Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Women's and Children's Apparel Wholesaling industry has fully recovered from the recession. Downstream demand for apparel has been growing over the past five years, buoyed by rising consumer sentiment, culminating in higher consumer spending. In the coming years, increased demand from women's clothing stores and higher consumer spending are expected to drive revenue growth. Additionally, the world price of cotton is expected to be less volatile over the five years to 2020, declining slightly, which is expected to stabilize profit margins for this industry... 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 West accounts for 39.1% of establishments, with California accounting for 36.7% of apparel wholesalers in the United States. The West has become an important geographic segment, representing the second largest region in terms of sales... purchase to read more