WEST ALLIS, WI, June 15, 2017 – For third-party logistics in the U.S., 2016 was a mediocre year. Third-Party Logistics (3PL) net revenues grew 2.1% over 2015 to $73.5 billion. Overall gross revenues increased 3.5% expanding the total U.S. 3PL market to $166.8 billion.

Big M&A deals changed third-party logistics from mid-2014 through 2015. In 2016, the pace slackened significantly. The biggest deal was FedEx’s acquisition of TNT Express in the second quarter. Other big deals were DSV’s acquisition of UTi Worldwide in January and HNA Group’s purchase of Ingram Micro for $6 billion.

In 2016, the Domestic Transportation Management (DTM) segment increased 5.3% in gross revenue and 7% in net revenue as Domestic Transportation Management 3PLs (DTMs) tightened up operations in an effort to compensate for ample truck capacity. International Transportation Management (ITM), which had strong growth 10 years ago, grew 2.6% in gross revenue, but net revenue fell 1.9%. ITM, like DTM, was negatively impacted by too much air and ocean capacity in the market. Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC) grew 3.5%. Segment leader, Ryder, was up 14%. Value-Added Warehousing and Distribution (VAWD) increased 1.9% on tight capacity and warehouse utilization.

Global 3PL revenues reached $802 billion in 2016 and are on track to exceed $962 billion in 2020. We’ve expanded our global 3PL market estimates to seven major regions comprising 190 countries. Total and segment 3PL revenues and logistics spend by key countries and regions are included.

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc. (A&A) was established in 1980 to meet the needs of a newly deregulated domestic transportation market. Since then, through its leading Third-Party Logistics (3PL) market research and history of helping companies outsource logistics functions, A&A has become an internationally recognized key resource for 3PL market information and consulting.

A&A’s mission is to have leading proprietary supply chain knowledge and market research not available anywhere else. As proof of our continued work in supporting our mission, A&A’s 3PL market research is frequently cited in media articles, publications, and securities filings by publicly traded 3PLs. In addition, A&A’s email newsletter currently has over 42,000 subscribers globally.

A&A’s market research complements its consulting activities by providing continually updated data for analysis. Based upon its unsurpassed knowledge of the 3PL market and the operations of leading 3PLs, A&A has provided strategic planning consulting services to over 30 3PLs, supported 17 closed investment transactions, and provided advice to numerous companies looking to benchmark existing 3PL operations or outsource logistics functions.

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Evan Armstrong at +1-608-268-5860, or email Evan@3PLogistics.com.
Amy St. Peter at +1-414-545-3838, or email Amy@3PLogistics.com.

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