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Footwear Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Footwear Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42434 | Apr 2014

Booted out: Cheap imports and increasing price competition will flatten growth

IBISWorld’s Footwear 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
$31bn
Annual Growth 09-14
1.6%
Annual Growth 14-19
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Employment
27,410
Businesses
4,059
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Despite the economic recovery, the industry is not forecast to show signs of consistent improvement for the five years to 2019. This is due to retailers' increasing price-setting powers pushing footwear wholesalers out of the industry. Furthermore, an increase in cheap imports will cut into domestic sales and wholesalers will be forced to slash prices and wages just to stay competitive, causing profit to suffer... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

License agreements provide wholesalers with exclusive distribution of certain brands. Some wholesalers utilize trademarks on nearly all of their products. Penalties are imposed on the infringement of patents.

New entrants are faced with the long-term nature of supplier and customer relations. During the past five years, major department stores and specialty retailers have been increasingly sourcing products from suppliers who are well-capitalized or have established reputations for delivering quality merchandise in a timely manner. Wholesalers can also face high start-up costs to acquire stock and transportation. Acquiring stock can be expensive if supply contracts with low-cost third-party manufacturers are not in place... purchase to read more

 


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What is the Footwear Wholesaling Industry?

Operators in this industry wholesale footwear (including athletic shoes) made of leather, rubber and other materials. Businesses in this industry purchase shoes from manufacturers, and resell them to retailers with minimal or no further development or processing. Most wholesalers in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities, such as establishing relationships with manufacturers and retailers.

Industry Products
Athletic footwearInfants' footwearWomen's and girls' footwear (excluding athletic footwear)Men's and boys' footwear (excluding athletic footwear)Footwear and shoe accessories
 
Industry Activities
Wholesaling athletic shoesWholesaling boots (e.g. hiking and Western)Wholesaling leather stock and piecesWholesaling formal shoesWholesaling casual shoesWholesaling slippers


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