Walk-In Refrigerators Procurement Category Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated

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Walk-in refrigerator suppliers are dependent on raw material inputs, such as steel and aluminum; prices for these commodities are highly volatile, forcing suppliers to either raise prices for buyers or restrict their profit margins, both of which limit buyer negotiation power. For these reasons and to help procurement professionals make better buying decisions faster, business intelligence firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the procurement of Walk-In Refrigerators in its growing collection of procurement category market research reports.

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Growth in private nonresidential construction, steel prices and corporate profit will lead to higher product prices for walk-in refrigerators

Walk-in refrigerators have a buyer power score of 3.2 out of 5, demonstrating a moderate level of buyer power. “Buyers in this market gain negotiation power through the product's low price volatility, fragmented market and low switching costs,” according to IBISWorld business research analyst Jordan Weinstein.

The low market share concentration among suppliers supports buyer power. Because there are many suppliers in the market, buyers can easily get bids from many suppliers to weigh their walk-in refrigerator options. In addition, a fragmented market causes suppliers to lower prices to remain competitive, which allows for greater purchasing power among buyers. Buyers are also able to easily switch from one supplier to another. “Because walk-in refrigerators are typically purchased as single items, there are few restrictions preventing buyers from switching suppliers,” says Weinstein.

However, buyers lose some negotiation power through supply chain risks. Walk-in refrigerator suppliers are dependent on raw material inputs, such as steel and aluminum. Prices for these commodities are highly volatile, forcing suppliers to either raise prices for buyers or restrict their profit margins, both of which are factors that limit buyer negotiation power.

Additionally, there are few substitutes for walk-in refrigerators. Walk-in refrigerators are used in a variety of markets, particularly in food service settings, and must keep food items at a temperature in accordance with regulatory bodies. Suppliers may use alternatives like do-it-yourself refrigerators, used walk-in refrigerators and refrigerated storage services; however, these options may not be a direct substitute and may not fit every buyer's needs. Major vendors include Artic Industries, Hussmann Corporation and Kool Star. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Walk-In Refrigerators procurement category market research report page.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of walk-in refrigerators. These refrigerators may be used indoors or outdoors and are designed to easily store a greater number of products in a more organized manner than residential refrigerators. Walk-in refrigerators have powerful cooling systems that rarely allow the internal temperature to fluctuate. This report does not include the refrigeration unit used in walk-in refrigerator production as a standalone product, used walk-in refrigerators, combined refrigerator freezers, liquid nitrogen refrigerators, blast chillers or refrigerated tanks.
Executive Summary
Pricing Environment
Price Fundamentals
Benchmark Price
Pricing Model
Price Drivers
Recent Price Trend
Price Forecast
Product Characteristics
Product Life Cycle
Total Cost of Ownership
Product Specialization
Substitute Goods
Quality Control
Supply Chain & Vendors
Supply Chain Dynamics
Supply Chain Risk
Competitive Environment
Market Share Concentration
Market Profitability
Switching Costs
Purchasing Process
Buying Basics
Buying Lead Time
Selection Process
Key RFP Elements
Negotiation Questions
Buyer Power Factors
Key Statistics

About IBISWorld Inc.
IBISWorld is one of the world's leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorld’s procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

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