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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Couriers & Messengers

Overview: the U.S. Couriers & Messengers Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Couriers & Messengers: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Couriers & Messengers industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Transportation Of Non-Perishable/Climate-Controlled Boxed, Palletized, And Other Packed Goods, By Air

Transportation Of Documents And Parcels

Local Transportation And Delivery Of Small Purchased Or Serviced Items

Transportation Of Boxed, Palletized And Other Packed Goods, Not Climate-Controlled And Not In Intermodal Containers, By Road, Le

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Couriers & Messengers Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Couriers & Messengers companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

example price index trendline

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Couriers & Messengers company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Couriers & Messengers industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Couriers & Messengers measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 2%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 12%
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers 7%
Couriers and Messengers 17%
Couriers and Messengers 17%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 80%
Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers 6%
Motor Vehicle Operators 35%
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers 47%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 5%
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 30%
Material Moving Workers 8%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 7%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 7%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Couriers & Messengers Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Network Global Logistics trademarks "NETSHIP" - Freight management services - 03/03/2018
  • Tag Process Service trademarks "TAG PROCESS SERVICE" - Legal services - 03/03/2018
  • Doordash trademarks "DASHPASS" - Customer loyalty program services featuring benefits and rewards in the form of discounted or free delivery services; administration of a discount program for enabling participants to obtain discounts on delivery services through use of a membership program - 03/02/2018
  • Good Eggs raises $15 million in funding. - 08/01/2016
  • SHYP patents Image Processing And Item Transport - 12/03/2015
  • Dropoff raises $2 million in funding. - 06/22/2015
  • SHYP raises $2 million in funding. - 04/23/2015
  • Delivery Express patents Device, System And Method For Tracking And Recording Shipment Of Goods - 01/01/2015

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Delivery Express4
    Express Messenger Systems
    Lone Star Holdings

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • Dymocks and Sydney Street leave Burnside Village after combined five decades at up-market shopping centre - TWO of Burnside Village’s oldest tenants have left the shopping centre — but for quite different reasons. Dymocks Burnside closed on January 8 and will open as Dymocks Hyde Park at 147 King William Rd on Thursday after more than 20 years at Burnside ... (01/15/2018)
    • Myrtle Bank residents fear townhouse projects will be start of losing suburb’s character forever - “I’m really worried about the safety of the kids and pedestrians in the area.” Unley Council chief executive Peter Tsokas told the Eastern Courier Messenger the two developments were undergoing assessment by the council’s planning staff. He was ... (01/15/2018)
    • Global courier management software market forecast to 2022 available in new report - This software is specifically developed for the carrier, freight broker, messenger, courier, logistics, and dispatching service providers. Microeconomic and macroeconomic factors which affect the Courier Management Software market and its growth ... (01/11/2018)
    • Kentucky public school bible course may violate Constitution - (AP) — "Bible literacy" classes being taught in some Kentucky public schools may violate the Constitution. The Courier-Journal reports the state's American Civil Liberties Union reviewed how several school districts taught the classes before sending a ... (01/10/2018)
    • India's GST could change the country's logistics industry - The US Labor Department said warehousing and storage payrolls fell by 4,800 jobs in December, though messenger and courier companies added 2,100 jobs to payrolls. Manufacturing and construction jobs grew by 55,000 jobs during the month, indicating a strong ... (01/08/2018)
    • What is a Chatbot and How to Use It for Your Business - With the spread of messengers, virtual chatterbots that imitate human conversations ... That’s why IM bots have not replaced all the couriers, doctors and the author of these lines. In this article, instead of talking about the future of chatbots ... (01/05/2018)
    • The jobs report shows just how brutal 2017 was for retail workers - Ashworth continued: “As a comparison, couriers & messengers added only 2,100 jobs, so in net terms the structural shift is hardly positive for employment.” In other words, the jobs being created amid the shift to online shopping may not be offsetting ... (01/05/2018)
    • U.S. Job Growth Falls Well Short Of Estimates In December - "As a comparison, couriers & messengers added only 2,100 jobs, so in net terms the structural shift is hardly positive for employment," said Paul Ashworth, Chief U.S. Economist at Capital Economics. Meanwhile, the Labor Department said the unemployment ... (01/05/2018)
    • FOR MANHATTAN COURIERS, BRAKELESS BIKES ARE THE WAY TO GO - After a while, you get used to it,'' said Mozart Augustin, a messenger for Rapid Couriers, who said he grew accustomed to his bicycle after several mishaps, such as hitting a taxicab. ''Most of the guys who have them have been using them for a long time ... (06/14/1987)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $235,700,386 on Couriers & Messengers. It has awarded 5,996 contracts to 235 companies, with an average value of $1,002,980 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

    Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Couriers & Messengers to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

    The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

    Transportation Of Documents And Parcels
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Couriers & MessengersOpportunity/Threat

    Sales from other industries of Transportation Of Documents And Parcels are less than those from Couriers & Messengers. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Transportation Of Documents And Parcels sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Transportation Of Documents And Parcels Product Sales Report

    International, Scheduled Mail Transportation By Air
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Couriers & MessengersOpportunity/Threat
    Scheduled Freight Air Transportation Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of International, Scheduled Mail Transportation By Air are less than those from Couriers & Messengers. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their International, Scheduled Mail Transportation By Air sales, taking market share from this industry.
    International, Scheduled Mail Transportation By Air Product Sales Report

    Local Trans And Delivery Of Small Purchased Or Serviced Items
    Local Trans And Delivery Of Small Purchased Or Serviced Items Product Sales Report

    Domestic, Scheduled Freight Transportation By Air
    Domestic, Scheduled Freight Transportation By Air Product Sales Report

    International, Scheduled Freight Transportation By Air
    International, Scheduled Freight Transportation By Air Product Sales Report

    Trans Box & Pallet Gd, No Clim-Ctrl, Except Intrmd Tnk Cont, Rd, Ltl
    Trans Box & Pallet Gd, No Clim-Ctrl, Except Intrmd Tnk Cont, Rd, Ltl Product Sales Report

    Warehousing Services
    Warehousing Services Product Sales Report

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