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 can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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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

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This industry is comprised of large couriers and smaller local delivery companies, each with distinct operating conditions. Large couriers use a network of air and surface transportation systems to provide delivery services nationwide, while local messengers only provide delivery services within a single urban area. Both segments provide services for a diversified customer base in an effort to shield demand from a downturn in any one specific market.

Over the five years to 2014, IBISWorld expects revenue for the Couriers and Local Delivery Services industry to increase at an average annual rate of 3.0% to $93.5 billion... 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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