Shop smart: Increasing premium brand sales and healthy eating trends will spur growth

The Supermarkets and Grocery Stores industry has grown over the past five years, benefiting from a strengthening economy. As per capita disposable income increased during the period, many consumers shifted to premium, organic and all-natural brands, helping lift industry revenue. Despite revenue growth during the period, industry operators faced intensifying competition from alternative retailers. Consumers turned toward warehouse clubs and supercenters because of the cost savings and convenience of these retailers. Mass merchandisers are able to offer lower prices due to their scale of operations. Consumers also shifted toward limited assortment and fresh format stores that provide a simpler layout and primarily sell less costly store brand products...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$612bn
Annual Growth 12-17
1.0%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
2.6m
Businesses
64,300
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Competition from mass merchandisers is expected to intensify over the next five years
  • The growing popularity of organic food has helped lift industry performance
  • Over the next five years, the industry will benefit from a strengthening US economy
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry in the Supermarkets and Grocery Stores industry are moderate. However, the level of initial capital investment is high. In the past, the major operational cost for industry participants was wages. In addition, the introduction and installation of point of sale (POS) systems over the past decade has raised the level of capital expenditure for supermarkets. POS systems are not the only consideration for a prospect; new entrants must consider a whole range of expenses, including leasing a building. Start-up costs can be financed through a combination of owner investment, short-term loans and long-term borrowing. If new entrants are unable to secure financing for these initial investments, they will not be able to enter the industry...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Supermarkets & Grocery Stores Industry

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

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Access to multiskilled and flexible workforce
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Agricultural price index in the Supermarkets & Grocery Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Supermarkets & Grocery Stores Industry?

    The Supermarkets and Grocery Stores industry makes up the largest food retail channel in the United States. Establishments in this industry retail general lines of food products, including fresh and prepared meats, poultry and seafood, canned and frozen foods, fresh fruits and vegetables and various dairy products. Delicatessens primarily retailing food are also included.

    Industry Products
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Fresh and frozen meat
  • Dairy products
  • Beverages (including alcohol)
  • Frozen foods
  • Other food items
  • Other non-food items
  • Drugs and health products
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing a general line of food
  • Retailing health and beauty products
  • 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
  • Agricultural price index
  • Urban population
  • Healthy eating index

  • Current Performance
  • Growth from nontraditional store formats
  • Competitive environment
  • Profit and participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry trends
  • Online competition
  • Profit and participation
  • Table: Supermarkets & Grocery Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Supermarkets & Grocery Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beef & Pork Wholesaling
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Dairy Wholesaling
  • Egg & Poultry Wholesaling
  • Fish & Seafood Wholesaling
  • Frozen Food Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Grocery Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Other food items
  • Beverages (including alcohol)
  • Dairy products
  • Other non-food items
  • Fresh and frozen meat
  • Frozen foods
  • Drugs and health products
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Chart: Supermarkets & Grocery Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households earning over $70,000
  • Households earning $30,000 to $69,999
  • Households earning less than $29,999
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Supermarkets & Grocery Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Supermarkets & Grocery Stores

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Supermarkets & Grocery Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    The Kroger Co.Albertsons Companies LLC Publix Super Markets Inc.
  • Table: The Kroger Co. - financial performance
  • Table: Albertsons Companies LLC - financial performance
  • Table: Publix Super Markets Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Supermarkets & Grocery Stores 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 Supermarkets & Grocery Stores 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
    Fresh Format Stores
  • Stores that differ from traditional supermarkets by offering an extensive array of premium organic, ethnic and specialty items.
  • Limited Assortment Stores
  • Stores that are more compact than traditional supermarkets, and low sell a limited variety of low-priced private label items.
  • Point Of Sale System
  • A hardware or software system that traces where a transaction occurs at a retail establishment or store.
  • Premium Brands
  • Brands that are produced by regional, national or international companies. They are typically priced higher than private label brands and are often considered to be of higher quality.
  • Private Label Brands
  • Brands that are offered by retailers and compete with regional, national and international brands.
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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Supermarkets & Grocery Stores market research report includes:
    • 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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