Overview

Part and parcel: Continuing declines in letter volumes delivers slow industry revenue growth

The Postal Services market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry firms have changed their business models in response to declining letter volumes
  • Addressed letter volumes are continuing to rapidly decline due to electronic communications
  • Ongoing declines in letter delivery and bulk mail services will limit the industry’s growth

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Postal Services industry was historically the main vehicle for communication in Australia. This monopoly on communications is now long gone due to changes in technology. The industry is in a state of transition as participants adapt to a long-term decline in traditional mail volumes. As one of the largest logistics companies in Australia and a monopoly provider of certain mail services, Australia Post dominates the industry. Other players in the industry are focused on third-party communications services, such as bulk mail-outs. These different entities are united by the delivery chain that begins with centralised collection and ends at the recipient. In contrast, the related Courier Pick-up and Delivery Services industry provides door-to-door services...

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    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Major player Australia Post dominates the industry. This is guaranteed by Australia Post's monopoly of the right to issue postage stamps, which is regulated by the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989. The industry includes pick-up activity from predetermined collection points, such as post offices and postal agencies, and excludes the activities of courier companies. Australia Post has a monopoly on letter delivery, but faces external competition from the Courier Pick-up and Delivery Services industry for other industry services.

    Parcel delivery

    This segment includes the delivery of parcels and express post products, and the freight forwarding activities of Australia Post. In ..

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    Additional Insights for the Postal Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Postal Services Industry are

  • Attractive product presentation
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from courier pick-up and delivery services and Demand from business process outsourcing in Australia in the Postal Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Postal Services Industry?

    Organisations in the industry pick up and deliver letters, documents and parcels, which usually weigh less than 30 kilograms. Pick-up takes place at predetermined collection points such as post offices and postal agencies, and excludes the activities of couriers. Organisations that operate the collection points and bulk mail houses are also included in the industry.

    Industry Products
    Reserved mail services
    Non-regulated mail services
    Parcel delivery
    Retail
    Bulk mail services
    Industry Activities
    Mail services
    Postal agency operations
    Post office operations
    Bulk mail services
    Mailbox rental services

    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
  • Demand from courier pick-up and delivery services
  • Demand from business process outsourcing in Australia
  • Number of households
  • Demand from online shopping

  • Current Performance
  • Falling letter volumes
  • Declining economies of scale
  • Growing use of parcels
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Parcel services
  • Mail decline
  • Structural shifts
  • Network challenges
  • Table: Postal Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Postal Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • Financial and Insurance Services
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Vehicle Wholesaling
  • Fuel Retailing
  • Telecommunications and Other Electrical Goods Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Parcel delivery
  • Reserved mail services
  • Retail
  • Non-regulated mail services
  • Bulk mail services
  • Chart: Postal Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses communicating with businesses
  • Businesses communicating with consumers
  • Governments and government service providers
  • Consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Postal Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Postal Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Postal Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Australian Postal Corporation
  • Table: Australian Postal Corporation - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Postal Services 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 Postal Services Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Letter
  • A postal item weighing less than 500 grams and that is less than 20 millimetres thick.
  • Parcel
  • A postal item weighing more than 500 grams or measuring more than 20 millimetres thick.
  • Pre-Sort Letter
  • Machine-addressed letters that have been barcoded and sorted.
  • Upu
  • Universal Postal Union, a UN agency that oversees global mail services.
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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • 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
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