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Freight Forwarders and Brokers

SIC 4731 | NAICS 488510

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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Financial Information and Financial Ratios

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources


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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts


Freight Forwarding Brokerages and Agencies  (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


Transportation Intermediaries Association
About The Industry
http://www.tianet.org/

Introductory section provides a summary overview of the third party logistics industry, with topics covered in this section including the types of services that 3PLs provide, the role of TIA members in providing these services, the role of brokers as logistics service providers and the advantages of using a broker from a warehouse manager's standpoint, and how to start up a brokerage firm.


First Research

Freight Forwarding Services
http://www.firstresearch.com
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


C. John Langley, Jr., Ph.D. / Capgemini Consulting
Third-Party Logistics Study
http://www.3plstudy.com/

Annual study examines the current state of the third-party logistics market, with each study including an in-depth look at special focus topics such as the 3PL decision-making environment, 3PL roles in supply chain transformation, utilizing big data analytics, and 3PL involvement in the end-of-life supply chain. Key findings are available online, with complete study available for download with registration.


Infiniti Research Limited
Information resources available from this organization include:

3PL Market in the US
http://www.technavio.com/
Market research report provides in-depth analysis of the third-party logistics (3PL) market in the U.S., with information provided in the report including market size and revenue forecasts by type of service provided (e.g., VAWD - value-added warehousing and distribution, ITM - international transportation management, DTM - domestic transportation management, and DCC - dedicated contract carriage).

Global Freight Forwarding Market
http://www.technavio.com/
Market research study provides a detailed analysis of the freight forwarding market on a global basis, with topics addressed in the study including market segmentation by delivery mode (e.g., ocean, air) and type of service provided (e.g., packaging service, labeling service, documentation and purchase order management, transportation and warehousing service, and additional value-added services).

Global Airfreight Forwarding Market
http://www.technavio.com/
Comprehensive research study analyzes the airfreight forwarding market from a global perspective, with topics covered in the report including types of services provided (e.g., packaging and labeling, documentation and PO management, charter services, and transportation and warehousing) and end-users (e.g., manufacturing, fashion and textiles, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and technology).




Financial Benchmarking Data


Industry Financial Ratios
Freight Forwarders and Brokers
http://www.bizminer.com  Search for "488510"
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


Transportation Intermediaries Association
TIA Benchmarking Report
https://www.tianet.org/

Quarterly benchmarking report provides key performance measures on a trending basis for third party logistics companies, with performance measures covered including shipments, revenue, gross margin, and yield measurements. Survey results are organized by transportation mode (e.g., OTR-TL, IM, and LTL) and three revenue size categories to allow users to make comparisons within specific categories.


First Research

Freight Forwarding Services
http://www.firstresearch.com

Financial information section of this profile includes income statements, balance sheets, and financial ratios by company size based on annual net revenue for companies that as freight forwarders arrange the transportation of freight between shippers and carriers using various modes of transportation, and as customs brokers clear goods through international customs on behalf of importers and exporters.




Compensation Surveys


Transportation Intermediaries Association
TIA Compensation Report / MeasureUp Compensation Analyzer
https://www.tianet.org/

Online compensation analyzer provides base salary, incentive pay, and total compensation data for over 40 job positions, including management, sales, operations, information technology, accounting, and HR personnel, employed by third-party logistics companies, with compensation data filterable by job position and specialization, experience level, professional designations, and geographic location.


PayScale
Freight Forwarding
http://www.payscale.com/

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this industry such as operations manager, logistics coordinator, import/export coordinators, freight forwarder, and customs broker, with employers for which wage data is provided including Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., DHL Global Forwarding, Inc., and Panalpina, Inc.




Business Valuation Resources


Small Business Valuation Multiples

Freight Forwarders and Brokers
http://valuationresources.com/

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for companies that arrange the transportation of freight goods between shippers and carriers and typically provide a combination of services spanning various modes of air, ground, and sea transportation services.


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