Warehousing Services Market Intelligence

Report Coverage

  • Global Warehousing Services Industry Trends
  • Supplier Trends and Insights
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Global Supplier List and Service Capabilities

Market Size

Global Market Size

$245 Bn


7 Percent

Market Size NA

$77 Bn

Table of contents

  1. Warehousing Services Executive Summary
  2. Global Warehousing Industry Outlook
  3. Warehousing Industry Supply Market Outlook
  4. COVID 19 – Update and Impact


  1. Market Analysis
  2. Global Market Maturity
  3. Global Industry Trends
  4. Global Drivers and Constraints
  5. Regional Market Analysis
  6. Opportunities and Challenges
  7. Porter’s for Developed Regions
  8. Porter’s for Emerging Regions


  1. Supplier Performance Assessment
  2. Warehouse Suppliers:Trends and Insights
  3. Mergers and Acquisitions


  1. Cost and Pricing Analysis
  2. Pricing Models: Comparative Analysis
  3. Pricing Models: Benefits
  4. Cost Structure: North America, LATAM, Europe, and APAC
  5. Innovation Framework
  6. Sustainability Initiatives


  1. Procurement Best Practices
  2. Sourcing Models
  3. Sourcing Models: Pros and Cons
  4. Case Studies
  5. Contracts Overview
  6. Service Level Agreements
  7. Key Performance Indicators
  8. Purchasing Process: RFP/RFI Questionnaire

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Global Warehousing Services Industry Outlook

  • The global warehousing market was expected to be valued at around $245 Bn in 2020, and is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 7% from 2020 through 2024, valuing around $326 Bn by 2024.

  • Europe, North America, and APAC countries including Australia and Singapore, have high market maturity owing to tight supply conditions and higher technology adoption.

  • Parts of APAC, such as India and China, are expected to be the future growth driving markets for the warehousing industry owing to a forecasted increase in manufacturing facilities, a high number of top container ports, and robust growth of the e-commerce sector, which will grow from $97 Bn in 2020 to $143 Bn in 2024.

  • There are three levels of market maturity in the industry and this report categorizes the entire warehousing market into – High Market Maturity, Medium Market, and Low Market Maturity countries.

Brexit - Impact on Warehousing

Rise in warehouse operating cost

Impact Area: Warehouses operating in the UK

  • Post the exit from the European Union (EU), the UK is expected to see a rise in wage rates, which was a major social plank during the referendum.
  • A mandatory wage rise will impact labor costs, which account for nearly 40-60% of the total warehouse costs.
  • Any rise in wage rates will directly impact the warehouse costs, which, in turn, will lead to a rise in prices.

Action Item:

  • Clients need to look at price absorption clauses to shield them from any potential rise in prices.


Impact on Distribution Centers

Impact Area: Distribution centers in the UK and Europe

  • The UK has comparatively high rental rates coupled with a less strategic location in Europe. Hence its location attractiveness for centralized European Distribution Centers (EDC) will reduce in the near future.
  • Companies that currently have Centralized European Distribution Centers (EDC) in European Union will have a minimal impact due to the BREXIT as most of them are located across countries like Germany, France and Benelux.

Global Warehousing Services Market Maturity

  • Europe and North America show higher service provider maturity due to high technology adoption levels and a wider range of services offered. Emerging countries, such as Brazil, India, China, and Japan, show low to medium maturity due to lower 3PL penetration rates and lower adoption of warehouse technology.


Global Warehousing Services Industry Trends

  • Adoption of technology in warehouse management functions such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs), pick to light, and voice-directed picking is gaining momentum as most warehouse occupiers are accommodating their distribution centers (DC) towards faster response times and space-saving, efficient systems with minimal labor requirements.
  • Increasing service levels such as same-day delivery and e-commerce are encouraging retailers to invest more in warehouse space.
  • The increasing shift towards a centralized distribution model is resulting in an increased demand scenario for modern Class A warehouses across the globe.
  • Currently, warehousing service providers are offering value-added services such as labeling, packaging, and palletizing to enhance and complement service offerings.
  • Over the next few years, industrial warehousing will grow in India's manufacturing facilities across eight cities - Mumbai, NCR, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad. These cities house 211 million sq. Ft (as of 2019) of quality warehousing stock. The stock is projected to climb to 253 million sq. ft and further to around 300 million sq. ft in 2021. The Indian logistics and SCM (Supply Chain Management) industry is valued at $165 Bn, with the number expected to grow at a good pace.
  • These major global warehousing market trends are setting high hopes for service providers.

Warehousing Services Drivers and Constraints



  • Global manufacturing production rose almost 2.4% in 2016 and picked up the pace and grew in the remaining months, leading to more demand for warehousing facilities in the subsequent years.
  • The global GDP grew by approximately 3.5% in 2016 and 3.8% in 2017 thus creating a positive economic environment.

Growing Retail and E-commerce Industry:

  • The e-commerce boom has led to an increase in demand for warehouse space from third-party logistics (3PL) across the globe and will grow at a faster pace in emerging economies such as India and China. Expansion of retail chains and their dynamic growth is expected to further push the demand for warehouses in the upcoming years.
  • Further, enforcement of physical distancing norms, lockdowns, and other protocols in response to the COVID-19 crisis has influenced consumers to shop online. This behavioral shift has triggered a spike in business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce sales in household goods, pharmaceuticals, and food products.  An increasing number of online platforms is influencing consumers' buying patterns. Companies functioning in the e-commerce industry are speeding up their order placement and shipping processes to remain competitive.
  • Such trends have resulted in the large-scale implementation of real-time warehousing services solutions for effective order processing, packaging, shipment monitoring, and route planning.


