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Courier and Delivery Services

SIC 4215 | NAICS 492110

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Courier and Local Delivery Services  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Customized Logistics and Delivery Association
Information resources available from this organization include:

CLDA Magazine
Quarterly trade magazine features news and information for owners and managers of customized logistics and delivery companies, with topics covered including trends and developments, management, operations, technology, and more. Current and prior digital editions of the magazine are available online.

Industry Profile
Profile provides a summary overview of the same-day delivery and messenger courier business, with topics covered including typical firm, goods moved, business model, businesses that use couriers, importance of same-day delivery, competition in sector, and more. Profile can be viewed free online.

Industry Survey
Biennial survey of same-day courier delivery companies provides information on types of services offered, fleet size and composition, monthly leased vehicle costs, number of drivers, average payout to contract drivers, employee compensation, and more. Current and prior surveys can be viewed free online.

First Research

Express Delivery Services
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Networx Communication Corporation
Courier Magazine
Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for courier companies, with topics covered including management, operations, business practices, technology, and more. Free digital subscription is available with registration; table of contents from current and prior issues are accessible online.

Express Delivery & Logistics Association
Express / Xtra
Quarterly print newsletter (Express) and monthly e-newsletter (Xtra) feature news and information for express delivery and logistics companies, with topics covered including current issues and developments, member and association news, and government affairs updates. Publications are available by subscription only; sample issues for each publication are accessible online.

Euromonitor International
Post and Courier Services in USA
Market research report analyzes key trends and developments for the U.S. courier services market, with topics covered including services overview, market trends, competitive environment, business prospects, and five-year revenue forecasts. Sample report and table of contents can be viewed free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Courier and Express Delivery Services  Search for "492110" and "492210"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research

Express Delivery Services

Financial information section of these profiles includes common-size income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios for the most recent annual reporting period, with average financial measures reported for all companies and by sales size range for small (under $5 million), medium ($5 million to $50 million), and large companies (over $50 million). Sample report can be downloaded and viewed online.

Compensation Surveys

Customized Logistics and Delivery Association
Industry Survey
Biennial survey of same-day courier delivery companies includes information on average percentage payout to independent contract drivers and average starting hourly rate for employee drivers, dispatchers, customer service representatives, and clerical personnel. Current and prior surveys can be viewed free online.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Delivery Truck Drivers
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.

Business Valuation Resources

ITA Consulting
CEP M&A Update
Quarterly publication provides a summary overview of mergers and acquisitions in the courier, express, and postal (CEP) market in the U.S. and other countries, with a focus on merger and acquisition activity involving large national and international companies. Most recent issue can be viewed free online.

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Courier and Delivery Services

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries. Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPSĀ®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.