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Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42432 | Sep 2014

Unraveling: Wholesale bypass and cheap imports continue to lower prices and hurt demand

IBISWorld’s Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$52bn
Annual Growth 09-14
3.4%
Annual Growth 14-19
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Employment
57,803
Businesses
9,090
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The economic recession has had a dismal effect on men's and boys' apparel wholesalers. With decreased discretionary spending in 2008 and 2009, retailers have been offering discounts to consumers to retain sales. Due to weak downstream demand, wholesalers were left with excess inventories and slashed prices to move stock. In their ongoing quest to cut expenditures and sustain margins, retailers have been sourcing directly from manufacturers, causing wholesalers to cut prices to remain relevant in the apparel supply chain. Meanwhile, due to cheap foreign labor, retailers are enticed with low-cost imports. As a result, wholesalers are left with lower demand... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Many wholesalers locate their facilities near clothing manufacturers, key suppliers to the industry, as well as men's and boys' retailers to reduce shipping costs. However, geographic spread in this industry is becoming less important as consumers increasingly shop via the Internet. Wholesalers are in danger of being marginalized as manufacturers initiate directly selling to consumers.

Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic has the largest number of wholesalers, accounting for 29.1% of total industry establishments. Many wholesalers are located in this region because 24.4% of men's and boys' manufacturers are located here. Wholesalers have establishments close to their suppliers to cut down on shipping costs and delivery time... purchase to read more

 


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What is the Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling Industry?

Businesses in this industry purchase men's and boys' clothing from apparel manufacturers and sell these products to retailers, generally with minimal or no further product development. Most wholesalers in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities such as establishing relationships with manufacturers and retailers, marketing and advertising their products, and storing and transporting stock.

Industry Products
Suits, coats and formal wearUnderwear and sleepwearShirtsSlacks and jeansUniforms and work clothingAccessories
 
Industry Activities
Wholesaling men's and boys' glovesWholesaling men's and boys' hats and capsWholesaling men's and boys' neckwearWholesaling men's and boys' outerwearWholesaling men's and boys' sportswearWholesaling suitsWholesaling men's and boys' swimwearWholesaling office attire


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