Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Computer and software retailers have experienced continuous change over the past five years. Along with advances in computer design and technology, the introduction of tablet computers created a new wave of demand for retailers. Despite the hype, sales have been eroded by price deflation across the industry, which is expected to culminate in weak annualised growth of 0.7% over the five years through 2013-14. Consumer demand for computer and software merchandise over this period will also been driven by trends in real household disposable income, consumer sentiment, growth in the number of households with access to a computer and the level of internet connections.
Industry revenue is estimated to increase by 1.5% to $7.5 billion in 2013-14... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
Computer retailing is subject to a low level of capital intensity. In 2013-14, for every dollar spent on labour, an estimated $0.10 is spent on capital. Capital expenditure for the industry has remained steady over the past five years. The use of computerised point-of-sales (POS) systems has simplified the labour tasks undertaken by sales assistants and minimised the incident of human error. POS systems have also allowed operators to better control inventory and reduce excess stock levels. While capital investment is required to operate in this industry, labour costs are incurred through the need for store staff, which are required to undertake a number of tasks including the restocking of display shelves, the processing of consumer purchases and assisting with inventory management... purchase to read more