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Office Supply Stores in the US: Market Research Report

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Office Supply Stores Market Research Report | NAICS 45321 | Apr 2016

Take notes: External competition from online retailers will stifle industry growth

IBISWorld’s Office Supply Stores market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue is anticipated to fall as digitalization saps demand for core office products
  • In response to falling profitability, many operators have merged or exited the industry entirely
  • The industry is expected to continue declining as market conditions remain largely unchanged
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Office Supply Stores industry has faced tough conditions during the past five years. Although the recession accelerated the industry's decline, traditional office supply stores have long been under pressure from the changing digital landscape and fierce external competition. The changing nature of how information is consumed and disseminated has led to declining demand for many of the industry's core products. Moreover, industry operators have faced strong pressure from discount stores, supercenters, warehouse clubs and online retailers. The industry's outlook remains dim during the next five years, despite the expected growth of consumer confidence, per capita disposable income and corporate profit over the period... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Office Supply Stores industry is in the declining stage of its life cycle. Over the 10 years to 2021, industry value added (IVA), which measures the industry's contribution to the US economy, is expected to decline at an average annual rate of 6.2%. This growth rate indicates that the industry will grow at a far slower rate than GDP, which is projected to increase at an annualized rate of 2.2% over the same period. A number of factors confirm the industry's decline, especially the digitalization of the economy over the past five years, leading to less demand for many of the industry's core products. The trend of declining enterprises and a stable product market also reflect the characteristics of a declining industry.

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Additional Insights for the Office Supply Stores Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Office Supply Stores Industry are

  • Attractive product presentation
  • Experienced work force
  • Production of goods currently favored by the market
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as External competition for the Office Supply Stores industry and Percentage of services conducted online in the Office Supply Stores industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Office Supply Stores Industry?

    This industry includes stores that primarily sell stationery, school supplies and office supplies. Stores may also sell a combination of new computers, office equipment, furniture and supplies. This industry does not include general merchandisers or electronic retailers.

    Industry Products
    Office supplies and equipmentServicesOffice machinesOffice furnitureTechnology
    Industry Activities
    Retailing office suppliesRetailing school suppliesRetailing stationery Retailing furnitureRetailing computers

    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
  • External competition for the Office Supply Stores industry
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Corporate profit
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of K-12 students
  • Current Performance
  • Competition undermines specialty stores
  • Operators grapple with the decline
  • Big players scale down, small players bulk up
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Economic improvements unable to forestall the internet threat
  • External competition corners existing operators
  • Table: Office Supply Stores Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Office Supply Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Human Resources & Benefits Administration
  • Community Colleges
  • Business Certification & IT Schools
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges & Universities
  • For-Profit Universities
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Art & Office Supply Manufacturing
  • Copier & Office Equipment Wholesaling
  • Office Furniture Manufacturing
  • Office Stationery Manufacturing
  • Office Stationery Wholesaling
  • Paper Product Manufacturing
  • Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Office supplies and equipment
  • Office machines
  • Technology
  • Services
  • Office furniture
  • Chart: Office Supply Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Small businesses
  • Households for education purposes
  • Large businesses
  • Households for general purposes
  • Other
  • Households for satellite work
  • Federal, state and local government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Office Supply Stores Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent, utilities and depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Office Supply Stores
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Office Supply Stores Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Office Depot Inc.
    Staples Inc.
  • Table: Office Depot Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Staples Inc. - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Office Supply Stores 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 Office Supply Stores Industry
  • Includes:
  • 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
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A retail store that is differentiated by its sheer size and large range of specialized products.
  • Brick-And-Mortar
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer.
  • E-Commerce
  • A retailer that primarily sells goods and services via the internet. Many of these companies do not have brick-and-mortar locations.
  • Point-Of-Sale (Pos) System
  • A terminal or, more generally, the hardware and software used for checkouts; the equivalent of an electronic cash register.

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    This report on Office Supply Stores:
    • 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 Office Supply Stores 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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