France Logistics Industry

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Briefly describe the logistics industry in this country and the workforce According to The World Bank Logistics Performance Index, the logistics industry in France is ranked number 13 compared to 160 countries, measuring at 3.85. Their highest ranking indicator was that of timeliness which may be contributed to their vast transportation infrastructure. Important segments within their logistics industry is wholesale and retail trade, transportation, accommodations and food services. Within industry, the manufacturing, mining and quarrying segment represents 12.8 percent and construction accounts for 6 percent of total GDP. Agriculture contributes 2 percent to GDP. Yet, France is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the…show more content…
In 2007, Norbert Dentressangle doubled its size and significantly strengthened its position in Europe with the acquisition of Christian Salvesen, and in March 2011 it bought the British company TDG. The company reported proforma revenues of €3.8 billion for 2012. Norbert Dentressangle operates from 500 sites in 20 European countries and employs 37,700 people and is headquartered in Saint-Vallier, Drôme, France. Other key logistics companies located and operating in France are some of the more popular companies that are heavily utilized within the United States such as United Parcel Service (UPS), FEDEX, Yusen Logistics, and DHL. Their presence in France is due to the expansion of logistics operations and growth within Paris and the connection to adjoining countries. France enjoys one of the most sophisticated infrastructures in the world, developed through the govern-ment's heavy investment in the field and made possible by advanced technology. A network of various modes of transportation blankets the whole country, including air, land, and rail transportation. Transportation is also possible via rivers. The technologically advanced rail system— utilizing some of the fastest trains in the world—is operated by the French National Railways (SNCF), a state-owned company.
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