Leg up: Rising shoe prices and higher consumer spending are expected to benefit the industry

The Footwear Wholesaling industry has benefited from improving economic conditions in the United States. Rising disposable income and consumer expenditure levels, along with rising shoe prices, have stimulated industry revenue growth over the five years to 2018. The industry is expected to post consistent gains during the five-year period as falling unemployment and increasing per capita disposable income have increased consumers' propensity to spend on footwear. IBISWorld expects that this industry will continue to grow over the five years to 2023. Continued economic improvements, such as rising per capita disposable income levels, are anticipated to continue to stimulate consumer demand for footwear...purchase to read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • In response to rising demand for footwear, shoe prices have risen, despite increased penetration of low-priced imports
  • Stable industry profitability has increased the industry’s appeal to potential entrants
  • The Berry Amendment may adversely affect the industry as it may promote wholesale bypass
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    Industry concentration measures the extent to which major players dominate an industry. The Footwear Wholesaling industry has a low level of concentration, as it is highly fragmented with a mix of small and large participants. Although market share concentration has increased over the past five years, the top four players are expected to account for less than 30.0% of industry revenue in 2018. Concentration growth is expected to continue moving forward as the highly competitive nature of this industry will continue to place pressure on participants to close operations or merge to maintain profitability. Even wholesaling customers like large, well-established department stores are subject to mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy, putting further pressures on wholesalers to consolidate. Non...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Footwear Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Establishment of brand names
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from shoe stores and commerce sales in the Footwear Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Footwear Wholesaling Industry?

    Operators in this industry wholesale footwear (including athletic shoes) made of leather, rubber and other materials. Businesses in this industry purchase shoes from manufacturers, and resell them to retailers with minimal or no further development or processing. Most wholesalers in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities, such as establishing relationships with manufacturers and retailers.

    Industry Products
  • Athletic footwear
  • Infants' footwear
  • Women's and girls' footwear (excluding athletic footwear)
  • Men's and boys' footwear (excluding athletic footwear)
  • Footwear and shoe accessories
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling athletic shoes
  • Wholesaling boots (e.g. hiking and Western)
  • Wholesaling leather stock and pieces
  • Wholesaling formal shoes
  • Wholesaling casual shoes
  • Wholesaling slippers
  • 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 shoe stores
  • commerce sales
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Price of shoes
  • Import penetration into the manufacturing sector

  • Current Performance
  • Downstream markets
  • Industry products
  • Industry profitability and participation
  • Industry consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Potential effects of the Berry Amendment
  • Potential effects of increased trade protectionism
  • Sustained revenue growth expected
  • Table: Footwear Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Department Stores

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

  • Products & Services
  • Women's and girls' footwear (excluding athletic footwear)
  • Men's and boys' footwear (excluding athletic footwear)
  • Athletic footwear
  • Infants' footwear
  • Footwear and shoe accessories
  • Chart: Footwear Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Wholesalers and distributors for resale
  • Specialty footwear retailers
  • Discount stores
  • Athletic and sporting goods stores
  • Department stores
  • Direct sales
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Footwear Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Footwear Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Nike Inc.,
  • Table: Nike Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Footwear 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 Footwear Wholesaling 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
    Fast Fashion
  • A term that refers to moderately priced clothing collections that are based on the latest runway trends.
  • Lead Time
  • The time that passes from the moment a supplier receives an order to the moment the order is received by the purchaser.
  • Offshoring
  • The relocation of a company's business process, such as manufacturing or accounting, from one country to another, whether the work is outsourced or stays within the company.
  • 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.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores, eliminating the middleman.
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