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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

IBISWorld’s Postal & Courier Activities market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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 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 - Starting a New Business Chapter

The barriers to entering the Postal and Courier Activities industry are moderate. The market was opened to full competition in 2006. However, IBISWorld regards barriers to entry in the industry as being at a medium level. At present, Royal Mail is the only postal company operating a universal service. Costs involved in replicating Royal Mail's broad distribution network are prohibitive, especially considering the increasing uncertainty of realising a satisfactory return on such an investment. However, several companies operate in the postal service market through access agreements with Royal Mail, whereby Royal Mail delivers the post to households and businesses. Ofcom regulates prices and standards for services covered by the USO, and certain products not covered by the USO. Pri.. 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

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