A Guide to the Courier and Parcel Services Sector

  • Price: £11.99
  • Published: May 2013
  • Type: UK Market Synopsis
  • Format: PDF
  • Market summary at a glance
  • Industry overview
  • External factors and trends
  • Government initiatives and regulation
  • Further sources of information

This market synopsis examines the trends and market developments affecting the courier and parcel services sector in the UK. It provides information targeted specifically at new, existing or aspiring small business owners who are aiming to trade or develop their interests within this sector.

Courier and parcel services collect, sort, transfer and deliver items that may be time sensitive, or too heavy to be delivered by standard mail. Services typically provide door-to-door collection and delivery via international, national and local air, train and road services. Services are also known as carriers and range from integrated network operators to local pickup and delivery drivers. Operating alongside this sector is the Government-owned universal postal service Royal Mail, which provides time-sensitive and parcel services.

Wherever possible, this synopsis has been compiled from sources of information that can be accessed online to enable users to conduct further research of their own. These include industry and national press sources, Government research, company reports, market reports and information from trade bodies.

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