Study hard: Increased K-12 enrollment and lower unemployment will temper the industry's decline

The School Supplies Wholesaling industry has struggled over the past five years with low demand and declining supply-chain relevance. A broader trend toward ecommerce has led more consumers to bypass retailers and the wholesalers that supply them, while big-box department and discount stores have used their purchasing power to internalize distribution functions and eliminate industry wholesalers from the supply chain. However, growth in primary and secondary school enrollment and funding is expected to temper the industry's sales decline over the next five years. The K-12 student population is expected to grow through 2022. This trend, combined with lower unemployment and replenished state budgets, is expected to propel strong growth in government funding for education...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • A trend toward ecommerce has led consumers to bypass retailers and the wholesalers that supply them
  • Technology initiatives have been increasingly undertaken by school districts
  • Increased computer usage will bolster schools' efforts to use more technology in the classroom
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The School Supplies Wholesaling industry has struggled over the past five years due to both a precipitous drop in demand for its core products and wholesalers’ declining relevance in bringing these products to end markets. In fact, industry sales have been declining for nearly a decade and have shown no signs of a turnaround. This industry specializes in the distribution of a wide range of school supplies to retailers, schools and colleges. However, in recent years, these customers have increasingly established relationships directly with manufacturers, reducing the role of middlemen in the supply chain. Mea...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the School Supplies Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Proximity to key markets and suppliers
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Government funding for primary and secondary education and Consumer spending in the School Supplies Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the School Supplies Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry is composed of companies that primarily perform merchant wholesale distribution of school equipment and supplies. Operators that distribute books and furniture are excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Curriculum products
  • Office tools
  • Writing implements, stamps and stencils
  • Stationery and loose-leaf paper
  • Notebooks, binders and organizers
  • Industry Activities
  • Distributing arts and crafts
  • Distributing binders and folders
  • Distributing calculators
  • Distributing staplers, scissors and rulers
  • Distributing paper and notebooks
  • Distributing pens, pencils and markers
  • Distributing glue, tape and self-stick notes
  • Distributing teaching aids and equipment
  • Distributing classroom decoratives and equipment
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Government funding for primary and secondary education
  • Consumer spending
  • Number of K-12 students
  • Government funding for universities
  • Percentage of households with at least one computer

  • Current Performance
  • Wholesale bypass
  • Reduced demand
  • Constrained profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Sustained challenges
  • Bigger budgets
  • Tight margins
  • Table: School Supplies Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Small Specialty Retail Stores
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges & Universities

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Art & Office Supply Manufacturing
  • Gasoline & Petroleum Wholesaling
  • Truck & Bus Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Curriculum products
  • Office tools
  • Writing implements, stamps and stencils
  • Other
  • Stationery and loose-leaf paper
  • Notebooks, binders and organizers
  • Chart: School Supplies Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Public schools
  • Retailers
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private schools
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the School Supplies Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs School Supplies Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the School Supplies Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    School Specialty Inc.,
  • Table: School Specialty Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the School Supplies 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 School Supplies Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of K-12 students (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A retailer selling goods via electronic transactions on the internet
  • Radio Frequency Identification
  • The wireless noncontact use of radio frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data and identify tags attached to objects.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries, where producers supply goods directly to stores.
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