Picture perfect: Increasing internet access and photo sharing will keep revenue on the rise

The Online Photo Printing Industry Research Report measures market size, analyses current and future trends, and provides an indication of market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld’s collection of industry market research reports gives you insightful, up-to-date information on the supply chains, economic drivers, and key buyers and markets for hundreds of industries.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • New technology to enable more customization will boost demand for industry services
  • Industry operators can effectively compete with traditional photofinishing services based on price
  • A rise in the number of smartphones and tablets will still support industry growth
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Online Photo Printing industry is benefiting from a continuing consumer shift toward photo sharing. Over the past five years, social networks and links to other photo sharing sites encouraged consumers to store and print pictures through online channels. An increasing number of broadband and mobile internet connections also facilitated consumer access to such websites, contributing to industry growth. During the next five years, technological advancements will continue to prop up industry expansion. Rising internet and mobile access will enable more consumers to print photos online, and industry marketing will attract consumers through social media and mobile applications.

    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    This industry is highly capital intensive because many of its basic functions are automated; consumers order their products online and machines produce the products remotely. This allows companies to grow without hiring more employees per additional order. However, heavier use results in more machine maintenance and repairs. Consequently, the industry spends about $0.34 on capital for every dollar spent on labor. As the industry grows, companies are further streamlining processes to upgrade more labor-intensive functions like product review and packaging capabilities. Due to the industry's automated nature, labor within the industry is highly specialized and requires high wages. Further, the novelty of the industry also means that expansion necessitates employment growth.

    Additional Insights for the Online Photo Printing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Online Photo Printing Industry are

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Having links with suppliers
  • Effective quality control
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Number of broadband connections in the Online Photo Printing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Online Photo Printing Industry?

    This industry offers photo printing services online. It does not include printing services within brick-and-mortar stores like Target and CVS. Online photo printing is not the same as digital photo printing, but rather is a subset as they must be in digital form for customers to order online. Digital photos could be printed within an actual store, however, it would not be included in this industry. Further, commercial web-enabled printing services are excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
    Prints on paper
    Specialty photo paper
    Other services
    Enterprise services
    Industry Activities
    Producing photographic prints on traditional photo paper
    Producing photographic prints on other media, including ceramic, cardboard, metal and fabric
    Producing photographic slides
    Producing photographic enlargements

    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
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of broadband connections
  • External competition for the Printing Support Services industry
  • Number of mobile internet connections
  • Price of paper

  • Current Performance
  • Technological boost
  • Overcoming competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Lower profitability and consolidation
  • External competition rises and falls
  • Table: Online Photo Printing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Online Photo Printing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Retail Trade
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing
  • Coated & Laminated Paper Manufacturing
  • Office Stationery Manufacturing
  • Postal Service

  • Products & Services
  • Other services
  • Prints on paper
  • Photobooks
  • Specialty photo paper
  • Enterprise services
  • Chart: Online Photo Printing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Professional photographers
  • Enterprises
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Online Photo Printing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesMarketingDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Online Photo Printing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Online Photo Printing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Shutterfly Inc.
  • Table: Shutterfly Inc. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Online Photo Printing 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 Online Photo Printing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Percentage of Services Conducted Online (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Stores that have a physical presence and location, as opposed to online retailers.
  • Image Processing
  • Digital printing on paper from an image's original form.
  • Photo Sharing
  • An online platform where users can upload their photos for private and or public viewing. Some photo sharing platforms allow consumers to convert their photos into industry products via the host site.
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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Online Photo Printing market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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