With the rise in e-commerce and higher-demand for online shipments primarily from online retailers, it is no surprise that the courier industry is having a lasting influence on the world economy. The delivery market is currently worth over $100 billion with about 200,000 courier businesses operating worldwide. They also employ a substantial amount of people with their workforce being about 900,000.
Much of what drives the success of these courier companies is due to their integration of LMD models into their business plan. Last-minute delivery models are primarily comprised of anything that adds value to CEP services such as instant-delivery or crowd shipping in hopes of ensuring that customer’s items are delivered to their final destination as soon as possible. In fact, instant delivery is what drives most high capital investments as investors seek startups that have perfected this process.
Even with that said, current forecasts have shown a promising future for the courier industry. According to Technavio, a market research company, it is expected that the CEP industry (courier, express, and parcel industry) will grow 6% in the next 4 years. Other estimates give a figure as high as 9% growth annually with a predicted market worth of $343 billion by 2020. Much of these high expectations primarily come from Asian countries like China where logistics companies are highly sought after. In fact, 35% of the market share comes from Asian-Pacific countries. These places are especially prune to traffic and logistic hurdles, so it is not totally surprising that they make the largest share of growth in the industry. As the courier market experiences higher growth but gets increasingly competitive also, companies are now focusing on differentiating their services to stay ahead of the curve.
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