1. Young entrants bringing change. A growing number of young firms are establishing in the logistics space, which has traditionally been perceived as an innovation laggard given its analogue processes, high asset intensity, and low margins. Of the 331 new players that have come into long-distance logistics since 2010, founding activity is the most significant in North America (38%), Europe (30%), and Asia (24%).
2. Platform applications enjoying strong momentum. Platform-based solutions offering digital marketplaces for brokering logistics services make up 75% of the top 20 most funded startups in the field. These firms, also known as ‘digital freight forwarders’, often also offer full-service solutions to arrange the entire transport journey from A to B. In response to the competitive pressure, established logistics players have also entered the platform space, with prominent actions including DHL's digital freight platform, or Maersk’s Twill platform. The interest in platform-based solutions can also be evidenced by the funding for top startups, which is noticeably bigger than that in a second field of interest: autonomous trucking.
3. A tale of two continents. The figure below shows a comparison of aggregated financing sums in the periods of 2010-2014 and 2015-2020. Aside from a general uptick, the investment dynamics in Asia are particularly notable as the burgeoning funding totals are outpacing other regions, and closing the gap to their North American counterparts.
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