IBISWorld’s Couriers 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.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

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...

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There are three major segments of courier activities in China - international delivery, inland delivery and urban delivery. The barriers to entry vary greatly across different segments.

The absolute cost advantage that existing companies have is a major barrier to entry, especially in the urban delivery segment. In this segment, most small domestic companies have absolute cost advantages of small investments in the form of fixed assets and low labor costs. A small urban express company can even employ only a few temporary workers and provide bicycle delivery.

Express networks are crucial to companies in the industry, especially in the inland delivery segment. Companies seek to extend their network to benefit from greater convenience in sending and receiving parcels. The..

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

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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 services
  • Segments 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

  • Products & Markets
    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
    Competitive Landscape
    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
    Major Companies
    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

  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    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
    Jargon & Glossary
    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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