Confidence Index 2017

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Ireland Logistics & Supply Chain

Confidence Index 2017 CBRE and KPMG explore the latest industry trends and outlook

Introduction CBRE, KPMG Ireland and the FTAI, in conjunction with specialist sector research agency Analytiqa, have recently undertaken the second in a series of annual surveys to assess confidence and expectations in the Irish logistics and supply chain sector. This survey mirrors similar analysis that is undertaken by Analytiqa in other countries on this specialist sector of the economy and follows on from last year’s inaugural Irish survey.

Garrett McClean, Executive Director CBRE

We are delighted that more than 50 senior decision makers from across the logistics and supply chain sector in Ireland have for the second year running kindly expressed their views and insights to facilitate this important industry research. Three-quarters of respondents have taken part in both surveys, giving us valuable consistency of participation. Respondents included CEOs, managing directors and senior management of some of the largest logistics providers firms and buyers in the State. The resulting report examines the key performance indicators for businesses operating within the logistics and supply chain sector. It provides insights from both logistics buyer and provider perspectives giving us a 360 degree view of sentiment and current issues and topics affecting the sector. In addition to sharing their views on the recent performance of the logistics sector, respondents also outlined their expectations over the near term.

Fionn Uibh Eachach Director KPMG

Since last year’s survey was conducted, it is fair to say that the landscape has changed immeasurably, with seismic events affecting Ireland’s two largest trading partners. Concerns such as last June’s unexpected Brexit referendum result and the election of a new President in the United States have exercised the minds of respondents to this year’s survey and it is no surprise that there has been a deterioration in overall confidence in the sector year-on-year considering the more uncertain backdrop. Throughout the report, we have compared this year’s results with those from 12 months ago for reference. Considering how significant Brexit will be for this sector of the economy, we have provided additional commentary on this subject in the subsequent pages, which we hope will be of interest. We trust you will enjoy reading this year’s edition of the CBRE KPMG Irish Logistics and Supply Chain Confidence Index and would welcome any feedback you might have.

All figures and data relating to the Irish Confidence Index within this report have been researched by Analytiqa. Analytiqa is a market analysis and business intelligence company providing published reports, custom research and strategic advisory for multinational clients across all sectors and industry verticals of the global supply chain. Analytiqa delivers high quality, commercially relevant research to assist clients to grow and profit in challenging and competitive markets. No part of this publication may be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system, in any form or by any means, electrical, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise, without the prior consent of the publishers. The views and forecasts presented in this report represent independent findings and conclusions drawn from a study by Analytiqa. Analytiqa can accept no responsibility for any investment decision made on the basis of this information or for any omissions or inaccuracies that may be contained in this report. This report has been produced in good faith and independently of any operator or supplier to the industry.

Contents 1.

CBRE Market Summary............................................................ 1

2. KPMG Industry Focus – Brexit.................................................. 5 3. Measuring Confidence.............................................................. 9