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Postal Service in the US: Market Research Report

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Postal Service Market Research Report | NAICS 49111 | Aug 2016

Snow nor rain: Postal service will contend with losses due to high retirement payments

The Postal Service market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The industry is projected to operate at a loss due to heightening external competition
  • New price regulations are intended to increase industry revenue through price adjustments
  • The USPS is exploring other methods of revenue generation
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over the past five years, internet services such as online banking and e-mail have increasingly replaced traditional mail. Additionally, because the US Postal Service (USPS) is highly regulated, it is vulnerable to government-mandated expenses, which have dramatically raised costs for the industry. As a result, in the five years to 2016, IBISWorld expects revenue to decline.The industry is projected to operate at a loss in the five years to 2021 due to PAEA payments and heightening external competition; however, other areas of the industry's performance are expected to improve. Over the next five years, wages are forecast to fall faster than revenue, which will offset some of the industry's losses... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Postal Service industry is very labor intensive, because employees are needed to sort, distribute and deliver mail to businesses, homes and other organizations. Over the past decade, the industry has looked to invest in machinery and technologies to automate services and reduce labor costs, particularly costs associated with sorting and package drop offs. The USPS has also reduced the number of employees over the past five years. However, about 72.0% of Postal Service employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements, and locked-in compensation and benefits remain high. Retiree health benefits payments further inflated wage costs over the past several years. As a result, the industry's capital intensity is very low; for every dollar spent on labor, only about $0.03 i.. ... purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Postal Service Industry

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

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • The development of alliances
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer Confidence Index and Corporate profit in the Postal Service industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Postal Service Industry?

    This industry includes establishments that operate the national postal service and perform one or more postal services such as sorting, routing and delivery. Establishments that operate on a contract basis (except the bulk transportation of mail) are included in this industry.

    Industry Products
    First-class mailStandard mailShipping and package servicesInternational mailPeriodicalsOther mail services
    Industry Activities
    Local postal delivery services operated by United States Postal Services (USPS).Local postal delivery services operated on a contract basis.Postal services operated by USPS.Postal stations operated by USPS.Postal stations operated on a contract basis.

    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
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Corporate profit
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • commerce sales
  • Current Performance
  • Online services suppress demand
  • Healthcare contributions cripple profit
  • Attempt to save profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Profitability will remain weak
  • Alternative revenue streams
  • Stable fundamentals
  • Table: Postal Service Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Postal Service Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Utilities
  • Magazine & Periodical Publishing
  • Telecommunications Resellers
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Public Administration
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Copier & Optical Machinery Manufacturing
  • Local Freight Trucking
  • Long-Distance Freight Trucking
  • Office Stationery Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • First-class mail
  • Standard mail
  • Shipping and package services
  • Other mail services
  • International mail
  • Periodicals
  • Chart: Postal Service Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Household delivery points - City Delivery
  • Household delivery points - Rural
  • Household delivery points - PO Box & Other
  • Business delivery points
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Postal Service Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases and depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Postal Service
  • Basis of Competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Postal Service Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    United States Postal Service
  • Table: United States Postal Service - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Postal Service 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 Postal Service Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Percentage of services conducted online (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • The charge for the conveyance of a letter or other matter sent by mail, usually prepaid by means of a stamp or stamps.
  • Competitive Product
  • These services compete against couriers and other shipping industries. This product segment include priority mail, express mail, bulk parcel and bulk international shipping.
  • Dominant Product
  • These industry services are only provided by the USPS. This product segment includes first class mail and standard mail.
  • E-Mail
  • A system for sending messages from one individual to another via telecommunications links between computers or terminals.
  • Usps
  • United States Postal Service

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Postal Service market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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