Hammer time: Continued competition from home improvement stores and online retailers will stagnate profitability

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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • External competition has slightly dampened both industry revenue and profit growth
  • Hardware stores have shifted business models to deal with heightened external competition
  • Hardware stores will continue to be pressured by online retailers and larger home improvement stores
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Hardware Stores industry has steadily built up over the five years to 2017. As the housing market has strengthened and consumer confidence has revived, individuals have started home improvement projects that had been put on hold during the recession. Low mortgage rates during the period have also encouraged individuals to purchase and renovate new and existing homes. This flurry of construction activity has boosted demand for industry products from both contractors and do-it-yourself consumers. Over the five years to 2022, industry revenue is projected to grow at a slower rate.

    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    Capital expenditure for this industry comes in the form of fixtures and fittings, such as display shelves and cash registers. Most stores have implemented or installed point of sales (POS) systems over the past decade which has increased the level of capital expenditure in the industry. Cash registers recorded sales prior to this technology. The introduction of POS systems has simplified labor tasks and minimized the number of employee mistakes. Retailers have also increased their capital expenditures to introduce, develop and maintain websites for online sales.

    Labor represents one of the largest costs for hardware stores. Duties undertaken by employees include customer service, purchase processing, warehousing and display construction and maintenance. Unl

    Additional Insights for the Hardware Stores Industry

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

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Experienced work force
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Private spending on home improvements in the Hardware Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Hardware Stores Industry?

    Companies in this industry primarily retail a broad range of new home renovation equipment and supplies. Hardware, plumbing, electrical and paint-related tools are the most commonly stocked goods.

    Industry Products
    Hardware, tools, plumbing and electrical supplies
    Lawn, garden and farm supplies
    Paint and sundries
    Lumber and other building materials
    Industry Activities
    Retailing hardware
    Retailing tools and equipment
    Retailing plumbing fixtures and fittings
    Retailing electrical supplies
    Retailing paint and supplies
    Retailing garden products and equipment

    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
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Private spending on home improvements
  • Homeownership rate
  • year conventional mortgage rate
  • Consumer Confidence Index

  • Current Performance
  • External threats
  • Improving product lines
  • Assisting franchises
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • External competition strengthens
  • Business strategies
  • Table: Hardware Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Hardware Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electrical Equipment Wholesaling
  • Hardware Manufacturing
  • Paint Wholesaling
  • Plumbing & Heating Supplies Wholesaling
  • Tool & Hardware Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Hardware, tools, plumbing and electrical supplies
  • Other
  • Lumber and other building materials
  • Lawn, garden and farm supplies
  • Paint and sundries
  • Chart: Hardware Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Do-it-yourself consumers
  • Businesses
  • Contractors
  • Do-it-for-me consumers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Hardware Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Hardware Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Hardware Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    True Value CompanyAce Hardware Corp.Do It Best Corp.
  • Table: True Value Company - financial performance
  • Table: Ace Hardware Corp. - financial performance
  • Table: Do It Best Corp. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Hardware Stores 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 Hardware Stores 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
    Jargon & Glossary
    Big-Box Store
  • A retail store that is differentiated by its sheer size and large range of products, including electronics, household goods and other consumer products.
  • Cooperative
  • A jointly owned, vertically integrated organization, also referred to as a co-op, that produces and distributes goods for the benefit of the owners.
  • Do-It-For-Me (Difm)
  • A category of customers who typically purchase materials themselves and hire third parties or professionals to complete the projects.
  • Do-It-Yourself (Diy)
  • A category of customers who complete tasks and projects on their own that would generally be outsourced to a business or service provider, for example, home renovations and wedding planning.
  • Electronic Data Interchange (Edi)
  • The transmission of electronic documents between businesses from one computer system to another.
  • Mom-And-Pop Store
  • A business that is owned and operated in a single location with few or no employees other than the owner or owners.
  • Point Of Sale (Pos)
  • A system used at checkout in retail stores using computers and cash registers to capture transaction data at the time and place of sale.
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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
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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