The Global Courier and Delivery Services industry comprises two segments, which include larger couriers and smaller local delivery companies. Together, these segments provide air, surface and express courier delivery services of parcels, documents and packages to a wide variety of consumers. Demand for each segment differs based on the services offered. Specifically, downstream demand stems from manufacturers and retailers across the globe, while demand for local delivery services is derived from households and other local markets. Over the past five years, many developments in the online retailing space have driven growth in this industry...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The industry has moderate barriers to entry. Barriers are higher for global integrators, but lower for entrants into niche or domestic express markets. As an extreme example, anyone with a vehicle and communication equipment such as a mobile phone can operate a business. These types of participants do exist and service market niches. However, they suffer from a lack of bargaining power and are usually price-takers. Conversely, large nationwide and international operations require significant capital to set up operations.There are minimal regulations and licensing requirements preventing companies from entering the industry. Drivers must only have a valid operator's license in good standing with the state of issuance, and comprehensive up-to-date insurance. How...purchase to read more.

Additional Insights for the Global Courier & Delivery Services Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Courier & Delivery Services Industry are

  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Having a diverse range of clients
  • Market research and understanding
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Global consumer spending and Total value of world trade in the Global Courier & Delivery Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Global Courier & Delivery Services Industry?

    Operators in this industry primarily provide air, surface or combined express courier delivery services of parcels, documents and packages for business customers. Industry operators generally provide services between metropolitan areas or urban centers and form a network that includes local pickup and delivery to serve customers’ needs. This industry excludes services provided by national postal services and commercial airlines.

    Industry Products
  • Air transit courier services including express
  • Surface couriers and messengers
  • All other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing air, surface or combined courier delivery services
  • Providing express messenger and delivery services
  • Delivering parcels, documents and packages
  • Packing and sorting operations
  • Transferring and trucking (without storage)
  • Delivering time-sensitive and high-value-to-weight products
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Global consumer spending
  • Total value of world trade
  • Global internet usage
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
    Economic conditionsGrowing e-commerceIndustry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Global headwindsTechnological changesIndustry structure
  • Table: Global Courier & Delivery Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Courier & Delivery Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Manufacturing
  • Global Wholesale and Retail Trade
  • Global Financial Intermediation
  • Global Business Activities

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Car & Automobile Sales
  • Global Commercial Aircraft Manufacturing
  • Global Computer Hardware Manufacturing
  • Global Internet Service Providers
  • Other Global Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Surface couriers and messengers
  • Air transit courier services including express
  • All other services
  • Chart: Global Courier & Delivery Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Business services including retailers and wholesalers
  • All other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Courier & Delivery Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent, utilities, depreciation and marketing
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Courier & Delivery Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Courier & Delivery Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    FedEx Corp., United Parcel Service Inc., Deutsche Post DHL Group,
  • Table: FedEx Corp. - financial performance
  • Table: United Parcel Service Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Deutsche Post DHL Group - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Courier & Delivery Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Courier & Delivery Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Global Consumer Spending (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Express Delivery
  • Courier service that guarantees next-working-day delivery.
  • Less-Than-Truckload
  • Trucks carrying loads of between 100 to 10,000 pounds.
  • Registered Post
  • Courier or postal services that require a signature and confirmation of identity to accept delivery.
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