Companies in this industry operate facilities to store goods and may provide related logistics services. Major companies include Americold, Burris Logistics, C.H. Robinson, and Prologis (all based in the US), along with CEVA Logistics (based in the UK) and Kuehne + Nagel and Panalpina (both based in Switzerland).
Global revenue for third-party logistics services, including warehousing and distribution services, was about $720 billion in 2015, according to Armstrong & Associates. Demand for warehouse space is increasing significantly worldwide, thanks to the rapid rise in online shopping in markets across the globe. Asia/Pacific is a top growth region, according to Technavio, due to increased demand for warehouse space in China and India.
The US warehousing and storage industry includes about 15,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $32 billion. Lessors of miniwarehouses and self-storage units are covered in the Self-Storage Services industry profile.
Demand is driven by the flow of goods through the economy. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficiency of operations. Large companies can win business from major customers by operating in multiple locations and by offering wider ranges of services. Small companies can compete effectively by specializing in particular industries or local markets. The US industry is concentrated: the 50 largest US companies generate about 50% of revenue.
Manufacturers and distributors that operate their own warehouses may be a source of competition. Some potential customers may contract...