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IBISWorld’s Industry Market Report on Business Service Centers is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Ensure due diligence in your research with our strategic analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments; economic, lifestyle and demographic influences; distribution and supply chain factors; and pricing issues.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The rising prevalence of online services will continue to slow revenue and profit growth
  • Increases in corporate profit and the number of small- and medium-size businesses have increased demand
  • The growing percentage of business services conducted online is expected to inhibit industry growth

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Business Service Centers industry has struggled over the past five years as client businesses and households have increasingly engaged in digital communication, lowering demand for a breadth of document and mailing services. Increasing external competition has also hindered industry growth. However, generally brightening economic conditions have helped reverse major declines the industry experienced in recent years. Over the five years to 2022, business service centers will adapt to newer technologies and offer more services online to combat these trends...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Business Service Centers industry has few barriers to entry. This is not expected to change during the next five years. The industry tends to be fragmented, with small players that largely service local and regional markets. Many operators enter the industry on a franchised basis, with associated business support to operators.

    There is no requirement for any large, up-front investment in capital equipment, and many operators take the additional step of leasing equipment to further minimize capital costs. This also allows operators to update equipment periodically or have it serviced on a contract basis. The price of copying and related technology has been progressively falling, particularly in relation to high quality color copiers. Whi..

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    Additional Insights for the Business Service Centers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Business Service Centers Industry are

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Accessibility to consumers/users
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Percentage of services conducted online and Business sentiment index in the Business Service Centers industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Business Service Centers Industry?

    The industry provides mailbox rental and other postal and mailing services (except direct-mail advertising). Establishments that provide these mailing services along with one or more other office support services, such as facsimile services, word-processing services, on-site PC rental services and office product sales, are included in the industry. Establishments generally known as copy centers or copy shops are also included in this industry.

    Industry Products
    Copying and reproduction services
    Postal and shipping services and mailbox rentals
    Printing Services
    Packaging and labeling services
    Industry Activities
    Private mailbox rental centers
    Private mailbox rental services combined with one or more other office support services
    Private parcel mailing services combined with one or more other office support services
    Private parcel mailing services
    Blueprinting services
    Business services centers (except private mail centers) providing a range of office support services
    Copy centers (except those combined with printing services)
    Document copying services (except those combined with printing services)
    Photocopying services (except those combined with printing services)
    Reprographic services

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Business sentiment index
  • Corporate profit
  • Number of businesses

  • Current Performance
  • E-commerce competition
  • Other external pressure
  • Client businesses are strengthening
  • Shifting product mix
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • The looming cloud
  • Steady decline
  • Table: Business Service Centers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Business Service Centers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Commercial Banking
  • Hospitals

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling
  • Copier & Office Equipment Wholesaling
  • Office Stationery Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Copying and reproduction services
  • Postal and shipping services and mailbox rentals
  • Printing Services
  • Other
  • Packaging and labeling services
  • Chart: Business Service Centers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Small businesses
  • Individuals and households
  • Financial institutions
  • Government
  • Healthcare service sectors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Business Service Centers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent, utilities and depreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Business Service Centers

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Business Service Centers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    United Parcel Service Inc.Staples Inc. FedEx Corporation
  • Table: United Parcel Service Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Staples Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: FedEx Corporation - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Business Service Centers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Business Service Centers Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of businesses (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Copy Center
  • Copy business providing fast service copies using high speed, high tech photocopiers
  • Facsimile
  • More commonly known as Fax. It is an exact copy of documents that is sent by radio or telephone to reproduce exact copies at receiver.
  • Nonemployer
  • A business with no paid employees. Typically self-employed individuals with annual business revenue of at least $1,000 and subject to federal income taxes.
  • Private Mailbox
  • In this industry, an address and location that receives mail on behalf of a business.
  • Quick Print
  • Copying using high speed, high tech photocopiers
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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