United States 3PL Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The US 3PL market is segmented by Services (Domestic Transportation Management, International Transportation Management, and Value-added Warehousing and Distribution) and End User (Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer and Retail, Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Technology, and Other End Users). The report offers market size and forecasts for the US 3PL market in value (USD Billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

US 3PL Market Size
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >6 %
US 3PL Market Companies

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Market Overview

The US 3PL market is expected to witness a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period, 2022-2027.

COVID-19 has transformed businesses across the world, with greater attention given to supplying chain optimization, growth of 3PL, and meeting essential and non-essential delivery challenges. Building supply chains more resistant to shocks like COVID-19 requires a blended approach by shippers to localized and global sourcing. With the implementation of the lockdown, the transportation sector, upon which supply-chain activities are dependent, has remained partially closed. Consequently, there were constraints to the smooth functioning of the supply chains, and this has had an adverse impact on global business and industrial activities. The shipping industry, which accounts for about 90% of trade activities, was impacted by the pandemic.

The 3PL market in the United States is driven by the increasing level of cross-border trade. The cost benefits of using 3PL are anticipated to boost the growth of the 3PL market. Consequently, 3PLs are going through a digital transformation and are investing in end-to-end solutions and end-to-end visibility to meet growing customer demand.

However, 3PL operators also face various challenges. Firstly, the development of the e-commerce sector and the consequent increase in the demand for services that manage supply chains around the world are expected to pose issues to the operation of the market.

Manufacturers and retailers are focusing on their core competencies and are now more readily subcontracting functions such as logistics to those with the expertise. Thus, the increase in competition has diverted the focus of manufacturers to promote their respective specializations in production and distribution.

Major third-party logistics providers are heavily investing in novel technologies, expanding their service portfolio, and widening their global reach. Software solutions are widely being used by companies for logistics applications.

Scope of the Report

Airfreight is another term for air cargo, which refers to the shipment of goods by air. The United States 3PL market is segmented by services (Domestic Transportation Management, International Transportation Management, and Value-added Warehousing and Distribution) and End User (Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer and Retail, Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Technology, and Other End Users). The report offers market size and forecasts for the United States market in value (USD Billion) for all the above segments.

By Services
Domestic Transportation Management
International Transportation Management
Value-added Warehousing and Distribution
By End User
Consumer and Retail
Other End Users

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Key Market Trends

E-commerce Driving the 3PL Market

  • With the increasing penetration of e-commerce in the United States market, consumers are demanding customized shipping along with real-time visibility of the shipments. These demands are driving the 3PL service providers to focus on providing overall network optimization and creating an agile supply chain through innovation and optimization for greater visibility.
  • Even while e-commerce has been a core demand driver for sophisticated and high-end logistics services from 3PLs, the market is disrupting fast.
  • Shopify, a leading e-commerce marketplace, acquired 6 River Systems. 6 River Systems is a provider of AI-enabled fulfillment automation solutions focused on effective picking, sorting, quicker turn-around time, and throughput. 6 River Systems lists XPO Logistics and other 3PL companies as clients. Such scenarios indicate the level of sophistication and ongoing disruptions in the fast-changing market.
  • Even while e-commerce is expected to be a core demand driver for 3PL services, retailers and online marketplaces such as Amazon and Shopify would also require specialized 3PL support (given their scale of business).
  • Hence, 3PL companies are expected to upgrade technology and acquire disruptive solution providers – so that outsourcing requirements of large and key customers can be fulfilled and required end-customer satisfaction can be achieved.
US 3PL Market Trends

Increase in Demand for Warehousing Space

  • The rising demand from key areas such as automotive, manufacturing, retail, technology, healthcare, and construction is expected to create strong demand for the warehousing space in the coming years.
  • The manufacturing companies are demanding for outsourcing warehousing services to aid their production and operational expansions.
  • Considering the advantages of outsourcing in terms of enhanced operational efficiency and cost savings, shippers are increasingly outsourcing the logistics portion of their activities to warehouse service suppliers to meet the increasing demand for fast delivery.
  • This also allows them to concentrate on their core competencies. Moreover, with the growing popularity of frozen food, the demand for refrigerated storage and warehousing has also increased.
  • Many logistic service providers and retailers have started establishing dedicated warehousing spaces for their activities in the market.
  • In 2020, China Manufacturers Alliance LLC (CMA)/Double Coin Tires opened warehouses in Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside (US) to boost the capacity for truck/bus and OTR tires in the coming years. The addition of these facilities has expanded the company's warehousing footprint to approximately 338,000 sq. ft, adding extra capacity for around 225,000 units.
US 3PL Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

The market is relatively fragmented, with the presence of a large number of local and international players, including CH Robinson, XPO Logistics, UPS Supply Chain, Expeditors, and JB Hunt. Fragmentation in the market is expected to decrease with companies in the space actively merging and consolidating to get the benefits of economies of scale.

Recent Developments

  • In January 2022, J.B. Hunt announced that it was acquiring the assets of Zenith Freight Lines from Bassett Furniture Industries, a leading manufacturer of quality furniture. The acquisition is worth USD 87 million. From now on, J.B. Hunt will continue to provide the services for Bassett. This investment helps J.B. Hunt to enhance its furniture delivery capabilities by expanding nationwide.
  • In January 2022, XPO Logistics announced the opening of two LTL terminals to increase its customer service capacity. In October 2021, the company launched a 264-door terminal in Chicago Heights, Illinois, and took steps to increase freight flows in the face of rising demand.
  • In December 2021, DHL Supply Chain collaborated with TuSimple to adopt and implement autonomous trucking operations. With this partnership, DHL made a reservation for 100 autonomous trucks designed by TuSimple and Navistar in the United States.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Restraints

      3. 4.2.3 Opportunities

    3. 4.3 Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Industry Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Demand From Other Segments, such as CEP, Last Mile Delivery, Cold Chain Logistics, Etc.

    6. 4.6 Technological Developments in the Logistics Sector

    7. 4.7 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    8. 4.8 General Trends in the Warehousing Market

    9. 4.9 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size By Value)

    1. 5.1 By Services

      1. 5.1.1 Domestic Transportation Management

      2. 5.1.2 International Transportation Management

      3. 5.1.3 Value-added Warehousing and Distribution

    2. 5.2 By End User

      1. 5.2.1 Aerospace

      2. 5.2.2 Automotive

      3. 5.2.3 Consumer and Retail

      4. 5.2.4 Energy

      5. 5.2.5 Healthcare

      6. 5.2.6 Manufacturing

      7. 5.2.7 Technology

      8. 5.2.8 Other End Users


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 C.H. Robinson

      2. 6.2.2 XPO Logistics

      3. 6.2.3 United Parcel Service

      4. 6.2.4 Fedex

      5. 6.2.5 J.B. Hunt

      6. 6.2.6 DHL Supply Chain Logistics

      7. 6.2.7 D.B. Schenker

      8. 6.2.8 Kuehne + Nagel

      9. 6.2.9 Hub Group

      10. 6.2.10 Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

    3. *List Not Exhaustive


  9. 9. APPENDIX

    1. 9.1 GDP Distribution, By Activity

    2. 9.2 Insights on Capital Flows

    3. 9.3 Economic Statistics - Export and Import by Product

    4. 9.4 Insights on Key Export Destinations

    5. 9.5 Insights on Key Import Origin Countries

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Frequently Asked Questions

The United States 3PL Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The United States 3PL Market is growing at a CAGR of >6% over the next 5 years.

C.H. Robinson , XPO Logistics, UPS, Expeditors, J.B. Hunt are the major companies operating in United States 3PL Market.

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