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Courier and Delivery Services

SIC 4215  |  NAICS 492110

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

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Courier & Local Delivery Services  (view report)
Business Service Centers / Shipping & Mailing Services  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Networx Communication Corporation
Courier Magazine

Bimonthly trade magazine features news and information for courier business owners, with special features including the annual "Business Resource Guide" which includes chapters covering topics such as business basics, licensing and certification, equipment leasing, insurance, marketing and social media, accounting systems, tracking technology, and employee screening and drug testing.

Customized Logistics and Delivery Association
CLDA Magazine

Quarterly trade publication features news and information for owners and managers of customized logistics and delivery companies, with topics addressed in each issue including industry news and trends, business success strategies, technology solutions, government affairs, trade conferences and events, and state association updates. Digital editions of this publication are available online.

Information resources available from this organization include:

Same-Day Delivery Market
Market research report analyzes the U.S. market for this service sector, with topics addressed in the study including market size and forecast by type of service (e.g., regular, rush, or priority) and commercial transaction (e.g., B2B, B2C, or C2C), growth drivers and challenges, market trends, competitive environment, and key service providers (e.g.,  A-1 Express, FedEx, UPS, and DHL).

Courier and Local Delivery Market
Market research report provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. market for this service sector, with topics covered in the report including market size and forecast by parcel type and delivery type, growth drivers and challenges, market trends, and competitive landscape, and major vendors profiled including FedEx Corporation, United Parcel Service, Inc., and the U.S. Postal Service.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

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 including:
Sample customizable reports that allow users to compare their company to industry financial ratios on a national and metro area basis are available free online.

Courier & Local Delivery Services
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Information resources available from this organization include:

Couriers and Express Delivery
Annual survey provides hourly and annual wage data for persons employed in providing parcel delivery services on an intercity, national, or international basis via an integrated transportation network. Truck, van, and route drivers employed in this sector pick up and deliver parcels containing documents and goods which can be handled by a single person without the need for specialized handling equipment.

Local Messengers and Local Delivery
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in providing local messenger and delivery services within a city center or metropolitan area. Couriers and messengers employed in this sector pick up and deliver parcels containing documents and goods on a same-day point-to-point basis using various transportation modes (e.g., motorized vehicle, bicycle, or on foot).

PayScale, Inc.
Courier or Express Delivery Service

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for selected job positions in this service sector such as operations manager, dispatcher, package handler, courier or messenger, and truck, van, or route driver, with companies for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including FedEx Corporation, FedEx Ground, United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), and DHL Express (USA), Inc.

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