Transportation and warehousing: the business of logistics


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Transportation is obviously an important step before a product can be displayed on a supermarket shelf or dispatched from a post office. The process of transportation and warehousing is generally managed by some logistics company. The Asian Pacific region is the largest third-party logistics market, generating more than $280 billion in 2016. The North American third-party logistics market generated approximately $199 billion in the same year.

The largest company that manages logistics in North America is UPS Supply Chain Solutions, according to information presented by In 2016, UPS generated more than $3 billion in net revenue in North America. This company is a subsidiary of United Parcel Service, which saw over $58 billion in revenue in 2014 and employed about 435,000 thousand truckers, pilots, mechanics and office workers.

The second leading logistics company in North America is XPO Logistics Inc. This company generated about $2.8 billion of net revenue in 2016. J.B.Hunt Transport Services Solutions ranked third with over $2.6 billion US dollars in net revenue in the country. C.H.Robinson Worldwide and Expeditors International of Washington came fourth and fifth, with $2.2 billion and $2.1 billion in net revenues in North America respectively.


According to information showing the value of new private sector warehouse construction in the United States, in 2011 the value of about $6.5 billion was generated by the private sector. As you can see, these numbers are growing regularly. Thus, in 2012, the value of warehouse buildings constructed by the private sector grew to $7 billion; in 2013, it grew to more than $8.7 billion. There was a huge step forward in 2014 ­— the value of warehouse buildings amounted to $13.7 billion. In 2015, this value was approximately $16.1 billion. In 2016, the number increased yet again to $19.6 billion.


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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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2 thoughts on “Transportation and warehousing: the business of logistics”

  1. Well, half of the profit depends upon the transportation and warehousing process of a supply chain. If executed efficiently, it will surely help to generate revenue. Thanks for sharing the information.

  2. This was an amazing article which related to all the thoughts that i had regarding this topic it brightened those unsolved question for me

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