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

IBISWorld’s General Warehousing and Cold Storage market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


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 Key Buyers Chapter

The industry is characterised by low market share concentration. Collectively, the industry's largest four players are estimated to account for less than 40% of total revenue in 2016-17. These major players are generally involved in other related transport activities and therefore tend to operate differently from pure warehouse operators.

Over the past five years, there has been a consolidation trend evident among operators in the industry. Third-party logistics have driven this trend, as warehouses have become sites where goods are finished for final delivery; orders are filled, picked and packed; and products are returned, rather than simply being destinations where goods are stored.


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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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