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  June 4th, 2023 | Written by

Restart: The Business of Warehousing in North America in the Post-Pandemic Era

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The Latest Benchmarking Costs, Prices, and Practices for North American Warehousing Available in a New Report from Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

 Armstrong & Associates, Inc. (A&A) estimates that for 2022, the total U.S. Warehousing Market reached $246.0 billion, with VAWD (Value-Added Warehousing and Distribution) gross revenue having 22.7% growth to $67 billion and net revenue reaching $49.8 billion with 21.1% growth. Total U.S. Warehouse Inventory Space reached an estimated 11.7 billion square feet by the end of 2022. To track the most up-to-date costs, pricing, and practices in North American warehousing, A&A collected information from various contract warehousing operations and warehouse contracts in North America. The results are published in a report released today, “Restart: The Business of Warehousing in North America in the Post-Pandemic Era, Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices.” The report is the latest in A&A’s series of Warehousing studies, which have been instrumental resources to the industry for over 17 years.

In addition to market estimates, warehousing operators and customers of third-party logistics providers (3PLs) will find how the warehousing industry has changed significantly prior to and after the pandemic shutdowns and subsequent demand increases. This report includes but not limited to:

  • Extensive guidelines for warehouse pricing
  • A&A’s Top 50 North American VAWD 3PLs
  • Capability and technology benchmarks
  • Contract lengths, warehouse sizes, and revenues
  • Operating margins, expected versus actual results
  • Warehouse ownership, primary warehousing handling types, and warehouse management systems being utilized
  • Advanced breakdowns of contract warehouses including VAWD revenue and space by region and commodities handled, dedicated versus multi-client warehouse space by region, warehouse case inventory throughput by region and commodities handled
  • Open and closed book, gainsharing, and contract payment terms
  • Market rental and vacancy rates

Top 50 North American VAWD 3PLs

A&A’s Top 50 North American VAWD 3PLs list—representing 4,272 facilities totaling 1,046.1 million square feet of warehousing space—includes data on leading 3PLs, including number of warehouses, total space, warehouse and value-added service capabilities, and warehouse management system (WMS) deployment. The Top 50 have an average of 85 warehouses with an average size of 283,067 square feet.

U.S.  3PL E-commerce Revenue

We estimate that U.S. 3PL E-commerce Revenues reached $35.3 billion in 2022, producing a 5-year CAGR of 29.8%. 2021 saw the highest year-over-year growth since 2017, reaching as high as 59%, as e-commerce purchases spiked due to the pandemic and shutdowns. For 2022, we estimate 18% growth for U.S. 3PL E-commerce revenue as the market returns to normalcy at pre-pandemic levels.

This market sizing and benchmarking data, only available from A&A, is a valuable desktop reference. The complete report and other A&A research can be found at: