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Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters in the US: Market Research Report

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Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Market Research Report | NAICS 45291 | Dec 2016

Well stocked: Revenue will grow slightly, amid growing concentration and falling oil prices

IBISWorld’s Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Improving disposable incomes and corporate profit will aid industry growth
  • Consumers are more likely to seek out gasoline from industry operators when oil prices are high
  • Rising corporate profit will allow businesses to spend more on industry-retailed goods
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Due to the low-cost, high-value products they offer, operators in the Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters industry typically performs well regardless of the macroeconomic climate; however, when businesses and consumers have deeper pockets, they are likely to spend more at industry establishments. Despite overall industry growth, steep declines in the world price of crude oil have kept revenue gains slow over the period. Many industry operators retail fuel at establishment-run gas stations; therefore, as the world price of crude oil declined over the five years to 2016, the industry was forced to lower gasoline prices, which stifled revenue growth. Over the next five years, industry revenue will rise in line with the growing economy and recovering oil prices.

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Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

The Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters industry provides a range of general merchandise, including: food and beverages, furniture and appliances, health and wellness products, apparel and accessories, and fuel and ancillary services. IBISWorld's estimates reflect the industry as a whole, however, such products as a percentage of sales can vary widely among industry operators.

Food and beverages

This industry retails a large selection of fresh and processed food products. Most industry operators will sell several varieties of snack food, candy, alcoholic beverages, nonalcoholic beverages, meat, produce, dairy, frozen food, deli products and pet food. Bus.. ... purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry are

  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Having a wide and expanding product range
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    What is the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry?

    This industry includes large stores that primarily retail a general line of grocery products, along with merchandise items (e.g. apparel and appliances). Warehouse clubs offer customers a wide selection of goods, often in bulk, at discounted prices, in exchange for a membership fee paid by each customer. Supercenters are large discount department stores that also sell perishable groceries. However, unlike warehouse clubs, supercenters do not have membership requirements for customers.

    Industry Products
    Food and beveragesFuel and otherHome and appliancesApparel and accessoriesHealth, beauty and wellness
    Industry Activities
    Retailing groceriesRetailing furnitureRetailing apparelRetailing appliancesRetailing digital and print mediaRetailing personal care productsRetailing automotive fuels (e.g. gasoline)

    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
  • Corporate profit
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • World price of crude oil
  • Current Performance
  • Higher incomes, higher revenue
  • Oil prices boost profit, decrease revenue
  • Reputation and growth
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Macroeconomic drivers
  • Rising competition
  • Table: Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Day Care
  • Bed & Breakfast & Hostel Accommodations
  • Hair & Nail Salons
  • Civic, Social & Youth Organizations
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Footwear Wholesaling
  • Furniture Wholesaling
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Home Furnishing Wholesaling
  • Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling
  • Soft Drink, Baked Goods & Other Grocery Wholesaling
  • Sporting Goods Wholesaling
  • TV & Appliance Wholesaling
  • Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • Food and beverages
  • Home and appliances
  • Health, beauty and wellness
  • Fuel and other
  • Apparel and accessories
  • Chart: Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Households with incomes less than $50,000
  • Households with incomes greater than $50,000
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Walmart Stores Inc.
    Costco Wholesale Corp.
  • Table: Walmart Stores Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Costco Wholesale Corp. - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters 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 Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Per capita disposable income (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Comparable Store Sales
  • A retail measure used to assess the true performance of retail outlets by taking out the effect of new store openings and only looking at sales growth of existing stores.
  • Homogeneous Goods
  • Items that are similar among retailers, with little or no differentiation.
  • Large-Format Store
  • A retail store that is differentiated by its sheer size and large range of products, including electronics, household goods and other consumer products.
  • Mass Merchandiser
  • A large retail store that offers a wide range of product categories.
  • Point Of Sale (Pos)
  • A system used at checkout in retail stores using computers and cash registers to capture transaction data at the time and place of sale.
  • 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.
  • Stock Keeping Units (Skus)
  • Codes used by retailers to identify the lowest level of product detail.

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    This report on Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding industry competition and the supply chain.
    • 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 Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters 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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