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Postal & Courier Activities in the UK: Market Research Report

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Postal & Courier Activities Market Research Report | SIC H53.000 | Jun 2016

Handle with care: Operators must adapt to changing conditions in order to remain successful

The Postal & Courier Activities market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Royal Mail Holdings plc Royal Mail Holdings plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue has fluctuated due to widespread changes in preferred means of communication
  • Growth in the courier segment has been largely driven by business-to-consumer delivery
  • Lifestyle couriers are expected to become increasingly prevalent as a means of controlling costs
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The UK 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, which consists of personal, business, transactional and marketing post, constitutes a relatively small part of the industry, and this segment has declined over the past five years. Nevertheless, industry revenue is expected to expand at a compound annual rate of 1.6% over the five years through 2016-17. Revenue is projected to grow by 0.4% to £22.2 billion in the current year... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

The activities covered by the postal and courier industry can be split into two main categories: postal delivery and courier delivery. Postal delivery includes all addressed mail, marketing mail, business mail and publications such as newspapers and magazines. Courier delivery covers business-to-business, business-to-consumers and consumer-to-consumer delivery of parcels.

Business-to-business delivery

Business-to-business deliveries account for an estimated 38.2% of industry revenue. This segment includes delivery of bulk materials, documents and medical supplies. A large number of small businesses operate in this segment, mainly offering niche local delivery services, with specialised operators for the different sectors they serve. Thi.. 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

  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulators
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Development of new products
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total online expenditure and IT and telecommunications adoption in the Postal & Courier Activities industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Postal & Courier Activities Industry?

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

    Industry Products
    Other courier servicesLetter deliveryMarketing mail deliveryBusiness-to-business deliveryBusiness-to-consumer parcel deliveryConsumer-to-consumer parcel delivery
    Industry Activities
    Collecting letters and parcels from public letter boxesCollecting letters and parcels from post officesSorting letters and parcelsTransporting letters and parcelsDelivering letters and parcelsCourier servicesHome delivery servicesDistributing advertising material, newspapers and periodicals

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total online expenditure
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Business confidence index
  • Real household disposable income
  • Current Performance
  • Competing for letters
  • Parcel force
  • Switched on
  • Mobile commerce
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Digital letter
  • New delivery networks
  • Battle for market share
  • Table: Postal & Courier Activities Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Postal & Courier Activities Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
  • E-Commerce & Online Auctions
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Information and Communication
  • Other Motor Vehicle Sales
  • Products & Services
  • Business-to-business delivery
  • Business-to-consumer parcel delivery
  • Letter delivery
  • Other courier services
  • Marketing mail delivery
  • Consumer-to-consumer parcel delivery
  • Chart: Postal & Courier Activities Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Other businesses and government organisations
  • Retail sector
  • Households
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Postal & Courier Activities Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Subcontracting
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Postal & Courier Activities
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Postal & Courier Activities Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Royal Mail Group Limited
  • Table: Royal Mail Group Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Postal & Courier Activities Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Downstream Access
  • When postal companies collect and sort post and then send it in bulk to Royal Mail for the final delivery stage.
  • E2e Delivery
  • A term used to describe the entire delivery process, from collection and sorting to the final delivery stage.
  • Express Delivery
  • Express delivery refers to an accelerated delivery service for which the customer pays a surcharge and receives a quicker service.
  • Lifestyle Courier
  • Lifestyle couriers are non-professional couriers that use their own non-branded cars in their own spare time to deliver parcels.
  • 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.

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    This report on Postal & Courier Activities:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Postal & Courier Activities market research report includes:
    • 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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