Seasonal effects help prices to recover. Price index still on lower level than in (Q2) 2008

The sixteenth edition of the Transport Market Monitor by Capgemini Consulting and Transporeon assesses European transport and haulage dynamics

TRANSPOREON125CGC125Utrecht, 20th August 2013 – The sixteenth edition of the Transport Market Monitor (TMM) by Transporeon and Capgemini Consulting reveals that transport prices increased by 11.5% in Q2 2013 compared to Q1. The  transport price index recovered strongly from the low level last quarter. This increase is the second largest increase observed in the TMM since its inception in 2008. 

Main highlights of the report

  • The price index increased by 11.5% in Q2 2013 (index 100.6), compared to the price index in Q1 (index 90.2).
  • When comparing to the index level of the previous year, Q2 2012 (index 99.4), the price index increased by 1.2%.
  • In Q2 2013, the diesel index decreased to an index 103.8
    (-1.8%). Compared to the all time high in Q3 of last year, the prices are substantially lower (5.9% decrease).
  • The capacity index decreased in Q2 2013 (-32.9%), currently it is at exactly the same level as one year ago: index 78.2.
  • Despite the fall in fuel prices, the effect of short capacity caused the transport price index to rise. 

Dennis Wereldsma, Managing consultant Logistics within Capgemini Consulting and one of the authors of the report, said:

“It looks like optimism is back in the transport market. However, we also observe much more volatility in transport rates. This could be the result of more frequent price negotiations and shorter contract terms. Shippers don’t have to lock in a long-term rate when they are uncertain about what might happen down the road. Both shippers and carriers face a trade-off between stability and prices. A balance is essential for business continuity of the supply chain partners.” 

Peter Förster, Managing Director of Transporeon, added:

“In the past quarter, we have monitored the second largest increase of transport prices in the TMM since 2008. It shows that the price level is increasing and will likely to continue increasing; however we are still on a lower level than the level measured 5 years ago. On a month by month comparison, we were surprised to observe a higher price level in May than in June. Most probably, this was due to quite a few short weeks as this year had many early public holidays.”

More details can be found in the Transport Market Monitor on 

The Transport Market Monitor by Transporeon and Capgemini Consulting is a quarterly publication that aims to track transport market dynamics.

The aim of the Transport Market Monitor is to provide insights in the development of transport prices, and other transport market dynamics to logistics executives and other interest groups. It is a joint initiative from TRANSPOREON and Capgemini Consulting. The Index is based on the logistics platform TRANSPOREON on which shippers tender and process their transport needs to their preferred transport partners on a daily basis. Anonymously, information is unlocked from the platform and analysed by Capgemini Consulting. This results in monthly Indices which are published on a quarterly basis.

About Capgemini

With more than 125,000 people in 44 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2012 global revenues of EUR 10.3 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM, and draws on Rightshore®, its worldwide delivery model.

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About Capgemini Consulting

Capgemini Consulting is the global strategy and transformation consulting organization of the Capgemini Group, specializing in advising and supporting enterprises in significant transformation, from innovative strategy to execution and with an unstinting focus on results. With the new digital economy creating significant disruptions and opportunities, our global team of over 3,600 talented individuals work with leading companies and governments to master Digital Transformation, drawing on our understanding of the digital economy and our leadership in business transformation and organizational change. 

About Transporeon

The logistics platform TRANSPOREON connects shippers from industry & trading companies with carriers, drivers & consignees – and optimizes and accelerates logistics processes by Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions. TRANSPOREON allows reducing dispatch and freight costs, while minimizing waiting times during loading and unloading. Currently more than 850 industry and trading companies, more than 28,000 carriers and more than 100,000 users from 80 countries are connected via the TRANSPOREON platform. The platform as well as the customer service is available in 21 languages.

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