Contract Logistics “Gino Marchet”

Work Team


The Contract Logistics “Gino Marchet” Observatory, a vertical work team within Digital Innovation Observatories,that since 2011 analyses the third party logistics sector In Italy, with the support of a broad and highly specialized community and the collaboration of Assologistica.

The Observatory studies the evolution of the Italian logistics outsourcing market in all its flavours, from strategic outsourcing to tactical outsourcing decisions. In addition to quantitatively measuring the phenomenon, the Observatory’s aim is to critically examine the sectors’ leading evolution elements and discuss on the role of innovation that the Contract Logistics supplier ecosystem can have in spreading excellence practices in logistics and supply chain management in Italy.



The Observatory develops according to an annual work schedule consisting of the following activities:

  • a Research path branching in a variety of streams agreed with the Partners of the initiative at the beginning of the year;
  • four intermediate Workshops reserved to the initiatives’ Partner and Sponsor community and to Advisory Board client company members, where Research status and updates are shared and debated;
  • a public Conference, typically held in November, at which a summary of Research findings is presented, enriched by initiative Partner testimonies;
  • a second public Conference, typically held in January of the year following the Research, where case histories of companies invited by initiative Partners are presented and commented in view of Observatory Research evidence;
  • an organized communication plan for the circulation of Research results on major sector publications and on national newspapers, with the goal of creating culture on the Contract Logistics theme in Italy.


The Contract Logistics “Gino Marchet” Observatory aims for the following Research goals:

  • quantitatively measure the Contract Logistics phenomenon (the amount of data is significant but the impression is that an overall view is still missing);
  • critically examine sector evolution and innovation elements (business model, technologic innovation, process innovation, …);
  • use a combination of quantitative research methods (financial statement analysis, sector analysis) and qualitative (case studies, surveys);
  • develop a meaningful debate with managers from offering supply chain companies and services user companies with which to set the research, sharing issues and results. A Work Team has been established for this, consisting of over 40 Partner and Sponsor companies and by over 30 client companies.


Work Team

The Contract Logistics “Gino Marchet” Observatory Work Team consists of: Research Team (Observatory directors and researchers); Advisory Board; Research Partners and Sponsors.



Sponsorship opportunities

Every year more than 300 companies join the Digital Innovation Observatories activities, getting in touch with the corporate, institutional and academic decision makers

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Partners and Sponsors

For more information on how to collaborate with and support Contract Logistics “Gino Marchet” Observatory, please contact Damiano Frosi (email: damiano.frosi@polimi.it).