The growth of Supply Chain & Logistics industry in Spain

Spain is one of the major European countries in maritime freight transportation, with an 8,000-kilometer coastline. It is also one of the most developed countries in terms of rail and road transport.

Spain is in a unique situation in Southern Europe, as it sits at the crossroads of the major goods traffic routes. The European Union’s (EU) eastward expansion benefits Spain’s strategic location in terms of trade flows and centers of distribution of foreign trade in the EU and beyond.

Connectivity that fuels the growth of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), which comprises two of the nine multimodal European corridors identified by the European Union as priorities: the Atlantic Corridor and the Mediterranean Corridor. The significant flows of products and people are focused along the main arteries.

One of the key drivers of the logistics business is e-commerce. In Spain, e-commerce sales are worth more than EUR 25 billion, and the sector is growing at a rate of more than 15%. Demand for warehousing and distribution is increasing as the e-commerce market grows.

Many enterprises are centered along the principal logistical routes in Madrid and Barcelona, the country’s two largest logistics markets.

Because of the rapid rise of e-commerce, and particularly because of the pandemic, more and more significant Spanish cities are housing logistics facilities and platforms. The development of these logistics facilities boosts these populations’ economies while also creating new jobs.

Logistics is a growing field. According to Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Tourism, it accounts for 10% of the country’s GDP, provides one more than a million jobs, and connects together 197,000 businesses.

DHL, DB Schenker, Ceva Logistics, DSV, XPO Logistics Inc, and TIBA are just a few of the major international companies in the business, alongside domestic companies like Naeko, Carcaba, Primafrio SL, Seur Geopost SL, etc. In recent years, the business has seen a lot of consolidation, which is projected to continue.

There are several career prospects in logistics nowadays, ranging from e-commerce and data research to logistics management.

The expansion of international goods transit and the rise of e commerce are expanding career opportunities in the transportation and supply chain management fields.

Aside from transportation and logistics training, the sector’s job demand is currently heavily geared toward profiles with an additional technical knowhow.

Experts in robots, big data, and artificial intelligence, as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) vocations, are in high demand in this area.

The following are the most in-demand positions in the logistics industry:
• Supply Chain Manager
• Import – Export manager
• Purchasing Manager
• Operations Manager
• Traffic Manager
• Inventory Manager
• Warehouse operator
• Forklift handler.
• Shipment Manager

After a hiatus of 2 years due to pandemic, the 22nd International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition, SIL Barcelona 2022, hosted at the city’s Fira de Barcelona exhibition venue in Montjuc from May 31 to June 2.

The purpose of SIL Barcelona is to operate as a bridge for multinational firms from Europe, Africa, America, and the Mediterranean corridor by connecting every logistics channel from the world of industry.

This will attract a lot of international and national employment opportunities in the industry in the near future.

Our student, Raunak, shares his experience and insights of doing a paid internship in the industry.

C3S Business School, Barcelona offers diploma and master’s programs in Logistics & Supply Chain Management which help international students to have deep insights in the specialized field to set the fundamentals right for a rewarding career.

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Pooja Shah is the Head of Digital Content and Engagement at Barcelona's C3S Business School. She has over 12 years of international experience in the field of education, with a diverse portfolio of roles. She is the driving force behind the school's digital content on its website and social media platforms. She went on to get her MBA with a specialty in Human Resources after excelling academically in her Bachelor's in Computer Applications. Her passion is to educate and inspire the humanity, thereby contributing her bit to the society.