Bad move: The industry is expected to decline modestly as uncertainty weighs on performance

Demand for the Removal Services industry, which provides removal and relocation services to businesses and households by road, is highly dependent on activity in the residential and commercial property markets, and customers’ willingness to spend on the range of extras that specialist removal firms offer. The industry has performed relatively badly over the past five years and revenue is expected to decrease at a compound annual rate of 1.9% over the five years through 2018-19. In the current year, the industry is forecast to generate revenue of £934.7 million, a decrease of 2.7% on the previous year.Over the five years through 2018-19, the industry has benefited from government support for the housing more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • New firms have entered the industry, attracted by high margins, despite declining revenue
  • Declining residential property transactions in the latter half of the period have weighed on demand
  • Software that allows operators to monitor performance is expected to become more prominent
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry in this industry are low but increasing. The capital requirements for new operators are relatively low, since a potential new player could start up with just a van or lorry. Furthermore, there are only limited regulatory restrictions that prevent new entrants. Small players in the industry offer essentially the same service. Competition is high, with many customers not differentiating between operators. Well-established customer and supplier relationships and a good reputation allow operators to separate themselves from their competition. Establishing good relationships and strong reputations presents a barrier to entry. Some new entrants without industry experience often do not have the network in place to gain work as a subcontractor for a larger operator...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Removal Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Removal Services Industry are

  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Having a good reputation
  • Having a diverse range of clients
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Number of residential property transactions in the Removal Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Removal Services Industry?

    This industry includes all companies that provide removal and relocation services to businesses and households by road. This industry excludes the operation of warehousing and storage facilities.

    Industry Products
  • Packing and related services
  • Domestic removal services
  • International removal services
  • Industry Activities
  • Packing goods
  • Transporting goods by road
  • Insurance brokerage
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • Number of residential property transactions
  • Demand from truck rental and leasing
  • Number of businesses
  • Fuel prices

  • Current Performance
  • Relocation, relocation, relocation
  • Property transactions
  • Removal rates
  • Profit movements
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Business demand
  • The housing market
  • Tracking technology
  • State of the industry
  • Table: Removal Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Removal Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Banks
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Sea & Coastal Freight Water Transport

  • Products & Services
  • Domestic removal services
  • International removal services
  • Packing and related services
  • Other
  • Chart: Removal Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Owner-occupied households
  • Other removal companies
  • Renters
  • Government agencies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Removal Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesDepreciationMarketingRent and utilitiesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Removal Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Removal Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Pickfords Move Management Ltd, Cartus Limited,
  • Table: Pickfords Move Management Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Cartus Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Removal Services 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 Removal Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A person who owns their place of residence.
  • Property Consultancy
  • Management and advisory services relating to moving property.
  • Relocation
  • The movement of a customer to a new location, most commonly in reference to an employee of a business or the entire business itself.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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