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Parcel Shipping and Private Mail Centers

SIC 7389 | NAICS 561431

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Business Service Centers / Shipping & Mailing Services  (view report)
Packing & Shipping Service Franchises  (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:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Operating conditions
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Five-year growth forecast

Retail Shipping Associates
Retail Shipping News
Quarterly trade magazine features news and information for retail shipping centers, with regular features including the "Ask The Expert" section which addresses specific operational issues and the "What's Hot" section which highlights new products and services. Current and prior issues can be viewed free online.

MBC Today / Blog
Bimonthly trade magazine and online blog feature news and information for the retail shipping industry, with topics covered including industry trends and issues, retail store operations, marketing strategies, and more. Publication is available to members only; blog articles are available free online.

Mailing Systems Technology
Information resources available from this organization include:

Magazine  Select "Digital Magazine" from top menu
Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for the mailing services industry, with special features including the annual "Wage & Operations Survey" results published in the September/October and November/December issues. Current and prior digital editions of the magazine are available online.

Wages & Operations Survey  Select "Survey Results" from top menu
Annual reader survey covers various aspects of mail center operations, with topics covered including mail volume trends, operational issues, staffing levels, manager profiles and salaries, average hourly wage data for selected job positions, and more. Results from the most recent survey can be viewed free online.

Vision Alliance Network
How To Open A Mail & Parcel Center
Packaging and Shipping Store Operational Manual
Training manuals cover various aspects of starting and operating a retail packing and shipping center, with topics covered in individual manuals including packing and shipping services, mailbox rental services, store operations, and sales and marketing. Detailed table of contents for each manual can be viewed free online.

Marketdata Enterprises, Inc.
Business Services: Mail Centers & Copy Shops
Comprehensive report provides in-depth analysis of this business services sector, with content sections in the report including executive overview and major findings; industry nature and definition; industry size, growth, and market segments; industry structure and operating ratios; competitor profiles; and reference directory of trade associations, publications, and other sources. Detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Parcel Shipping and Private Mail Centers  Search for "56143"
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

RMA Annual Statement Studies
Business Service Centers  Search for "564139"

Annual financial statement analysis includes common-size income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios for firms in this sector. Print edition includes five years of historical data, with the most recent year's data broken down by net sales and total assets size range. Individual NAICS downloads which mirror the print edition format can be purchased online. Sample report can be viewed online.

Compensation Surveys

Mailing Systems Technology
Wage & Benefits Study  Select "Store" from top menu
Wage and benefits study provides detailed information on compensation and benefits for mailing services providers, with compensation and benefits data broken out by annual sales volume, level of profitability (top 25%, bottom 25%), and market size (rural/small, medium, large, and major markets). Selected excerpts and detailed table of contents from this study can be viewed free online at

Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Packing and Shipping Services
Parcel Shipping and Private Mail Centers

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 BIZCOMPS®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.