Picking up: Rising imports and exports have supported industry revenue growth

The General Warehousing and Cold Storage industry has grown over the past five years. Industry operators supply warehousing and cold storage services to a range of downstream markets, many of which have benefited from improving demand conditions over the period. Warehouse facilities have increasingly become complex distribution and information centres that link 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, allowing them to outsource their warehousing requirements. The trend towards outsourcing warehousing to third-party operators has boosted demand for industry services over the past five years...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Warehouse facilities have increasingly become complex distribution and information centres
  • Storage and warehousing of fast-moving consumer goods tends to attract higher profit margins
  • Rising demand from business process outsourcing is forecast to support industry revenue growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The General Warehousing and Cold Storage industry displays low market share concentration. The industry is highly fragmented, with approximately 95% of industry enterprises being either owner-operators or employing fewer than 20 personnel. Collectively, the industry's largest four players account for approximately 30% of total industry revenue. The major players participate in a range of transport related activities, such as road and rail freight, and therefore vastly differ from smaller operators that purely operate warehouses. Over the past five years, many industry operators have increasingly offered additional services beyond storing goods, with warehouses becoming sites where goods are finished for final delivery; orders are filled, picked and packed; and products are returned. As ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the General Warehousing and Cold Storage Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the General Warehousing and Cold Storage are:

  • Use of most efficient work practices
  • Automation - reduces costs, particularly those associated with labour
  • Output is sold under contract - incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business inventories and Demand from business process outsourcing in Australia in the General Warehousing and Cold Storage industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the General Warehousing and Cold Storage Industry?

    Industry firms 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
  • 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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business inventories
  • Demand from business process outsourcing in Australia
  • Demand from online shopping
  • Total merchandise imports and exports

  • Current Performance
  • Industry profitability
  • Online retailing
  • Cold storage
  • Inventory cycles
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Rising competition
  • Productivity gains
  • Online demand
  • Table: General Warehousing and Cold Storage Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - General Warehousing and Cold Storage Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Agribusiness
  • Integrated Logistics

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial and Industrial Building Construction
  • Industrial and Other Property Operators
  • Transport Equipment and Large Vehicle Rental

  • Products & Services
  • General warehousing facilities
  • Bonded warehousing facilities
  • Cold storage facilities
  • Chart: General Warehousing and Cold Storage Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Transport industries
  • Wholesaling industries
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Other industries
  • Retailing industries
  • Service industries
  • Agricultural industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the General Warehousing and Cold Storage Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs General Warehousing and Cold Storage

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the General Warehousing and Cold Storage Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Toll Holdings Limited,
  • Table: Toll Holdings Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the General Warehousing and Cold Storage Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the General Warehousing and Cold Storage Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Bonded Warehouse
  • Secured storage facilities that allow dutiable goods to be stored without payment of customs taxes.
  • Cold Storage
  • Warehousing of goods in temperature-controlled, primarily refrigerated, environments.
  • Just-In-Time
  • A strategy that reduces inventory and improves profitability, as only the materials that are needed for the immediate term are purchased.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • Tags applied or embedded into products that can store information such as the source, destination and price.
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