After growth was achieved in 2018, the RSA (Returnable Shipping Assets) sector foresees a great 2019, with a multitude of projects, as described in Alimarket's latest Report of the Pooling Sector, which contains an analysis of the activities of the 12 main players in this sector.
These firms, with Chep and Euro Pool at the top, continue gaining customers and adding new services, and have turned Spain into a key market for their European groups. Meanwhile, the latest operators that have arrived in Spain (IPP Logipal and Contraload) continue consolidating in the market, attracting customers from sectors that were not traditionally users of the pool system.
Virtual reality, drones and big data
Another key move for the sector in 2019 will be the use of new technologies to provide increasingly advanced and personalized services to users of the pool system. The objective is for customers to perceive that the pool system is not a mere rental of equipment, but the best option for an optimal logistics management of the packaging required for storage, transportation and store display. In this area, the use of virtual and augmented reality, big data, process automation or drones have much to contribute, as companies reveal in the aforementioned report.
Support for emissions reduction
The RSA pools have also outlined their strategies to continue reducing the carbon footprint of their activities, given how important this is currently becoming, with large cities enforcing regulations for the reduction of emissions. In this sense, collaborative transport or the 'Lean & Green' initiative are some of the strategies that are being developed.
2019 could thus be a year of growth for the sector.