Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Footwear wholesalers dealt with a difficult operating environment during the recession. Retail spending in general, and footwear purchases specifically, plummeted during the recessionary period as consumers' purchasing power waned and unemployment soared. However, the Footwear Wholesaling industry has fully recovered from the recession. In the coming years, little change is expected in this industry unless certain changes take hold over the next five years... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Many wholesalers are located near footwear manufacturers, key suppliers to the industry, as well as shoe retailers. The industry establishment spread largely follows population patterns with the three most populous regions being home to the most wholesalers. 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 37.1% of establishments, with California accounting for 33.4% of industry establishments. Many wholesalers are located in this region partly because major player Nike Inc... purchase to read more