The Courier industry is a relatively new business segment in China. In its modern form, it has existed for about 30 years. Due to an increasingly dynamic domestic economy and improved transportation infrastructure, this industry experienced impressive growth in the past decade. In the five years to 2017, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 29.4% to $63.8 billion. There are more than 4,800 enterprises operating in the industry, employing over 569,000 workers with a payroll of about $3.3 billion.Couriers will benefit from steady future growth in China's economy, and the development of more niche markets...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry is characterized by a large number of employees, whose average payment, however, is not high. Partly because of the availability of low-cost labor in China, courier activities have developed rapidly in recent years. With technology improvements and the higher requirements by customers, employees in the industry are required to have more professional skills.Using depreciation (2.3% in 2017) as a proxy for capital, and wages and management and administration (9.7% in 2017) as a proxy for labor, ACMR-IBISWorld estimates that only 24 cents are invested in capital for every dollar spent on labor.Not all companies in the industry have sufficient transportation capacity or abilities. Man...purchase to read more.

Additional Insights for the Couriers Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Couriers Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Transport Infrastructure and Growth (GDP) & Inflation - Nation in the Couriers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Couriers Industry?

    Couriers in China provide collection, transportation and delivery services for parcels or small articles. They also provide customers with fast, convenient and flexible business express delivery services. Services provided by the national postal system are not included in this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Urban express services
  • Inland express services
  • International express services
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Non-national postal express delivery services
  • Non-national postal delivery services of all types of small articles or parcels
  • Non-national postal delivery services of the press
  • All types of business express delivery services
  • All types of household express delivery services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Transport Infrastructure
  • Growth (GDP) & Inflation - Nation
  • Industry Systems and Technology - Freight Forwarding (except Road)
  • Internet/Catalogue Shopping

  • Current Performance
    Improved servicesSegments and structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Enterprises and employment
  • Table: Couriers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Couriers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Households
  • Online Shopping

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Air Transportation of Freight
  • Auto & Parts Wholesaling
  • Freight Trucking
  • Gas Stations

  • Products & Services
  • Inland express services
  • Other services
  • Urban express services
  • International express services
  • Chart: Couriers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Business activities
  • Diversified requirements for courier services
  • Development of e-commerce
  • Improved courier services

  • Major Markets
  • E-commerce companies
  • Corporate clients
  • Private customers
  • Others
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Couriers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Transport
  • Wages
  • Rent
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Couriers

  • Basis of Competition
  • Price
  • Service
  • Network competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Couriers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    SF Express Co. Ltd., ZTO Express Co. Ltd., Shanghai YTO Express (Logistics) Co. Ltd., Yunda Ltd., Shanghai STO Express Co. Ltd.,
  • Table: SF Express Co. Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: ZTO Express Co. Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: Shanghai YTO Express (Logistics) Co. Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: Yunda Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: Shanghai STO Express Co. Ltd. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Couriers 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 Couriers Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Total Assets (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Express Mail Service (Ems)
  • The sector of China Post engaged in express delivery services.
  • National Postal System
  • Operated by China Post, which is a government agency, this system provides postal services across China.
  • Urban Express Service
  • Express delivery services within a city or two proximate cities.
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