More Investment Needed in Logistics

Distribution and logistics are booming areas in businesses, who need to invest more in process automation and improving delivery times.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The international consulting firm Miebach, from Germany, has conducted for the first time a regional study on distribution and logistics among Central American companies, with the participation of 238 companies, 80 of them in Costa Rica (39% of the total).

The main findings for Costa Rica were that companies are expanding sales, have well qualified staff, but there are lags in terms of infrastructure, automating internal processes and product delivery times.

39% of the Costa Rican firms surveyed belong to the consumer goods sector, 22% are distributors, and the others are in logistics and retail services.

"Locally, one fifth said they had annual increases in the order of 5% to 10% per year and another percentage just over 10%. None experienced negative growth", reported

Regarding logistics costs, in the case of Costa Rica they are divided as follows: 29% for stock, 22% for transportation, 20% for staff payments, and another portion for infrastructure.

Costa Rica has slower delivery times than other countries. The average in Central America is less than 48 hours for 60% of companies, in Costa Rica nearly 60% do so in a period of between 48 and 72 hours.

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