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Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Declining demand will encourage companies to diversify their product offerings
  • Slim profit margins have been particularly hard for small family businesses
  • The growing use of the internet will continue to dampen the industry’s potential growth

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Falling consumer income and demand from business hurt stationery wholesalers over the past five years, and limited revenue growth. Despite improving conditions in the five years to 2016, technological advances, such as e-mail, and environmental concerns will continue to challenge the industry...

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    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Office Stationery Wholesaling industry has a low level of market share concentration. In 2016, the top three companies in the industry are expected to account for 10.5% of the industry's revenue. The majority of industry operators have fewer than 20 employees and often operate within a single state or region of the United States. Wholesalers may be spread across many locations but close to their key markets to minimize transportation costs. This makes it harder for any one company to service a large portion of the whole market.

    However, market share concentration among the top three players has risen slightly over the past five years due to the industry's continued consolidation. Com..

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    Additional Insights for the Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Proximity to key suppliers
  • Provision of superior after sales service
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer spending and Demand from office supply stores in the Office Stationery Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry operastors distribute a range of paper stationery products and other office supplies to retailers, to other wholesalers, to foreign buyers and directly to customers. Industry products include envelopes, computer paper, notebooks, business forms, photo albums, folders, pens, pencils, toner cartridges, inked ribbons, cellophane tape and others. Sales of office equipment and furniture are excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
    Envelops and labels
    Stationery, tablets and office paper
    Business forms
    Toner and toner cartridges
    Inked ribbons, pens and pencils
    Other stationery and art products
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling paper stationery products, including envelopes, computer paper, notebooks, folders and forms
    Wholesaling office supplies, including pens, pencils, toner, cartridge, inked ribbons and staplers
    Wholesaling other stationery, including photo albums, gift wrapping paper, greeting cards and postcards

    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
  • Consumer spending
  • Demand from office supply stores
  • Corporate profit
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Number of K-12 students

  • Current Performance
  • Slowing the downward slide
  • Paper-thin profit
  • External competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit remains small
  • Industry consolidation
  • Table: Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters
  • Office Supply Stores
  • Gift Shops & Card Stores
  • Educational Services
  • Public Administration
  • Mail Order

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Art & Office Supply Manufacturing
  • Auto Leasing, Loans & Sales Financing
  • Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing
  • Forklift & Conveyor Manufacturing
  • Office Stationery Manufacturing
  • Storage & Warehouse Leasing
  • Wood Pallets & Skids Production

  • Products & Services
  • Stationery, tablets and office paper
  • Toner and toner cartridges
  • Business forms
  • Inked ribbons, pens and pencils
  • Envelops and labels
  • Other stationery and art products
  • Chart: Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Economic ties
  • Demand from education
  • Irregular trends
  • Will stationery become extinct?

  • Major Markets
  • Other Industries
  • Office Supply Retailers
  • Businesses and Corporations
  • Government Entities
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesLabor and capitalOther expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Office Stationery Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Veritiv Corp.
  • Table: Veritiv Corp. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Office Stationery 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 Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Number of K-12 students (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Carbon Paper
  • Paper coated on one side with a layer of a loosely bound dry ink or pigmented coating, usually bound with wax.
  • Die-Cut Paper
  • Paper that has been cut to size, including a range of sizes and shapes. The usual size is the A4 sheet of paper.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries, where producers supply goods directly to stores.
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