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ASEAN Logistics Market—Disruptive Innovations, Forecast to 2025

ASEAN Logistics Market—Disruptive Innovations, Forecast to 2025

By 2025, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region is expected to be the next destination for global participants, replacing China, with its geographic proximity, large consumer base, and low costs attracting traders. Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam (the CLMV countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion) are emerging as an attractive destination for investors. The ASEAN marked its 50th anniversary in 2017, striving to move forward as a single market and production base. Implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will unify ASEAN members under a single cluster, making it an attractive hub for investors. An integrated transport and mobility infrastructure in the region offers a new dimension for the growth of the ASEAN. Trade activities are expected to record tangible advances with the support of participating governments. A growing consumer base, due to urbanization in ASEAN and enhanced by digital penetration, drives online business model adoption by industry players, encouraging the integration of both local and international logistics providers. The top 10 disruptive trends identified in the field of logistics in the region are expected to enhance ASEAN’s position as an international leading business hub. The innovative trends are expected to be interrelated, boosting the growth of the logistics industry in ASEAN. Significant growth is forecast in the logistics industry across ASEAN during the next decade driven by the logistics trends.

Development of a logistics master plan in ASEAN countries is becoming a key requirement for the countries’ initiatives to facilitate a Strategic Transport Plan at a regional level as a part of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) integration. The transport plan and frameworks enhance the growth of cross-border logistics, enabling seamless connectivity and creating opportunities for goods offering effective trade facilitation to stakeholders. This will be further enhanced by the adoption of technology solutions such as eCommerce and app-based crowdsourced logistics platforms, leading the supply chain activities from insourcing to outsourcing, rail and freight transportation. Rising urbanization and uberization trends also boost the growth of start-up companies as part of the supply chain model in ASEAN.

Blockchain is a global trend that has influenced ASEAN’s supply chain management. The rise of blockchain in ASEAN is expected to facilitate logistics management and accelerate trade growth along with the support of rapid adoption of digital technology by stakeholders in the region. The logistics industry in ASEAN is forecast to be more agile and anticipatory by 2025, allowing service providers to address the rising demand with cost- and time-effective solutions.


  • Executive Summary
    • Summary of Key Findings
    • Top 10 Disruptive Trends in ASEAN-A Snapshot
  • Research Scope, Objectives, Background, and Methodology
    • Research Scope
    • Research Aims and Objectives
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
    • Research Background
    • Research Methodology
  • Definitions
    • Definitions Used in the Study
    • List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
  • ASEAN
    • Overview ASEAN
    • ASEAN Economic Dashboard
    • ASEAN Population Growth
    • ASEAN Logistics Competency
    • ASEAN Logistics Infrastructure-ASEAN-6
    • ASEAN Logistics Infrastructure-CLMV
    • ASEAN Trade Facilitation
  • Top 10 Disruptive Trends-ASEAN
    • Top 10 Disruptive Trends-ASEAN
  • Urban Logistics
    • Key Trends in Urbanization
    • ASEAN Mega Cities
    • ASEAN Mega Regions
    • ASEAN Mega Corridors
    • ASEAN Smart and Sustainable Cities
    • Implications of Urbanization and Rising SMART Cities
    • Future Outlook of Urbanization
    • Case Study-Singapore
  • National Logistics Master Plan
    • Highlights of National Logistics Master Plan-Trends in ASEAN
    • Case Study-Malaysia
    • Case Study-Indonesia
    • Implications of National Logistics Master Plan-ASEAN
  • Emerging Hotbeds
    • Emergence of CMLV Countries
    • CLMV as Part of the Greater Mekong Subregion
    • Implication of GMS-Emerging Hotbeds in CLMV
    • Case Study-Vietnam
  • Acceleration of Logistics Outsourcing
    • Logistics and Supply Chain Segmentation
    • Outsourcing Trends in Logistics
    • Case Study-Singapore
    • Implications of Outsourcing of Logistics Services
  • Rise of ASEAN eCommerce
    • eCommerce Facilitating the Retail Industry in ASEAN
    • Rise of Last-mile Delivery Due to eCommerce
    • Impact of eCommerce-Logistics and Supply Chain Model in ASEAN
    • Case Study-Malaysia
  • Cross-border Logistics
    • Regional Trends Boosting Cross-Border Logistics
    • Impact of Border Logistics-ASEAN
    • Case Study-Thailand
    • Case Study-Malaysia
  • Freight Shift from Road to Rail
    • Overview of Rail Freight-ASEAN
    • Competitive Advantages of Freight-A Shift from Road to Rail
    • Trans-Asian Railway-Connecting Asia and Europe
    • Rail Network in ASEAN-Extended for an International Reach
    • Case Study-Malaysia
  • Uberization
    • Uber's Operational Model
    • On-Demand Model Adoption-Freight Transportation
    • Rising Number of On-demand Disruptors Globally
    • Case Study-Thailand
  • Rise of Blockchain
    • Blockchain-Driving Supply Chain Automation in ASEAN
    • Impact of Blockchain
    • Case Study-Singapore
  • Digital Disruption of Start-ups
    • Rise of Start-ups-Logistics Industry
    • Emergence of Start-up Companies
    • Case Study-Singapore
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Growth Opportunities-ASEAN
    • Growth Opportunity-Logistics Industry
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  • Conclusion
    • An Integrated Single Market through AEC
    • Impact of Innovative Trends in ASEAN
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Timeline
    • Implementation of AEC-Significant Advantages
    • ASEAN 6
      • Table Selected key Macroeconomic Indicators, ASEAN 6*, 2015
    • CLMV
      • Table Selected Key Macroeconomic Indicators, CLMV*, 2015#
    • Urbanization and Rising SMART Cities
      • Table Fastest Growing Second-Tier Cities, ASEAN, 2015-2025

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