Old news: The industry will continue to be battered by an ongoing consumer shift to digital media

The Book, Magazine and Newspaper Wholesaling industry has been in a state of decline over the five years to 2017. As more Americans, enabled by the rapid proliferation of internet-connected mobile devices, have consumed media online, demand for printed material has fallen drastically. Amid this challenging operating environment, publishers and retailers have consolidated and increasingly bypassed wholesalers to preserve profit margins, including by marketing their products directly to consumers. As a result, wholesalers in this industry have experienced both declining demand for the printed media they distribute and reduced relevance in publishers' supply chains. Despite anticipated economic growth, the industry is expected to continue declining over the five years to 2022...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$16bn
Annual Growth 12-17
-8.8%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
42,817
Businesses
1,686
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Publishers and retailers have consolidated and increasingly bypassed wholesalers to preserve profit margins
  • Consolidation has contributed to the decline in industry participation
  • Fewer contracts and lower prices are anticipated to erode industry profit margins
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Book, Magazine and Newspaper Wholesaling industry exhibits a low level of market share concentration, with no company expected to account for more than 5.0% of revenue. However, concentration is on the rise as larger participants have generally outperformed the overall industry and have therefore increased their market shares. The industry has also consolidated, as cash-rich companies have acquired specialized wholesalers to diversify their product distribution. In addition, large retailers with significant bargaining power have put pressure on the margins of smaller wholesalers, leading many to exit the industry...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Having an extensive distribution and collection network
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as External competition for the Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling industry and Consumer spending in the Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling Industry?

    Companies in this industry primarily distribute and wholesale books, magazines, newspapers and periodicals. Map, pamphlet and antique book distributors and wholesalers are also included in this industry, while online and other paper product distributors or wholesalers are excluded.

    Industry Products
  • Books
  • Periodicals and newspapers
  • Other printed materials
  • Industry Activities
  • Antique book wholesaling
  • Book wholesaling
  • Magazine wholesaling
  • Map (except globe, school, wall) wholesaling
  • Newspaper wholesaling (agencies and merchants)
  • Pamphlet wholesaling
  • Periodical wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • External competition for the Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling industry
  • Consumer spending
  • Demand from book stores
  • Number of mobile internet connections

  • Current Performance
  • Declining demand
  • Consolidation
  • Wholesale bypass
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit pressures
  • Digital competition
  • Consolidation
  • Table: Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores
  • Book Stores
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Magazine & Periodical Publishing
  • Newspaper Publishing

  • Products & Services
  • Books
  • Periodicals and newspapers
  • Other printed materials
  • Other
  • Chart: Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Book stores
  • General merchandisers
  • Supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Public-sector customers
  • Other
  • Pharmacies and newsstands
  • Gas stations and convenience stores
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling 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 Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Book, Magazine & Newspaper 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 Book, Magazine & Newspaper 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 Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Demand from book stores (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Book Distributors
  • Distributors that are heavily involved in marketing and selling books to wholesalers, retailers and the general public.
  • Book Wholesalers
  • Wholesalers that provide comprehensive book listings primarily to retailers and libraries and take shipping orders.
  • E-Book
  • A text- and image-based publication in digital form that is produced on, published by and readable on computers or other digital devices.
  • E-Reader
  • An electronic device that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital books and periodicals and uses e-ink technology to display content to readers.
  • Electronic Data Interchange (Edi)
  • The structured transmission of electronic documents or business data from one computer system to another computer system.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores, eliminating the middleman.
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