Turning the page: Revenue will decline as industry clients increasingly turn to digital products

The Office Stationery Wholesaling industry in the United States has declined. Operators in this industry distribute stationery, office supplies and gift wrap. Demand for office stationery has declined during the five-year period due to falling purchases of paper products among individuals, retailers and corporate clients. Industry operators experience price-based competition due to declining demand for office stationery products, which typically leads to shrinking profit margins as prices are driven down by competition. In response to increasingly difficult operating conditions, many companies have cut costs by closing distribution facilities and investing in computer automated inventory systems and other systems that reduce the reliance on warehouse labor...purchase to read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators experience price-based competition due to declining demand for office stationery products
  • Reduced fuel costs and cost-cutting measures have helped boost industry profit
  • The industry is expected to decline steadily over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Office Stationery Wholesaling industry in the United States has a low level of market share concentration. In 2018, the top four companies in the industry are expected to account for an estimated 18.0% 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 typically spread across many locations but attempt to remain close to their key markets to minimize distribution and transportation costs. Therefore, this makes it difficult for any one company to service a large portion of the market, although there are a handful of national players with distribution facilities in multiple states...purchase to read more.

    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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    What is the Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry operators distribute a range of paper stationery products and other office supplies to retailers, other wholesalers, foreign buyers and directly to customers. Industry products include stationery products, toner and toner cartridges, business forms, envelopes and writing instruments. 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
  • Distributing paper stationery products, including envelopes, computer paper, notebooks, folders and forms
  • Distributing office supplies, including pens, pencils, toner, cartridge, inked ribbons and staplers
  • Distributing other stationery, including photo albums, gift wrapping paper, greeting cards and postcards
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    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
  • Internal competition
  • Increasing profit
  • External competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Continued competition
  • Profit expected to decline
  • 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

  • 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
  • Office Stationery Manufacturing
  • Paper Product Manufacturing

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

  • Demand Determinants
  • Economic ties
  • Demand from education
  • A declining industry

  • Major Markets
  • Other wholesalers
  • Office supply retailers
  • Businesses and corporations
  • Other industries
  • Government entities
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Labor and capital
  • Other 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
    Staples Inc., Veritiv Corp.,
  • Table: Staples Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Veritiv Corp. - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Number of Businesses (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Carbon Paper
  • Paper coated on one side with a layer of a loosely bound dry ink or pigmented coating, usually bound with wax.
  • Cash-And-Carry
  • Products sold for cash on the spot without an invoice and typically without any sort of delivery service.
  • 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.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • Small electronic devices that serve the same purpose as a bar code and provides a way to identify products.
  • Stationery
  • Office and consumer paper products like computer paper, notebooks, writing pads and business stationery.
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