Wilting point: Import infiltration and downstream consolidation will stifle industry revenue

Long-term trends such as price competition, wholesale bypass and pressure from imports stifled growth for the Flower and Nursery Stock Wholesaling industry over the five years to 2017. While rising per capita disposable income somewhat alleviated demand pressure, the industry faced too many hurdles over the five-year period to achieve revenue gains. As a result of both internal and external pressures, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to decline at an annualized rate of 2.3% over the five years to 2017, totaling $9.9 billion. The industry will continue to struggle in light of wholesale bypass, price competition and pressure from low-cost imports over the period, which will cause revenue to contract...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$10bn
Annual Growth 12-17
-2.3%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
50,505
Businesses
10,358
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Growing import penetration and downstream competition will impede industry revenue growth
  • Seasonal occasions such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day continue to boost sales
  • Internal and external pressures will continue to stifle revenue gains
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The capital investment level in this industry is categorized as low, due to the high level of warehouse and transportation outsourcing. For every dollar spent on wages, the typical industry participant dedicates $0.04 to capital expenses. Capital costs are low, reflecting only refrigeration units, warehouse equipment and trucks owned by industry players. As most of these expenses are outsourced, they are accounted for as purchases or rent expenditures. Some of these outsourced activities also include drop-shipping of products, where wholesalers contract growers to deliver flowers and nursery stock directly to the retail buyers.In contrast, the industry employs a relatively large amount of labor, both for physical jobs and for administrative duties. Wag...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Flower & Nursery Stock Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Flower & Nursery Stock Wholesaling Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Proximity to key suppliers
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from florists and Demand from nursery and garden stores in the Flower & Nursery Stock Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Flower & Nursery Stock Wholesaling Industry?

    Operators in this industry sell flowers, nursery stock and florists’ supplies to retail outlets. Distributors purchase flowers and nursery stock from farmers and buy florists’ supplies from various manufacturers. This industry does not grow flowers or plants, nor does it distribute Christmas trees, plant seeds or bulbs.

    Industry Products
  • Bedding/Garden Potted Plants
  • Potted flowering plants
  • Herbaceous perennials
  • Flats
  • Supplies/Propagative Material
  • Cut flowers
  • Hanging baskets
  • Cut Greens
  • Industry Activities
  • Distributing flowers to stores
  • Distributing nursery stock (i.e. plants and shrubs for potting)
  • Distributing florist supplies, such as baskets, shears, floral wire, bamboo stakes, wreaths and wrapping
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from florists
  • Demand from nursery and garden stores
  • External competition for the Flower & Nursery Stock Wholesaling industry
  • Per capita disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Price competition lowers revenue
  • Wholesale bypassing
  • Recovering profit
  • Operational changes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Long-term challenges
  • Changing landscapes
  • Table: Flower & Nursery Stock Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Flower & Nursery Stock Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Nursery & Garden Stores
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores
  • Gas Stations with Convenience Stores
  • Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters
  • Florists
  • Funeral Homes
  • Personal Trainers & Wedding Planners

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Miscellaneous Product Manufacturing
  • Plant & Flower Growing
  • Plastic Products Miscellaneous Manufacturing
  • Wood Product Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Bedding/Garden Potted Plants
  • Potted flowering plants
  • Herbaceous perennials
  • Flats
  • Supplies/Propagative Material
  • Cut flowers
  • Hanging baskets
  • Cut Greens
  • Chart: Flower & Nursery Stock Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Home improvement stores
  • Landscapers
  • Other
  • Garden and nursery centers
  • Florists
  • Supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Event planners
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Flower & Nursery Stock Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Warehousing, depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Flower & Nursery Stock Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Flower & Nursery Stock 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 Flower & Nursery Stock 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 Flower & Nursery Stock Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • 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
    Drop-Shipping
  • Refers to the practice of wholesalers outsourcing shipping and transportation by contracting the producers and growers to deliver flowers and nursery stock to the industry's buyers.
  • Ethylene
  • A gas produced by plants that stimulates fruit ripening and flower blossoming (signs of plant maturity). Keeping the gas low allows wholesalers to preserve plants for a longer period of time.
  • Floral Wire Service
  • A company established primarily to facilitate order exchange and fulfillment between local florists and third-party sales agents of floral products.
  • Mass Merchandiser
  • A large retail store that offers a wide range of products and services.
  • Propagative Material
  • Refers to the creation of new plants through natural or artificial means. The most popular are seeds and bulbs. This also includes materials such as heat and other aids used in the process.
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