Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Growth in the Grocery Wholesaling industry has been slow as intense competition and rising production costs drive food manufacturers and supermarkets to cut out the middleman. This strategy, known as wholesale bypass, has become more prevalent after high production costs and recession-induced slow demand forced both ends of the grocery-supply chain to cut costs. In the coming years, the industry's current low-performing condition is not expected to change much as the persisting wholesale bypass trend contributes to slow growth in industry revenue... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
The Grocery Wholesaling industry has a low level of capital intensity. Expenditure on capital for this industry comes in the form of computerized inventory systems, shelves and refrigerators and freezers to store food items. The industry's use of capital has been increasing through technological advancements, which have enabled computers to take over tasks traditionally performed by labor, such as ordering. There will always be a need for some labor components to be involved in checking that orders are correct.
Labor costs are incurred through the transportation of products to customers, taking orders and maintaining inventory levels. The predominant function of the overall wholesaling industry is to get the product to the market... purchase to read more