Courier and Messenger Services

Courier and Messenger Services

Overview

The 8,000 courier and messenger services in the US provide express delivery, by air or ground, of documents and parcels within and between cities. Messenger services provide local delivery of documents and parcels as well as groceries, alcoholic beverages, and restaurant meals.

Volatile Fuel Costs

Firms with a fleet of delivery vehicles incur fuel costs that can fluctuate significantly from year to year.

Stiff Competition

The courier segment is dominated by FedEx, UPS and DHL, which have strong brand recognition, national delivery networks, and are easy to contract.