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Courier & Delivery Services – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 4215  |  NAICS 492110

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
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 report 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.

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.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Courier and Express Delivery Services  Search for "492110" and "492210" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide 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.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Courier and Express Delivery Services  Search for "492110" and "492210" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Courier & Local Delivery Services
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 4215 - Courier Services
  NAICS Code 492110 - Couriers and Express Delivery Services
Types of establishments included in these codes
Courier and express delivery service providers - establishments primarily engaged in the expedited delivery of time-sensitive documents, packages, and other goods on a local, regional, or national level using ground, air, sea, or combined modes of transportation.
International courier and delivery services - establishments specializing in transportation of documents, packages, and other items across international borders and dealing with the shipping regulations, customs procedures, and import/export paperwork involved.
Overnight delivery services - establishments providing express delivery service for time-critical items, such as legal documents, medical supplies, e-commerce goods, spare parts, and perishable items, that require guaranteed delivery the next business day.
E-commerce delivery services - establishments primarily focused on providing express delivery services for e-commerce businesses that are specifically tailored to meet the demands of online retailers and ensure the timely delivery of orders to customers.
Last-mile delivery service providers - establishments handling the last leg of the delivery process, commonly known as the "last mile", where goods move from a transportation hub to their final end destination, which is typically a personal residence or business.
Specialized couriers - establishments that offer specialized courier and express delivery services for specific types of items or industries, such as medical couriers for medical specimens and supplies and legal couriers for legal documents and service notices.
Same-day couriers - establishments that specialize in delivering packages on the same day they are picked up, with packages collected before noon typically delivered by the afternoon of the same day, often delivering these packages within six hours or less.
On-demand couriers - establishments that provide fast and flexible courier services for urgent and time-sensitive deliveries within a few hours or less by assigning dedicated couriers to pick up and deliver the packages directly without making other deliveries.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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