Industry

Surface Transportation

We prepare our clients for the future of mobility today.

We advise railroads, motor carriers, maritime, supply chain and logistics integrators, postal companies, express and freight transport business, as well as governments and regulators to help shape the face of the industry. With deep industry expertise, our consulting team helps clients stay ahead of the competition by working with them on their most challenging problems around strategic growth, digital transformation, operational improvement, and organizational effectiveness.

Our industry expertise extends beyond strategy and operations to include the specialized capabilities in business digitalization, customer end-to-end journey solutions, sustainable development programs, and innovative financial solutions for transportation assets. Oliver Wyman also has deep experience in due diligence, turnaround, and privatization of transport infrastructure.

Whether it is strategic network and asset optimization or machine learning applications that offer new customer insights, through a special collaboration with Oliver Wyman Labs, we offer transportation-specific analytical tools and development capabilities to make massive amount of data meaningful and drive advanced decision making.

We also collaborate with our colleagues across the broader transportation practice  to serve clients in air or mixed modal transportation sectors like aviation, aerospace, logistics and 3PLs, express, and postal providers.

Our primary areas of focus include:  

Rail & Road

Oliver Wyman provides strategic, operational, and financial planning consulting to private and state-owned freight and passenger railroads worldwide. Our areas of expertise include market and competitive analysis, digitalization strategies, business design, and the development of winning operational and commercial strategies.

We also provide best-in-class expertise in evaluating the processes and functions supporting the operations of surface transportation networks. Our team members are leading experts on rail and road equipment (rolling stock, rail control systems, rail equipment sub-systems, etc.), infrastructure management, and shop optimization, with extensive experience across all major freight and passenger markets.

Postal & Express

Postal and express providers are facing radical shifts in demand patterns due to technological changes, aggressive marketplace competition paired with intense cost pressures, new e-commerce opportunities, and an overall current of globalization.  New players are emerging and evolving quickly and past offerings don’t always fit today’s consumer needs.

We help our postal clients to grow, digitize their businesses, optimize their operations, craft new customer-oriented solutions, and assist with expansion plans such as acquisitions to redefine their business’ role to remain vibrant and relevant in today’s digital world.

3PL/Freight/Logistics Integrators

Evolving e-commerce dynamics, slowing global trade volumes and new disruptive players have sent the incumbent logistics sector into turmoil, with all players now in search of innovative offerings and the next growth engine.

We work with our clients to define the next growth cycle and to address the opportunities of digitalization.

We have never experienced as much of radical change as we see today in the logistics industry. Incumbents know their clients best – a huge opportunity if played out well.
Joris D'Inca, Express & Logistics Sector Leader

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