Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Downstream demand for discretionary purchases of clothing will support industry growth over the next five years, after weak economic conditions hurt wholesalers. Nevertheless, the infiltration of low-cost imports has intensified price competition for domestic wholesalers, cutting into profit margins. Over the five years to 2019, imports will make up an increasing proportion of domestic demand; therefore, operators will need to cut their own prices and offer more services to buyers to remain relevant... 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 women's and children's retailers to cut costs on shipping. 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 and retailers contract their own manufacturers to produce private label brands.
The Mid-Atlantic has the largest number of wholesalers, accounting for 37.2% of total industry establishments. Many wholesalers are located in this region because 28.8% of women's and girls' apparel manufacturers are located here... purchase to read more