Machine wash only: Shifts in consumer preferences and rising competition cause revenue to stagnate

Declining demand for professional dry cleaning services, unfavorable shifts in consumer preferences and increasing competition from coin-operated laundromats and household washing machines have led to this industry's decline in the past decade. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to decrease over the five years to 2017. IBISWorld expects industry revenue to continue declining over the five years to 2022, albeit at a faster rate. Despite positive outlooks on economic factors, unfavorable shifts in consumer preferences will continue to diminish demand for dry cleaning and full-service laundry...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$9bn
Annual Growth 12-17
-0.1%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
147,936
Businesses
36,730
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Unfavorable shifts in consumer preferences and increasing competition have led to this industry’s decline
  • Confronted with falling sales and rising operating costs, industry companies have cut labor costs
  • The adoption of eco-friendly solvents will slightly reduce the regulatory burden on the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Dry Cleaners industry is in the decline stage of its industry life cycle. Industry value added (IVA), which measures the industry's contribution to the overall economy, is projected to rise at an annualized rate of 0.4% over the 10 years to 2022. In contrast, GDP is projected to rise an annualized 2.0% over the same period. Other indicators of the decline stage include falling employment, a large number of companies exiting the industry, constrained profit margins and intensifying competition from other industries. Lastly, the industry is characterized by significant internal restructuring and a sharp rise in merger and acquisition activity among the industry's leading franchisors. For...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Dry Cleaners Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Dry Cleaners Industry are

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and External competition for the Dry Cleaners industry in the Dry Cleaners industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Dry Cleaners Industry?

    Establishments in this industry provide dry cleaning and laundering services. Companies may also provide drop-off and pick-up sites for customers. In addition, establishments may also offer specialty cleaning services for garments and textiles such as fur, leather, suede, wedding gowns, draperies and pillows. This industry does not include coin-operated laundromats, nor does it include companies that generate most of their revenue from linen and uniform rentals.

    Industry Products
  • Commercial full-service laundry
  • Retail dry cleaning and laundry services
  • Commercial dry cleaning services
  • Industry Activities
  • Full-service dry cleaning
  • Full-service laundry
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • External competition for the Dry Cleaners industry
  • Number of businesses
  • Households earning more than $100,000
  • National unemployment rate

  • Current Performance
  • Dry clean only
  • Regulatory woes and product innovation
  • Industry restructuring
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • The commercial market
  • Industry landscape
  • Table: Dry Cleaners Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Dry Cleaners Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Retail Trade
  • Formal Wear & Costume Rental
  • Hospitals
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical Wholesaling
  • Industrial Machinery & Equipment Wholesaling
  • Soap & Cleaning Compound Manufacturing
  • Water Supply & Irrigation Systems

  • Products & Services
  • Retail dry cleaning and laundry services
  • Commercial full-service laundry
  • Commercial dry cleaning services
  • Other
  • Chart: Dry Cleaners Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Larger corporate clients
  • Small business clients
  • Nonprofits and other institutional clients
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Dry Cleaners Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases, rent and utilities
  • Depreciation
  • Marketing
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Dry Cleaners

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Dry Cleaners Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Dry Cleaners Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Dry Cleaners Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Per capita disposable income (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Dry Cleaning
  • Cleaning process that uses a chemical solvent rather than water.
  • Perc
  • Common solvent used in the dry cleaning process that has been subject to increased environmental regulations.
  • Wet Cleaning
  • Alternative to using perc as a solvent for dry cleaning. It is water-based and uses detergents.
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