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

The Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters industry is made up of stores that retail discount groceries, along with other basic goods like appliances, and achieve cost savings by leveraging economies of scale, offering products in bulk or charging membership fees. Due to the low-cost, high-value products offered by warehouse clubs and supercenters, the industry typically performs well regardless of the macroeconomic climate; however, when businesses and consumers have deeper pockets, they are likely to spend more at industry establishments. As a result of rising corporate profit and per capita disposable income, industry revenue is expected to increase over the five years to 2018...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Despite overall industry growth, steep declines in the world price of crude oil have kept revenue gains slow
  • Operators saved on transportation costs throughout the supply chain
  • Operators will continue to benefit from anticipated improvements in the general economy
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters industry has a low level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on wages, the industry spends $0.08 on capital expenditures, though this ratio varies among operators. IBISWorld analysis suggests that the warehouse club segment of this industry is more capital intensive than the supercenter segment. This is primarily because warehouse clubs keep merchandise stored on racks above the sales floor and displayed on pallets containing large quantities of each item. Industry operators invest a considerable amount into shelving and also purchase or rent machinery, such as forklifts, to move and transport the pallets of merchandise about the warehouse. Supercenters, conversely, display merchandise much like supermarkets and department stores. Sto...purchase to read more.

    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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    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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    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

  • 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
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • 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
    Walmart Inc., Costco Wholesale Corp.,
  • Table: Walmart Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Costco Wholesale Corp. - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Per capita disposable income (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    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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