Fair game: Wholesale bypass will hurt the industry, but high demand will stave off major declines

The Sporting Goods Wholesaling industry has coped with challenging conditions over the past five years, even as operators have benefited from more health-conscious individuals deeming sporting goods a necessary component of their fitness regimens. The inundation of low-cost sporting goods from online retailers has cut into demand for wholesale products. Despite substantial challenges, the industry has remained viable as a result of a more health-conscious public. High consumer participation rates in fitness have stimulated demand for fitness equipment. Furthermore, the popularity of gymnastics, ice hockey and field hockey has led to increased demand for industry products...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$36bn
Annual Growth 12-17
-2.2%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
81,334
Businesses
20,182
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Wholesale bypass will continue to pose a threat to industry viability
  • Wholesalers used their online order systems to cut costs and compete with online retailers
  • Wholesalers will invest in their online presence and distribution-related communications
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    Sporting Goods Wholesalers have a low level of capital intensity. In 2017, for every dollar spent on labor, the industry spends $0.06 on capital. Typically, industry operators invest in capital such as warehousing facilities, machinery and equipment to lift or load merchandise, transportation for the delivery of merchandise, along with computer systems for the management of inventory. The use of computer technology in inventory management reduces the costs involved in locating stock and storing additional, unnecessary stock. Also, it aims to reduce the amount of time that stock remains in the wholesaler's possession. Stagnant stock incurs significant carrying costs for the wholesaler. Whi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sporting Goods Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sporting Goods Wholesaling Industry are

  • Must have license
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Demand from sporting goods stores in the Sporting Goods Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sporting Goods Wholesaling Industry?

    Operators in this industry wholesale a range of sporting and recreational goods and accessories, such as billiards equipment, sporting firearms and ammunition, marine craft and equipment and pool supplies. This industry does not include the wholesale of athletic apparel and footwear, automobiles, other motor vehicles or transportation equipment.

    Industry Products
  • Hunting equipment and firearms
  • Bicycles
  • General exercise equipment
  • Team sports equipment
  • Swimming pools and pool supplies
  • Camping and fishing equipment
  • Marine pleasure craft
  • Other sporting goods
  • Industry Activities
  • Baseball, bowling, football, golf, hockey and tennis equipment wholesaling
  • Bicycle (except motorized) and go-cart wholesaling
  • Camping and fishing equipment wholesaling
  • Fitness equipment wholesaling
  • Guns, firearms, ammunition and hunting equipment wholesaling
  • Athletic uniform wholesaling
  • Boat, boating and marine equipment wholesaling
  • Skiing equipment wholesaling
  • Swimming pools, hot tubs and supplies wholesaling
  • Playground equipment and supplies wholesaling
  • 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
  • Demand from sporting goods stores
  • External competition for the Sporting Goods Wholesaling industry
  • Demand from gym, health and fitness clubs
  • Participation in sports

  • Current Performance
  • Sports participation rates
  • Growing competition
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Sporting Goods Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sporting Goods Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters
  • Golf Courses & Country Clubs
  • Gym, Health & Fitness Clubs

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Athletic & Sporting Goods Manufacturing
  • Gym & Exercise Equipment Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Hunting equipment and firearms
  • Bicycles
  • Team sports equipment
  • General exercise equipment
  • Swimming pools and pool supplies
  • Other sporting goods
  • Camping and fishing equipment
  • Marine pleasure craft
  • Chart: Sporting Goods Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Sports participation rates
  • Seasonal factors

  • Major Markets
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Wholesalers for resale
  • Pro shops, gun shows and other outlets
  • Online retailers
  • Discount stores
  • Specialty sport shops
  • Department stores
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sporting Goods Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent, utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sporting Goods Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sporting Goods Wholesaling 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 Sporting Goods Wholesaling 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 Sporting Goods Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Participation in sport (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Electronic Data Interchange (Edi)
  • The transmission of electronic documents between businesses from one computer system to another.
  • Sports Participation Rate
  • The number of people in the population that plays at least one sport.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores, eliminating the middleman.
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