Packing it in: The trend towards larger warehouses is leading to industry consolidation

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.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The General Warehousing and Cold Storage industry has achieved stable growth over the past five years. The ongoing development of vertically integrated supply chains across Australian transport industries has continued to transform warehousing and storage services. Warehouse facilities have moved towards becoming complex distribution and information centres that provide linkages along a product's entire supply chain, facilitating just-in-time supply of stock. Manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers have adjusted their supply chains accordingly and now tend to hold less stock on hand. The trend towards outsourcing warehousing to third-party operators has boosted demand for industry warehousing and cold storage services.

The industry is forecast to grow at an annualised 1.8%...

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Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

The majority of industry warehouses tend to be located near light manufacturing sites, port areas and intermodal hubs that have good access to main arterial roads. A port area is defined as an area within a radial distance of five kilometres from a port terminal. However, the growth of larger warehouses and distribution centres has led to some of the industry's largest and most advanced operations shifting away from inner-city locations near ports towards outer-city industrial estates. The ability of operators to spread out to these areas and access cheaper rent is contingent on established transport routes and arterial roads.

General warehousing and cold storage facility operators offer services to a range of downstream businesses. As ..

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Industry Products

What is the General Warehousing and Cold Storage Industry?

Companies in the industry primarily operate third-party warehousing and cold storage facilities. Grain storage facilities are excluded from the industry.

Industry Products
General warehousing facilities
Cold storage facilities
Self-storage facilities
Bonded warehousing facilities
Industry Activities
Warehouse operation
Cold storage facility operation
Bond store operation
Bulk petroleum storage services
Cool room storage services
Controlled atmosphere store operation
Furniture storage facility operation
Refrigerated storage services
Wool storage services

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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