  • Across emerging regions, the availability of Class A warehouses is limited to only a few countries such as India and China thus hindering the adoption of hi-tech levels as well as best-in-class KPIs.
  • The unavailability of skilled labor in regions such as North America and Europe, along with less expertise in the warehousing field, keeps wages relatively high, which impacts overall operating costs.
  • Warehouse management systems require continuous maintenance and optimization in routine cycles to ensure proper operation. The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled various governments across the globe to impose nationwide lockdowns, leading to labor shortage in warehouses.
  • SMEs that bank on traditional warehousing services are taking a hard hit due to the absence of a trained workforce to manage maintenance activities. SMEs contribute significantly to the global warehousing market, especially in developing regions. This will trigger a short-term slump in demand for warehousing services in these regions.

Cost and Pricing Analysis

The warehousing industry report contains the cost and pricing analysis of the different pricing models as well as the pros and cons of each in detail. Also, it explains the difference in cost and pricing across geographies. Further, the report offers an independent analysis of the developed and developing regions in the warehousing services market.

Procurement Best Practices

The report details the procurement practices, sourcing models, and the types of contracts and agreements that are used in the warehousing industry. The pros and cons of the different sourcing models are also detailed. The key performance indicators of the global warehousing industry are described.

Why You Should Buy This Report

The report consists of the analysis of the global warehousing services market size, demand-supply analysis, and trade dynamics of global and regional markets.  Moreover, the report elaborates all the historical trends in the global warehousing services market price and the factors driving the same. Various geographic regions and their inner dynamics such as price trends, logistics services, market dynamics as well as market maturity are also explained in the research study.

Moving ahead, the global warehousing market size study has scrutinized prominent countries that offer large-scale global transport and warehousing facilities and their revenue share. If there is anything unique to differentiate one region from the other in the global logistics & warehousing services market, they are detailed.  The global warehousing market report gives Porter’s five forces analysis of the major warehousing markets.

The cost analysis section of the report studies the global warehousing services market price from the global as well as regional perspective. The report lists out global warehousing services market industry suppliers, drivers and constraints, and price analysis, as well as provides the SWOT analysis of major suppliers. It also offers information about market aspects such as warehousing services, logistics and transportation, storage services, fulfillment center, distribution center, deport storage, bonded storage, public storage, third-party storage facility, leased storage, rented storage, automated warehouse, WMS, VAS, ASRS, and AGV. The industry report provides the global services warehousing market size analysis and cost structure breakdown and lists the best sourcing and contract models for manufacturers and distributors.

Further, the global warehousing services market report talks about the innovations that aim at reducing costs while making the industry more sustainable in sync. 

Warehousing Services Market Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What makes India and China the key growth driving markets in the warehousing industry?
  2. Certain parts of the APAC region like India and China are considered to be the future growth driving markets for the warehousing industry due to forecasted increase in the manufacturing facilities, a high number of top container ports, and due to robust growth in the e-commerce sector.
  1. What are the three levels of maturity in which the countries are categorized w.r.t the warehousing industry?
  2. According to Beroe’s report, the entire warehouse market is categorized into 3 levels namely – High Market Maturity, Medium Market, and Low Market Maturity countries. The bifurcation stands as: High Market Maturity countries – includes the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, and Australia Medium Market Maturity Countries – includes India, China, Brazil, Poland, South Africa, and Dubai Low Market Maturity Countries – includes New Zealand, Argentina, and Chile
  1. What is the average contract duration and payment period prevalent in the warehousing market?
  2. The minimal contract duration is of one year, the average being three years, and the maximum contract duration in the industry is for five years. Again, the usual payment period is of 30 – 45 days.
  1. Who are the top global service providers in the warehousing industry?
  2. As per Beroe, the top global service providers are: C.H. Robinson CEVA Logistics DHL Supply Chain DB Schenker Logistics Kuehne + Nagel UPS Supply Chain XPO Logistics
  1. What are the two major cost components prevalent in the warehousing industry?
  2. The two major cost components include the following: Labor cost (30 – 35 percent) Warehouse rental (25 – 30 percent)
  1. What are the four main KPIs that influence a majority of warehouse services?
  2. The four main KPIs that influence a majority of warehouse services include: On-time shipments Total order cycle time Perfect-order completion index Dock-to-stock cycle time
  1. What are the different pricing models of the warehousing industry?
  2. According to Beroe's report, there are three pricing models within the warehousing industry: cost-plus margin, transactional pricing and activity-based costing.
  1. What are the key driving factors for warehousing services?
  2. The rise in economy, improvement in GDP, growth in e-commerce, retail industry, and FMCG goods are some of the known factors that drive a majority of warehousing services.
  1. Which are the three main sourcing models in the global warehousing market?
  2. As per Beroe’s report, the three sourcing models are: Lease and operate Built-to-suit Outsource to 3PL
  1. Which countries hold the largest and the smallest warehousing market size across the globe?
  2. The largest warehousing market size is captured by the APAC region with a valuation of $1,249 Bn, followed by Europe ($346 Bn), North America ($170 Bn), and the smallest market size is with Latin America having a valuation of $47 Bn.

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