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 - 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 36.9% of establishments, with California accounting for 91.1% of wholesalers in this region. Many wholesalers are located in this region partly due to major player Nike Inc... purchase to read more