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Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42433 | Aug 2016

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

IBISWorld’s Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling 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
Revenue
$72bn
Annual Growth 11-16
1.1%
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Profit
Profit
Employment
103,585
Businesses
19,280
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Consumer confidence is expected to reach its highest level since 2007, encouraging higher consumer spending
  • Wholesalers have lowered prices, cutting into both total revenue and profit margins
  • Upstream manufacturers continue to import, preventing wholesalers from raising prices
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Women's and Children's Apparel Wholesaling industry has fully recovered from the recession. Downstream demand for apparel has been growing over the past five years, buoyed by rising consumer sentiment, culminating in higher consumer spending. In the coming years, increased demand from women's clothing stores and higher consumer spending are expected to drive revenue growth. Additionally, the world price of cotton is expected to be less volatile over the five years to 2021, declining slightly, which is expected to stabilize profit margins for this industry... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

Capital intensity in the Women's and Children's Apparel Wholesaling industry is low; nonetheless, it has been increasing due to increasing capital investment and declining labor costs. Capital investment has been rising because of advances in computer systems and technology designed to monitor inventory levels and reduce wait times in the supply of clothing to retailers. IBISWorld estimates that for each $1.00 spent on wages, industry operators will spend $0.05 on capital. This indicates a low level of capital intensity, however, that is because most of the firms in this industry are small scale nonemployers who cannot benefit from technical economies of scale by utilizing technology and automation, given the limited scale of their operations. For.. ... 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... purchase to read more

     


    Industry ProductsRelated Reports

    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 clothingSuits and coatsOuterwear including skirts, slacks and jeansUnderwear and sleepwearChildren's and infants' apparelOther apparel including clothing accessories
     
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling baby clothingWholesaling outerwear, including pants, suits and coatsWholesaling women's, children's and infants' clothing accessoriesWholesaling women's, children's and infants' clothingWholesaling dressesWholesaling blouses and shirts Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' glovesWholesaling handbags Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' hats and capsWholesaling underwear and sleepwear


    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
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Demand from women's clothing stores
  • Import penetration into the manufacturing sector
  • Demand from department stores
  • World price of cotton
  • Current Performance
  • A robust recovery
  • Ongoing challenges are resulting in structural changes
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Restructuring
  • Threats loom
  • 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
  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • 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
    Major Companies
    VF Corporation
  • Table: VF Corporation - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • World price of cotton (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    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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    This report on Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling:
    • 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 Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling 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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