Delivering the goods: Industry revenue rises thanks to the popularity of e-commerce

The Postal and Courier Activities industry collects, sorts, transports and delivers letters, parcels and other items. The delivery of parcels and other specialist courier services accounts for the majority of industry revenue. Traditional postal delivery includes personal, business, transactional and marketing post, and constitutes a relatively small part of the industry.The industry has faced mixed conditions over the past five years. A key trend has been the decline in traditional mail volumes due to the rise of digitalisation and availability of electronic substitutes. Meanwhile, however, the rising popularity in e-commerce has prompted a sizeable increase in courier more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The rising popularity of e-commerce has supported demand for courier services
  • Retailers have introduced e-commerce sites, which has supported demand for courier services
  • Sales of e-commerce and m-commerce are likely to stimulate demand for industry services
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry is characterised by a low level of capital intensity. Using depreciation as a proxy for capital and wages as a proxy for labour, the industry has a capital intensity ratio of 1:8.96. This suggests for every €1.00 spend on capital, €8.96 is spent on labour.In 2019, wages are estimated to account for 35.8% of revenue. Staff are needed to collect and deliver mail, as well as administrative, executive, marketing and sales purposes, and for customer service roles. Depreciation is estimated to account for 4% of industry revenue in the current year. Depreciable assets include motor vehicles, service cars and equipment, computer equipment, warehousing and logistics equipment, and buildings...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Postal & Courier Activities Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Postal & Courier Activities Industry are

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Effective quality control
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from clothing retailing and IT and telecommunications adoption in the Postal & Courier Activities industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Postal & Courier Activities in Ireland Industry?

    Licensed and non-licensed postal operators and courier companies pick up, sort, transport and deliver letters, parcels, bulk materials, documents and medical supplies. Operators distribute advertising material, newspapers and periodicals. Postal activities under the EC Universal Service Directive are included.

    Industry Products
  • Business-to-consumer parcel delivery
  • Business-to-business parcel delivery
  • Letter delivery
  • Parcel delivery on behalf of consumers
  • Periodicals and marketing delivery
  • Industry Activities
  • Collecting letters and parcels from public letter boxes and post offices
  • Sorting letters and parcels
  • Transporting and delivering letters and parcels
  • Courier and delivery services
  • Distributing advertising material, newspapers and periodicals
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from clothing retailing
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Modified real disposable income per capita
  • Business sentiment index

  • Current Performance
    Revenue constraintsRevenue growthValue-added servicesThe current yearMarket structure and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Revenue constraintsRevenue growthMarket structure and profit
  • Table: Postal & Courier Activities Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Postal & Courier Activities Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Electricity Supply in Ireland
  • Clothing Retailing in Ireland
  • Consumers in Ireland

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Data Processing & Hosting Services in Ireland
  • Motor Vehicle Dealers in Ireland

  • Products & Services
  • Business-to-consumer parcel delivery
  • Business-to-business parcel delivery
  • Letter delivery
  • Parcel delivery on behalf of consumers
  • Other
  • Periodicals and marketing delivery
  • Chart: Postal & Courier Activities Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retailers
  • Other commercial operators
  • Households
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Postal & Courier Activities Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Other Costs
  • Subcontractors
  • Rent, utilities and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Postal & Courier Activities

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Postal & Courier Activities Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    An Post, DHL Express (Ireland) Ltd,
  • Table: An Post - financial performance
  • Table: DHL Express (Ireland) Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Postal & Courier Activities Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Postal & Courier Activities Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Express Delivery
  • An accelerated delivery service for which the customer pays a surcharge and receives a quicker service.
  • Universal Service Obligation
  • This insures that post is collected and delivered six days a week and can be sent anywhere in the United Kingdom for a uniform price.
  • Zero-Hour And If-And-When Employment Contracts
  • Contracts where employees are available to work but required hours are not specified under an employment contract.
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