Overview

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

The Sporting Goods Wholesaling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

REPORT SNAPSHOT

Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$36bn
Annual Growth
12-17
-2.2%
Annual Growth
17-22
Profit
Employment
81,334
Business
20,777

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

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    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...

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    Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    Over the 10 years to 2022, industry value added, which measures an industry's contribution to the overall economy, is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 0.9% for the Sporting Goods Wholesaling industry. Comparatively, GDP is anticipated to rise at an annualized rate of 2.0% over the same period. The Sporting Goods Wholesaling industry is expected to grow at a slower rate than the overall economy, so it can be classified as in the decline phase of its industry life cycle. To bolster revenue, many sporting goods wholesalers have invested in online ordering and other tracking technologies to lower operational costs and streamline their distribution networks. How..

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    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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    Industry Products

    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

    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
  • 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

  • Products & Markets
    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
    Competitive Landscape
    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
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    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
    Jargon & Glossary
    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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    • 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
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