Wearing thin: While demand for clothing will revive, imports could restrain growth

Operating conditions in the Women's and Children's Apparel Wholesaling industry have gradually improved over the past five years. Improving economic conditions, including rising consumer confidence and increasing disposable income levels, have provided the necessary tailwinds for revenue growth. Improvement in macroeconomic indicators, such as disposable income, consumer confidence and the value of the dollar, have increased downstream demand for women's and children's apparel. Furthermore, an increase in the number of births over the period is also expected to benefit industry operators over the next five years by increasing the size of one of this industry's main market segments...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$74bn
Annual Growth 12-17
0.9%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
102,700
Businesses
21,688
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Improvement in macroeconomic indicators have increased downstream demand
  • Vertical integration and wholesale bypass present major challenges for operators
  • Forecast depreciation of the dollar is anticipated to place downward pressure on margins
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    It is relatively inexpensive to set up a wholesale operation. License agreements provide wholesalers with exclusive distribution of certain brands. Penalties are imposed on the infringement of patents.New entrants must contend with significant startup costs to acquire stock for distribution. Expenditure on apparel can be costly if supply contracts with low-cost third-party manufacturers are not in place. Capital costs, conversely, are generally limited to the purchase of vehicles. These vehicles can be leased, which can assist with cash flows. Warehouses can be rented, so they do not pose a great cost for many potential wholesalers...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer Confidence Index and Per capita disposable income in the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry operators purchase and resell women’s, children’s, infants’ and unisex clothing and accessories. Operators purchase apparel from manufacturers and sell these products to retailers, with minimum or no further development of the product. Most wholesalers in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities, such as establishing relationships with manufacturers and retailers, marketing and advertising, and storage and transportation of stock.

    Industry Products
  • Dresses, blouses and sweaters, including unisex clothing
  • Suits and coats
  • Outerwear including skirts, slacks and jeans
  • Underwear and sleepwear
  • Children's and infants' apparel
  • Other apparel including clothing accessories
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling baby clothing
  • Wholesaling outerwear, including pants, suits and coats
  • Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' clothing accessories
  • Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' clothing
  • Wholesaling dresses
  • Wholesaling blouses and shirts
  • Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' gloves
  • Wholesaling handbags
  • Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' hats and caps
  • Wholesaling underwear and sleepwear
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Import penetration into the manufacturing sector
  • Demand from women's clothing stores
  • Demand from department stores

  • Current Performance
  • Improved economic conditions drive demand growth
  • Ongoing challenges result in structural changes
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Rising participation
  • Restructuring
  • Threats and opportunities
  • Table: Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Women's Clothing Stores
  • Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores
  • Family Clothing Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cut and Sew Manufacturers
  • Leather Good & Luggage Manufacturing
  • Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Dresses, blouses and sweaters, including unisex clothing
  • Outerwear including skirts, slacks and jeans
  • Other apparel including clothing accessories
  • Underwear and sleepwear
  • Children's and infants' apparel
  • Suits and coats
  • Chart: Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Mass merchants
  • Wholesalers for resale
  • Department stores
  • Specialty clothing stores
  • Warehouse clubs
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Women's & Children's Apparel 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 Women's & Children's Apparel 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 Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Consumer spending (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Offshoring
  • The transfer of manufacturing operations to another country, regardless of whether the work is outsourced or stays within the corporation or company.
  • Outsource
  • To procure goods or services under contract with an outside supplier.
  • 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.
  • Vertical Integration
  • Owning different parts of the supply chain, either in the form of forward integration (owning upstream suppliers) or backward integration (owning downstream buyers).
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