Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Global Courier and Delivery Services industry has recovered but experienced moderate growth over the past five years. In the years following the global economic slowdown, the industry experienced a period of rapid growth, as the global economy improved and developed economies stabilized. However, over the past five years, slow economic growth in developed markets, especially in Europe, has slightly dampened industry growth, as advanced economies account for a majority of industry revenue. Over the next five years, demand for courier and delivery services is expected to strengthen, causing revenue to grow over the period... read more
Starting a New Business
The industry has moderate barriers to entry. Barriers are higher for global integrators (in the international express market) 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. Dri.. read more