Fully stocked: Revenue will grow slightly amid rising disposable income and corporate profit

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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Despite overall industry growth, steep declines in the world price of crude oil have kept revenue gains slow over the period
  • As the world price of crude oil dropped, operators were forced to drop their gas prices
  • Revenue will be supported by increased crude oil prices
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Due to the low-cost, high-value products they offer, operators in the Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters industry typically perform well regardless of the macroeconomic climate; however, when businesses and consumers have deeper pockets, they are likely to spend more at industry establishments. Despite overall industry growth, steep declines in the world price of crude oil have kept revenue gains slow over the period. Many industry operators retail fuel at establishment-run gas stations; therefore, as the world price of crude oil declined over the five years to 2017, the industry was forced to lower gasoline prices, which stifled revenue growth. Over the next five years, industry revenue will rise in line with the growing economy and recovering oil prices.

    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The industry has a high level of concentration with the top four players expected to account for an estimated 95.6% of market share in 2017; therefore, prospective operators planning to enter this industry will encounter high barriers to entry in the form of competition from existing operators. The dominance of players fluctuates by region; therefore, the barriers for a potential industry entrant vary depending on where it plans to launch stores.

    Start-up costs

    Construction and development costs for a full-size (i.e. 112,000 square feet or lager) store range from $5.0 million to $8.0 million. Land acquisition costs for a club generally range from $3.0 million to $5.0 million, but can be significantly higher in some locations. The

    Additional Insights for the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry are

  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Having a wide and expanding product range
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Corporate profit and Per capita disposable income in the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry?

    This industry includes large stores that primarily retail a general line of grocery products and merchandise items (e.g. apparel and appliances). Warehouse clubs offer customers a wide selection of goods, often in bulk and at discounted prices, in exchange for a membership fee paid by each customer. Supercenters are large discount department stores that also sell perishable groceries. However, unlike warehouse clubs, supercenters do not have membership requirements for customers.

    Industry Products
    Food and beverages
    Fuel and other
    Home and appliances
    Apparel and accessories
    Health, beauty and wellness
    Industry Activities
    Retailing groceries
    Retailing furniture
    Retailing apparel
    Retailing appliances
    Retailing digital and print media
    Retailing personal care products
    Retailing automotive fuels (e.g. gasoline)

    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
  • Corporate profit
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Higher incomes, higher revenue
  • Oil prices boost profit, decrease revenue
  • Reputation and growth
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Macroeconomic drivers
  • Rising competition
  • Table: Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Day Care
  • Bed & Breakfast & Hostel Accommodations
  • Hair & Nail Salons
  • Civic, Social & Youth Organizations
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Footwear Wholesaling
  • Furniture Wholesaling
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Home Furnishing Wholesaling
  • Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling
  • Soft Drink, Baked Goods & Other Grocery Wholesaling
  • Sporting Goods Wholesaling
  • TV & Appliance Wholesaling
  • Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Food and beverages
  • Home and appliances
  • Health, beauty and wellness
  • Fuel and other
  • Apparel and accessories
  • Chart: Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Households with incomes less than $50,000
  • Households with incomes greater than $50,000
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Walmart Stores Inc.Costco Wholesale Corp.
  • Table: Walmart Stores Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Costco Wholesale Corp. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters 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 Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters 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
    Comparable Store Sales
  • A retail measure used to assess the true performance of retail outlets by taking out the effect of new store openings and only looking at sales growth of existing stores.
  • Homogeneous Goods
  • Items that are similar among retailers, with little or no differentiation.
  • Large-Format Store
  • A retail store that is differentiated by its sheer size and large range of products, including electronics, household goods and other consumer products.
  • Mass Merchandiser
  • A large retail store that offers a wide range of product categories.
  • 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.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A technology that tracks products from the time they leave the assembly line to the time they leave the store by releasing continuous signals from a chip.
  • Stock Keeping Units (Skus)
  • Codes used by retailers to identify the lowest level of product detail.
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