Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 06, 2014
Minibuses and shuttles have a buyer power score of 3.9 out of 5, indicating that buyers have more leverage than suppliers in this market. Buyers benefit from low price volatility, says IBISWorld research analyst Hayden Shipp. “While price consistently rises at a low single-digit rate each year, low volatility reduces the threat of a major penalty stemming from delaying a purchase.”
The array of optional equipment available on minibuses and shuttles also enhances buyer power. Most minibuses are produced by second-stage manufacturers that use third-party chassis and mechanical components. Dealers often order new minibuses through such manufacturers to meet buyers' specs. Buyers have a range of options, which may include chassis, engine, floor plan, wheelchair positions, wheelchair ramps, interior fabrics and paint scheme. Adds Shipp, “Buyers can also reduce purchase price by buying a stock or used minibus and foregoing customization.”
Expansion of options is partly the result of increasing regulation. Environmental Protection Agency emissions requirements have spurred broader availability of more fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel engines. Such engines boost purchase price but reduce total cost of ownership; the operating costs of a minibus easily exceed its purchase price over the vehicle's life-span. Also, substitute vehicles such as conversion vans and standard buses expand buyers' choices while providing them with greater negotiating power than the dealers that do not sell these alternatives.
While the dealer segment of the market is fragmented, the manufacturing sector has undergone significant consolidation. High market share concentration among manufacturers reduces some of the benefits of fragmentation at the retail level; dealers get their minibuses from a fairly small group of suppliers, limiting variability in their costs of revenue and pricing. Current major vendors include Daimler AG, Navistart International Corp., Allied Specialty Vehicles, Blue Bird Corp., Forest River and more. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Minibuses and Shuttles procurement category market research report page.
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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics
This report is intended to help buyers of minibuses, which shuttle passengers and have a capacity of about 10 to 20 people. Minibuses are frequently used by airports, healthcare providers, tour and charter companies, churches, schools, retirement centers and municipalities.
Recent Price Trend
Product Life Cycle
Total Cost of Ownership
Supply Chain & Vendors
Supply Chain Dynamics
Supply Chain Risk
Market Share Concentration
Buying Lead Time
Key RFP Elements
Buyer Power Factors
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