Out to dry: Shifts in consumer preferences and rising competition will 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...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
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
  • The industry has been subject to a wide range of federal and state regulations
  • Dry cleaning operators will increasingly target commercial markets
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Dry Cleaners industry has medium barriers to entry. While there are more than 34,900 companies operating in the industry, less than 10 operators have a national presence, with the overwhelming majority of establishments competing on a local or regional basis. Therefore, the industry is characterized by a low level of market share concentration. Operators tend to compete on the basis of price, location and selection of services offered. Capital investments required to enter the industry are medium, while the regulatory environment is heavy and increasing. However, labor requirements are low and decreasing, and most establishments have less than five employees. Start-up costs for new entrants vary depending on location and the scale of operations. New...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
  • 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.
  • Pce
  • Common solvent used in the dry cleaning process that has been subject to increased environmental regulations.
  • Wet Cleaning
  • Alternative to using PCE as a solvent for dry cleaning. It is water-based and uses detergents.
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