  • With demand expected to continue to outstrip supply for some time yet, the industrial and logistics property sector is expected to see an increase in prime industrial rents in Dublin of up to 6.5% over the course of the next 12 months, rendering speculative development viable in some instances