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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Warehousing & Storage

Overview: the U.S. Warehousing & Storage 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 Warehousing & Storage: 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 Warehousing & Storage 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

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Drayage Services

Warehousing Services

Freight Transportation Arrangement Services

Other Products

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.

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Warehousing & Storage 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 Warehousing & Storage 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.

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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 Warehousing & Storage 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 Warehousing & Storage 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 Warehousing & Storage 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 3%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 22%
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers 14%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 8%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 60%
Motor Vehicle Operators 7%
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers 7%
Material Moving Workers 49%
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 13%
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 13%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 35%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26%
Packers and Packagers, Hand 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Warehousing & Storage Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Blower-Dempsay trademarks "PACIFIC CONVEYOR SYSTEMS" - Distributorship services in the field of conveyors, turntables, platforms, racks, and packaging equipment and materials - 02/16/2018
  • United States Cold Storage trademarks "UNITED STATES COLD STORAGE" - transportation and freight services - 02/09/2018
  • Scotwood Industries trademarks "CLEARBAN 405" - Chemical preparations for melting snow and ice - 01/26/2018
  • Pinc Solutions patents System And Methods For Implementing Supply Chain Visibility Updates - 01/18/2018
  • Iron Mountain Information Management patents Media Recovery Technology - 01/04/2018
  • Original Grain raises $1 million in funding. - 12/04/2017
  • Pinc Solutions raises $5 million in funding. - 10/11/2017
  • Quiet Logistics patents Robotic Navigation Utilizing Semantic Mapping - 02/02/2017
  • Flexe raises $4 million in funding. - 07/27/2016

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Iron Mountain Information Management93
    Northwest Research
    Integrated Supply Network

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

    Latest Industry News

    • Software Defined Storage Market to Generate Revenue of US$ 47.2 Billion by 2025 - Storage Provisioning and High Availability, Others), By Organization Size (Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) and Large Enterprises), By Application (Education, Telecom and Ites, Logistics and Warehouse, Healthcare, Media and Entertainment, Banking ... (01/10/2018)
    • £1m storage facility opens in Harrogate - Storage units ranging from 16 sq ft to 500 sq ft will be available, along with bespoke units which can be created to order. One 4,000 sq ft warehouse unit is also ava... For the full story register now for free or login below... (01/10/2018)
    • New study: Warehouse robotics market forecast to 2022 - The growing trend of processed food and packaged eatables, requirement of clean room storage, and need for automated and hygienic handling of food items are expected to drive the growth of the warehouse robotics in the food and beverages industry. (01/10/2018)
    • Chemical Warehousing and Storage Global Market by Product, Scope, Growth, Analysis and Outlook to 2020 - Publisher's analysts forecast the global chemical warehousing and storage market to grow at a CAGR of 10.80% during the period 2016-2020. For more information The report ... (01/08/2018)
    • Creating a Stable Modern Data Warehouse - A well-designed data platform: Offers both a data lake and a data warehouse Separates storage from compute Is designed for easy management Enables you to optimize ongoing operational costs Is modular for future agility Old BI architectures will not work ... (01/08/2018)
    • Fire destroys warehouse - When they arrived on the scene at Roughneck Auto, 1425 Railway Avenue, flames were visible coming from a single-story warehouse and storage shop. The warehouse, which was fully engulfed, was a total loss. According to a Minot Fire Department source ... (01/07/2018)
    • A Startup, Stord, Is Building An On Demand Warehouse Service For Companies Competing With Amazon - It doesn’t own any warehouses, but instead uses software to connect businesses in need of storage and distribution to independent warehouses with excess capacity — managing everything from ordering to inventory management to billing on that proprietary ... (01/07/2018)
    • Logistics Hiring Stalled in December as Warehouse Payrolls Pulled Back - Warehousing and storage payrolls shrank by 4,800 jobs last month, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday, halting an eight-month expansion as employers added thousands of workers to handle e-commerce orders heading into the holidays. The dip after ... (01/05/2018)
    • Big Data 2018: Cloud storage becomes the de facto data lake - Amazon has made S3 directly accessible to SQL ad hoc query with Athena, and as an extension of the data warehouse with Redshift Spectrum. Google Cloud has long made its cloud storage the default source for BigQuery, while Snowflake, a third-party cloud ... (01/02/2018)
    • Two Winston-Salem storage/warehouse facilities sell for combined $4.7 million - Two out-of-state companies specializing in storage facilities — in different niches — have purchased existing facilities in Winston-Salem. City Line Capital, a Philadelphia-based company launched this year to acquire and manage self-storage assets, has ... (12/29/2017)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $792,426,012 on Warehousing & Storage. It has awarded 1,876 contracts to 390 companies, with an average value of $2,031,862 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 Warehousing & Storage 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.

    Warehousing Services
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Warehousing & StorageOpportunity/Threat
    General Warehousing & Storage Competing industry
    Marine Cargo Handling Competing industry
    Refrigerated Warehousing & Storage Competing industry
    Long Distance Freight Trucking Competing industry
    Long Distance Freight Trucking (Truckload) Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Warehousing Services are less than those from Warehousing & Storage. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Warehousing Services sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Warehousing Services Product Sales Report

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    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Warehousing & StorageOpportunity/Threat
    Long Distance Freight Trucking
    Long Distance Freight Trucking (Truckload)
    Local Freight Trucking
    Long-Distance Refrigeration & Tank Trucking
    Long Distance Freight Trucking, Less Than Truckload (LTL)

    Since sales from Warehousing & Storage are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Trans Box & Pallet Gds No Clim-Ctrl, Except Intrmdl Tnk Cont, Rd, Tl, companies in the Warehousing & Storage industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
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    Drayage Product Sales Report

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