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Footwear Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Footwear Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42434 | May 2017

Well-heeled: Industry profit will stabilize as growth in the price of shoes slows down

IBISWorld’s Footwear Wholesaling market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • US demand for footwear has increased, allowing footwear wholesalers to capitalize on a significant growth opportunity
  • Stable industry profitability has increased the industry’s appeal to potential entrants
  • Increased calls for trade protectionism may culminate in the implementation of heightened tariff barriers
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Footwear Wholesaling industry has benefited from improving economic conditions in the United States. Rising disposable income and consumer expenditure levels, along with rising shoe prices, have stimulated industry revenue growth over the five years to 2017. The industry is expected to post consistent gains during the five-year period as falling unemployment and increasing per capita disposable income have increased consumers' propensity to spend on footwear. IBISWorld expects that this industry will continue to grow over the five years to 2022. Continued economic improvements, such as rising per capita disposable income levels, are anticipated to continue to stimulate consumer demand for footwear... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Women's and girls' footwear

Women's and girls' footwear (excluding athletic footwear) is expected to account for the largest proportion of industry revenue, at an estimated 62.7% on 2017. This segment includes products such as casual and heeled shoes, slippers and formal shoes. This product segment has increased significantly over the past five years, as improving economic conditions have stimulated consumer demand for women's shoes, which tend to higher priced, relative to other industry products. Additionally, fast fashion has also provided the impetus for increased footwear purchases due to the need for matching outfits with shoes.

Men's and boys' footwear

Men's and boys' footwear (excluding athletic footwear) is anticipated to account for 25.0% o.. ... purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Footwear Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Establishment of brand names
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from shoe stores and Consumer Confidence Index in the Footwear Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Footwear Wholesaling Industry?

    Operators in this industry wholesale footwear (including athletic shoes) made of leather, rubber and other materials. Businesses in this industry purchase shoes from manufacturers, and resell them to retailers with minimal or no further development or processing. Most wholesalers in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities, such as establishing relationships with manufacturers and retailers.

    Industry Products
    Athletic footwearInfants' footwearWomen's and girls' footwear (excluding athletic footwear)Men's and boys' footwear (excluding athletic footwear)Footwear and shoe accessories
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling athletic shoesWholesaling boots (e.g. hiking and Western)Wholesaling leather stock and piecesWholesaling formal shoesWholesaling casual shoesWholesaling slippers

    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
  • Demand from shoe stores
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Price of shoes
  • Import penetration into the manufacturing sector
  • Current Performance
  • Downstream markets
  • Industry products
  • Industry profitability and participation
  • Industry consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Potential effects of the Berry Amendment
  • Potential effects of increased trade protectionism
  • Sustained revenue growth expected
  • Table: Footwear Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Footwear Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Athletic & Sporting Goods Manufacturing
  • Gym & Exercise Equipment Manufacturing
  • Shoe & Footwear Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Women's and girls' footwear (excluding athletic footwear)
  • Men's and boys' footwear (excluding athletic footwear)
  • Athletic footwear
  • Infants' footwear
  • Footwear and shoe accessories
  • Chart: Footwear Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Wholesalers and distributors for resale
  • Specialty footwear retailers
  • Discount stores
  • Department stores
  • Athletic and sporting goods stores
  • Direct sales
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Footwear Wholesaling Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Marketing
  • Wages
  • Depreciation, rent, utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Footwear Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Footwear Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Nike Inc.
  • Table: Nike Inc. - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Footwear 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 Footwear Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Per capita disposable income (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Fast Fashion
  • A term that refers to moderately priced clothing collections that are based on the latest runway trends.
  • Lead Time
  • The time that passes from the moment a supplier receives an order to the moment the order is received by the purchaser.
  • Offshoring
  • The relocation of a company's business process, such as manufacturing or accounting, from one country to another, whether the work is outsourced or stays within the company.
  • 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.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores, eliminating the middleman.

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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.
    • 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 Footwear 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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