In a recent whitepaper (“How much freight do the top 100 shippers in the U.S. Control?”; March 6), we examined how much freight the top 100 shippers account for in the U.S. This whitepaper is a follow-on to that report, and we would suggest reading it first.

We then assumed that the top 100 shippers in the U.S. spend 5% of their revenue on transportation. Next, we used the chart below from Goldman Sachs and SJ Consulting that breaks down the North American logistics market in 2018. As one can see, the $743 billion trucking market, including both for-hire and private fleets, accounted for 62% of total transportation spend. Therefore, we assumed that, of the 5% of revenue that top 100 shippers spend on transportation, 62% was spent on trucking. When one runs through those assumptions, the bottom line is that the top 100 shippers in the U.S. account for 23% of total trucking spend.

We thought it would be interesting to reexamine some of our key assumptions and see how the end results differed, if at all. Namely, we used the Fortune 1000 (as opposed to the Fortune 500) and questioned our assumption that all Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) sectors that regularly move freight spend 5% of their revenue on transportation.

Members Only

You have selected content that's only available to members of FreightWaves Passport. As a member, you gain immediate access to the most in-depth and informative freight research available. It's your gateway to continuing education.

Members also get:

  • Access to exclusive community dedicated to discussing the most important challenges facing freight.
  • Monthly and Quarterly Freight Market reports keeping you informed of industry trends.
  • Much, much more!

Click below to learn more and sign up today!

Existing Passport subscribers log in above.