Couriers & Local Delivery Services in the US: Market Research Report

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Couriers & Local Delivery Services Market Research Report | NAICS 49222 | Sep 2014

Bulk shipment: Increasing technology and growing competition will temper revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Couriers & Local Delivery Services market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Despite poor economic conditions and falling demand, the Couriers and Local Delivery Services industry maintained profitability throughout the five years to 2014. Since UPS and FedEx, two major players, dominate the industry, margins declined but were not severely impacted. In the five years to 2019, the industry is expected to continue its solid growth, with steady increases in consumer spending and the number of businesses, all of which will contribute to moderate revenue growth. Additionally, the rise of ecommerce and decline of the brick and mortar store will benefit industry operators... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

The most highly populated states and regions of the United States generate the greatest volumes for the Couriers and Local Delivery Services industry. Accordingly, establishments are heavily concentrated in these areas. For instance, the West has 17.8% of industry establishments and 17.1% of the US population. The states with the largest number of establishments include California, Texas, New York and Florida. After the recession, difficult economic conditions and falling demand negatively impacted all states, and establishment numbers contracted across the US as firms left the industry.

The Southeast, which accounts for the highest number of establishments, is also home to the two largest industry players: UPS and FedEx... purchase to read more


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What is the Couriers & Local Delivery Services Industry?

This report combines two separate industries, namely Couriers (NAICS 49211) and Local Messengers and Delivery Services (NAICS 49221). Couriers are establishments that primarily engage in delivery services between urban centers using a network of air and surface transportation systems. In contrast, local messengers provide delivery services within a single urban area and are excluded from courier networks.

Industry Products
Domestic air transit deliveriesInternational air transit deliveriesGround deliveriesMessengers and local deliveries
Industry Activities
Providing air courier servicesProviding general courier services (intercity network)Providing local letter and parcel delivery services (intercity network and non-intercity network services)Providing messenger serviceServing as bicycle couriersProviding grocery delivery services (i.e. independent service from grocery store)Providing restaurant meals delivery services (i.e. independent delivery services)Providing alcoholic beverage delivery services

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