Quick delivery: Rising as consumer spending and corporate profit will boost industry revenue

Although the markets for each segment in the Couriers and Local Delivery Services industry differ, demand for each segment tends to fluctuate in line with consumer spending, corporate profit and the number of businesses, all of which have increased over the five years to 2018. As a result, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to grow in 2018. Over the past five years, many developments in the e-commerce and online retailing space have driven growth in this industry. Additionally, seasonal holiday spending has risen due to improved economic conditions, increasing revenue for this industry. The Courier and Local Delivery Services industry is expected to build on momentum from the past five years moving forward...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$100bn
Annual Growth 13-18
4.1%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
862,745
Businesses
197,624

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Seasonal holiday spending has risen due to improved economic conditions
  • Larger operators dominate the couriers segment of the industry
  • The more imminent and substantial threat emanates from the industry’s key customers
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    Overall, the US Couriers and Local Delivery Services industry has a high level of concentration, as the top four companies in the industry account for 83.3% of industry revenue. The top two major players account for 79.7% of total industry revenue. While the industry as a whole has a very high level of concentration, there is a clear distinction of services between the two segments included in the Couriers and Local Delivery Services industry.The couriers segment, which accounts for the majority of industry revenue, is highly concentrated. However, the industry is also composed of local messengers and delivery services, which is a highly fragmented segment. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Couriers & Local Delivery Services Industry

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

  • Effective quality control
  • Differentiating services from competitors
  • Ability to pass on cost increases to clients
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Corporate profit and commerce sales in the Couriers & Local Delivery Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Couriers & Local Delivery Services Industry?

    This report combines two separate industries, namely Couriers and Local Messengers and Delivery Services. 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
  • Air Transit Services
  • Ground deliveries
  • Other services including Messengers and local deliveries
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing air courier services
  • Providing general courier services (intercity network)
  • Providing local letter and parcel delivery services (intercity network and non-intercity network services)
  • Providing messenger services
  • Serving as bicycle couriers
  • Providing grocery delivery services (i.e. independent service from grocery store)
  • Providing restaurant meal delivery services (i.e. independent delivery services)
  • Providing alcoholic beverage 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
  • Corporate profit
  • commerce sales
  • Consumer spending
  • Number of businesses

  • Current Performance
  • Business customers drive demand
  • Competition persists
  • Growing e-commerce
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competition and environmental regulation
  • E-commerce will become the most important market
  • Industry profit
  • Table: Couriers & Local Delivery Services Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Retail Trade
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Aircraft Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul
  • Bicycle Dealership and Repair
  • Boat Dealership and Repair
  • Fuel Dealers
  • Motorcycle Dealership and Repair
  • Oil Change Services

  • Products & Services
  • Ground deliveries
  • Air Transit Services
  • Other services including Messengers and local deliveries
  • Chart: Couriers & Local Delivery Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Business to Consumers including Households
  • Business to Business
  • All Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Couriers & Local Delivery Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Marketing
  • Other expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Couriers & Local Delivery Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Large couriers
  • Local couriers

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Couriers & Local Delivery Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    United Parcel Service Inc., FedEx Corporation,
  • Table: United Parcel Service Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: FedEx Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Couriers & Local 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 Couriers & Local Delivery Services Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Consumer Spending (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Courier Service
  • Fast, door-to-door, local or international pickup and delivery service of letters and goods that uses a network of transportation systems, including air and ground transportation.
  • Express Delivery
  • A courier service that guarantees quick delivery, mainly next-business-day or two-day service.
  • Local Messengers
  • Companies that deliver small items within a single metropolitan area.
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