The Business of Warehousing in North America 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices Report is Released

STOUGHTON, WI, January 31, 2012 – In the second half of 2011, Armstrong & Associates collected information on contracting warehousing companies whose total revenues exceed $13 billion.  The average revenue for the sample companies was $823 million.  Revenues ranged from $36 million to $3 billion.  Companies reported organic increases from 1% to 25% for the first half of 2011 when compared to the first half of 2010.

In addition to a survey form, participants completed a series of spreadsheets providing detailed information on contract warehouses, contract customers and public warehouses.  Information covered over 600 contract warehouses, 300 contract customers and 100 public warehouses.

Commodities handled were split into 13 vertical industries.  The largest was Retail & Consumer Products at 18.4%.  High-tech/Computers accounted for 16.1% while Beverages & Food was 16.0%.  Building Materials came in at 1.7% reflecting the slowness of home construction activity in the United States.

Modern value-added warehousing and distribution (VAWD) third-party logistics providers (3PLs) all have significant transportation management capabilities.  The participants commonly have networktransportation management and dedicated contract carriage (DCC) trucking operations.  Three-fourths of our respondents have asset trucking operations including DCC.  All have networktransportation management capabilities with over half having control centers operating with major transportation management systems (TMS) platforms.  Participants use 74% of their total warehouse space for contract warehousing and 26% for public warehousing.

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection.  Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  Recent research papers include “Full Stride – 2010 3PL Market Analysis and 2011 Predictions,” “Spare Parts Logistics: Quintessential Global Supply Chain Management – Market Size and Major Players,” and “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.”


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