492: Couriers and Messengers
Industries in the Couriers and Messengers subsector provide intercity
and/or local delivery of parcels. These articles can be described as
those that may be handled by one person without using special
equipment. This allows the collection, pick-up, and delivery
operations to be done with limited labor costs and minimal equipment.
Sorting and transportation activities, where necessary, are generally
mechanized. The restriction to small parcels partly distinguishes
these establishments from those in the transportation industries. The
complete network of courier services establishments also distinguishes
these transportation services from local messenger and delivery
establishments in this subsector. This includes the establishments
that perform intercity transportation as well as establishments that,
under contract to them, perform local pick-up and delivery.
Messengers, which usually deliver within a metropolitan or single
urban area, may use bicycle, foot, small truck, or van.