Commercial Warehousing Returns to 2008 Levels

Commercial warehousing revenue in the United States will reach $50 billion this year, according to analysis conducted by Armstrong & Associates, a supply chain management market research and consulting firm.

Contract and public warehousing combined are expected to exceed 2008 revenues by 2% after declining in 2009. The contract and public commercial warehousing market now constitutes 45% of the total U.S. market.

Of the top 12 contract warehousing and distribution companies in North America, 11 are based in the United States. Germany based DHL/Exel is the largest contract third-party logistics provider (3PL) in North America, in terms of number of warehouses, total square feet and net revenues from contract warehousing. Many like Jacobson (#2), GENCO (#3), OHL (#4) and Kenco (#7) are privately-held. In general, U.S. based companies still have headquarters in their original hometowns.

Company

Home Office

2009
Number of Warehouses

2009
Total Square Feet
(in Millions)

2009
U.S. Contract Warehousing (Net) Revenue
(US$ Millions)

DHL/Exel

Bonn, Germany

491

94.6

2,317

Jacobson

Des Moines, IA

145

35.0

447

GENCO

Pittsburgh, PA

115

34.7

812

OHL

Brentwood, TN

127

30.1

393

Cat Logistics

Morton, IL

130

29.0

2,300

Americold

Atlanta, GA

104

27.0

761

Kenco

Chattanooga, TN

79

25.0

300

UTi

Long Beach, CA

234

24.3

539

UPS SCS

Alpharetta, GA

100

20.0

1,643

Menlo

San Mateo, CA

120

18.0

514

NFI

Cherry Hill, NJ

51

18.0

262

DSC

Des Plaines, IL

36

15.2

225

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