This statistic shows a ranking of the leading US-based logistics companies in 2012, ranked by North American net revenue. In that year, Expeditors International of Washington generated about 823 million US dollars in net revenue in North America.
Logistics industry in the United States
In 2012, spending in the US logistics industry came to a staggering 1.33 trillion US dollars, averaging 8.5 percent of the nationís gross domestic product. Producers and consumers are linked by multiple transportation modes including land, air and sea. In addition to this, cloud-based services revenue from supply management services is picking up steam: According to research carried out by Gartner, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is to achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 40 percent through 2014.
In order to serve its customers in all sectors, the logistics industry involves warehousing, material handling, packaging and the integration of information flow through supply chain management software. Over the next couple of years, B2C customers are particularly likely to order more and more items online. Thus, the share of e-commerce in total US retail sales is expected to grow, and will likely be driven by increased orders on Black Friday and during the holiday season.
In todayís busy world, end-users are inclined to shun traditional stores and retreat to the comfort of their own homes. Here, they can buy the goods they desire, receive the delivery, try everything on or out and return it to sender if necessary. US e-commerce experienced steady growth from the first quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2013, when sales exceeded 60 billion US dollars. The shift from retail to e-tail leaves one big opportunity for logistics companies: to deliver the increasing number of goods that are purchased online. The strategic battle for this last mile is set to be a hard-fought one, played out between online retailers and logistics companies alike. Amazon, Google and Japanís Rakuten are keen to expand their supply chains and to tap into the logistics market, where they will compete with market leaders such as Deutsche Post-owned Exel, UPS or Ceva Logistics.