Industry operators have struggled to contend with rising competition from electronic mediums and office supply superstores.
New York, NY (PRWEB) July 08, 2014
The Office Stationery Wholesaling industry has at long last turned the page on the recession and its lingering effects on demand for stationery goods, although evidence of any substantial industry revenue growth has yet to materialize. Demand for office stationery has been slow to improve in the past five years due to declining purchases of paper products among individuals, retailers and corporate clients. Office stationery wholesalers have also struggled to contend with rising competition from electronic mediums and office supply superstores that increasingly purchase stationery products directly from manufacturers. Over the five years to 2014, industry revenue has declined steadily at an annualized rate.
Faced with declining demand for office stationery products, profit margins represent a small proportion of revenue for the average industry company in 2014. Although minimal, this percentage is still an improvement from 2009, when margins averaged a smaller share of total industry revenue. Beset with low profit margins and heightened competition, firm closures have been a perennial problem for the industry for many years. From 2009 to 2014, the number of industry establishments declined at an annualized rate. As demand for office stationery products provides little room for optimism, regional firms have exited the industry while larger wholesaling firms have acquired several smaller distributors to improve dwindling profit margins. In 2014, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to rise.
The Office Stationery Wholesaling industry has a low level of market share concentration. Industry consolidation will most likely continue for the foreseeable future. Demand for traditional industry products is forecast to decline as well, which will require firms to diversify their product offerings to preserve profit margins amid wavering interest from individual and corporate clients. The industry must maintain sales relationships with major clients to continue any sort of stable revenue growth. Over the five years to 2019, total revenue is projected to increase slowly at an annualized rate. The industry is expected to experience further consolidation as its largest firms aim to expand geographic reach and diversify the amount of products marketed to clients. Although revenue will grow over the next five years, albeit slightly, the total number of industry establishments is expected to decline at an annualized rate over the five years to 2019.
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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
Office stationary wholesalers distribute a range of paper stationery products and other office supplies to retailers, other wholesalers, directly to customers and to foreign buyers. Industry products include envelopes, computer paper, notebooks, business forms, photo albums, folders, pens, pencils, toner cartridge, inked ribbons, cellophane tape and other miscellaneous paper office supplies. Sales of office equipment and furniture are excluded from this industry.
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