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Warehousing & Storage in the UK: Market Research Report

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Warehousing & Storage Market Research Report | SIC H52.100 | Nov 2016

Growth in store: Increasing global demand is projected to expand industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Warehousing & Storage market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
DHL Supply Chain Ltd DHL Supply Chain Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The growth of online retailing has supported demand for industry services in recent years
  • At the start of the period, improving economic condition supported industry demand
  • The number of large-scale frozen-food warehouses is expected to increase
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Warehousing and Storage industry provides its clients with storage facilities for a wide variety of goods. Although a large proportion of this is general merchandise, the industry also offers specialised storage of liquids and gases, agricultural commodities and refrigerated goods. Industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.8% over the five years through 2016-17 to reach £14.2 billion. Supply chains have become increasingly complex and the industry has adapted to satisfy new consumer demands. Warehouses have developed into distribution centres, where goods can be finished, packed and held in preparation for final delivery. Many facilities also increasingly handle customer returns and waste management through reverse logistics... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

The spread of industry establishments in the Warehousing and Storage industry is influenced by the distribution of economic activity, the location of trade terminals and logistics routes and the location of end markets for the products being stored.

The South East and the East of England

These regions are located near ports and well connected to road and rail transport networks. Operators are increasingly locating their warehouses away from major cities in response to community concerns about congestion and large lorries. This allows goods to be transported from major container ports, such as Felixstowe and Dover, on large highways to warehouses in heavy good vehicles without crossing congested cities. The.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Warehousing & Storage Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Warehousing & Storage Industry are

  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Output is sold under contract - incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Industrial production index and Retail sales index in the Warehousing & Storage industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Warehousing & Storage Industry?

    This industry consists of businesses that operate storage facilities for all kinds of goods including general merchandise and refrigerated warehouses. The industry also stores goods in foreign trade zones.

    Industry Products
    Cold storageLiquid and gas storageGrain storageGeneral storageDistribution servicesOther storageDocument storage
    Industry Activities
    Storing goods for land transport activitiesStoring goods for air transport activitiesStoring goods for water transport activities

    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
  • Industrial production index
  • Retail sales index
  • Total online expenditure
  • Value of goods exports
  • Value of goods imports
  • Current Performance
  • Growing demand
  • Streamlined operations
  • Consolidation activity
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Online retailing
  • Property developments
  • International Operations
  • Table: Warehousing & Storage Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Warehousing & Storage Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade
  • Freight Rail Transport
  • Freight Road Transport
  • Sea & Coastal Freight Water Transport
  • Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Freight Road Transport
  • Lifting & Handling Equipment Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • General storage
  • Distribution services
  • Liquid and gas storage
  • Cold storage
  • Document storage
  • Other storage
  • Grain storage
  • Chart: Warehousing & Storage Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturers
  • Wholesalers and retailers of consumer goods
  • Wholesalers and retailers of food
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Warehousing & Storage Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent and utilities
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Warehousing & Storage
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Warehousing & Storage Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    DHL Supply Chain Ltd
  • Table: DHL Supply Chain Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Warehousing & Storage 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 Warehousing & Storage 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
    Cold Storage
  • Warehousing of goods in temperature-controlled environments. These facilities are generally refrigerated.
  • Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (Fmcg)
  • Goods that are sold relatively quickly at low cost, such as soft drinks and toiletries.
  • Omnichannel Distribution
  • Offering seamless availability of products across multiple different platforms i.e. mobile, online, in-store.
  • Radio-Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A method of using tags that are applied to or embedded into a product to store information such as its source, destination and price.

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    This report on Warehousing & Storage:
    • 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 Warehousing & Storage 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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