Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Over the five years through 2013-14, revenue for the Clothing Wholesaling industry is expected to decline at an annualised 0.5% to reach $9.0 billion, capped off by a 0.6% decline in 2013-14. As the global reach of many clothing companies increases, wholesale bypass is becoming increasingly prevalent. Low-cost producers in countries such as China and Vietnam are becoming more accessible to retailers, selling products directly to retailers and bypassing wholesalers in the process. The Clothing Wholesaling industry's weak performance can also be attributed to low underlying demand from the retail sector. The rise of online clothing stores has undermined demand for products sold through retail channels, which has undercut retailers' demand for products sold by wholesalers... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
Traditionally, the Wholesale Trade division has been labour-intensive. Much of this labour has been required for selling or handling stock and performing administration tasks. These roles do not add much value to the products and as a result, advances in computer technology have been able to automate an increasing number of these tasks.
As the Clothing Wholesaling industry continues to adopt new technology to increase operating efficiencies, capital intensity will increase and labour intensity will fall... purchase to read more