General Warehousing and Cold Storage in Australia: Market Research Report

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General Warehousing and Cold Storage Market Research Report | ANZSIC I5309 | Mar 2014

Safely stored: New technology and integrated services are securing steady inventories

IBISWorld’s General Warehousing and Cold Storage market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Since the mid-1990s, the development of vertically integrated supply chains in Australian transport industries has transformed the General Warehousing and Cold Storage industry. Warehouses are no longer simply vast, temperature-appropriate spaces to store stock. They are complex distribution and information centres linking the entire supply chain, facilitating just-in-time supply of stock. Advances in the industry and across the supply chain have allowed the average amount of inventory held as a share of sales by major markets to decrease. Manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers have adjusted their supply chains to hold less stock on hand. Hence, the volume handled by the industry is growing, but the time each unit spends in storage is decreasing... purchase to read more

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Barriers to entry in the industry are medium, and relate to the need for capital to fund the development of new sites and the difficulty of accessing suitable locations. Price competition is also a factor in the small to mid-tier of the industry, where existing operators use their economies of scale relative to new comers to engage in price competition.

More capital is required to enter into the specialised areas of the industry, with investment required in equipment for moving and sorting goods. Competition in these areas is more service based, which means that clients are more likely to enter into long-term contracts once they have been won over by new operators. Industry participants reduce their use of capital by leasing sites from commercial property operators... purchase to read more


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What is the General Warehousing and Cold Storage Industry?

The industry provides third-party storage or warehousing services, excluding grain storage. Storage can be provided under contract, which may include distribution, or on an ad hoc basis. Warehousing services can be private or public, but both services attract a fee for storage of goods.

Industry Products
General warehousingCold storageDistribution servicesOther storageBond facilitiesSelf-storage
Industry Activities
Bond store operation Controlled atmosphere store operation Furniture storage provisionStorage service provisionSelf-storage provisionBulk petroleum storage serviceWool storage serviceWarehousing service provision

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