The increasing complexity of the global supply chain drives demand for industry services.
Procurement and Supply Chain Consultants (PRWEB) February 27, 2014
Over the past three decades, the Australian economy has opened itself up to international trade and re-balanced away from manufacturing. The Procurement and Supply Chain Consultants industry has been central to this process, providing expert advice to companies as they adapted to new technology, sourced goods from new countries and improved their internal procedures. The industry's service offerings are well understood by clients, and the number of untapped new markets is drying up. Operators are increasingly dependent on demand trends in major markets. In the five years through 2013-14, growing demand from government, retail and spillover effects from the Mining division have supported revenue growth at a compound annual rate of 1.9%. In 2013-14, the industry is forecast to grow 2.2% to be worth $1.4 billion. Certain product segments have expanded over the past five years, driving industry growth. Australia is now heavily integrated into the world economy. Goods sold by domestic retailers come from supply chains that extend globally. In the Manufacturing division, end-to-end product development has given way to the assembly of parts from all over the world, as well as locally produced inputs. IBISWorld industry analyst Caroline Finch states, “The increasing complexity of global supply chains has driven demand for industry services such as supply chain risk assessments and logistics advice.” Consulting in more generic areas, such as contract or tender management, has lost share to these services.
In the next five years, the industry is expected to change shape. Large-scale procurement and supply chain advice contracts are declining, with the exception of the public sector. According to Finch, “demand is expected to grow from smaller scale companies that have been late to implement changes, such as the practices required to successfully sell online. New, smaller size and more specialised business structures are expected to emerge to adapt to demand from this group.” In turn, large-scale advisory firms already in the industry are likely to migrate towards technical services where economies of scale exist, such as risk consulting.
The Procurement and Supply Chain Consultants industry is characterised by a low level of market share concentration. The industry is highly fragmented and diverse and is dominated by a large number of small businesses. While the industry mainly consists of niche operators providing specialised procurement services to clients, there are also large well-known consulting firms, such as major players Accenture and Deloitte, which also offer procurement and supply chain consulting services. The divide between niche operators and major players is significant, as large firms will often earn higher revenue due to greater economies of scale. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Procurement and Supply Chain Consultants report in Australia industry page.
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Businesses in this industry are primarily engaged in providing advice to companies on procurement functions, such as indirect and direct procurement, as well as supply chain management.
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