Firms are moving to invest where they see supply-chain issues creating an unmet demand — areas such as warehouse automation or other key logistical operations
The supply-chain crisis has become a profit opportunity for private-equity firms, which have increased their investments in the sector as companies spend more to transport and distribute goods in the wake of the pandemic.
Globally, private equity invested $50.6bn in logistics in 2021, according to PitchBook Data, a company that collects information on private-fund investments.
That figure is more than three times the amount invested in 2020 and 34% higher than the 2019 sum, which was the previous annual record for private-equity investment in supply chain businesses. PitchBook data show that firms have invested a further $9.1bn in 74 deals this year through early May despite the global slowdown in private-equity deal-making amid macroeconomic anxiety.
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