Paper thin: Declining paper consumption and competitive pressures have caused profit declines

IBISWorld’s Stationery Goods Retailing 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.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Fashion-based stationery is partly alleviating the industry's saturated traditional segments
  • Intense competitive pressures and price discounting strategies have constrained profit margins
  • Growth prospects are more favourable for firms that focus on environmentally friendly products

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Stationery Goods Retailing industry includes companies that retail stationery goods, writing materials, art supplies, ink, pens, pencils and notebooks. The industry has been subject to increasing external competitive pressure and threats. For example, an increasing number of alternative retail channels that also sell stationery items, including online retailers, are challenging the industry's long-term survival, as is Australia's ongoing move towards a digital economy.

    As a result of these factors, the industry has been gradually shrinking. Industry revenue is expected to fall by an annualised 2.6% over the five years through 2017-18, as it continues to contend with external variables. Revenue is expected to total $750.0 million in the current year, down 2.8%...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    As with other industries in the Retail Trade division, industry retailers tend to be labour-intensive, relying on store staff for customer service, cash handling and other activities. In the case of specialist stationery stores (such as art and craft supply stores or scrapbooking stores), where customer service is paramount, average wage costs may exceed those of the overall industry. This is because employees may be trained artists with the appropriate knowledge to provide customer advice and support.

    Relevant capital expenditure items for the industry include store fixtures and fittings, cash registers and point-of-sale systems. In the past few years, several nationwide chain stores have sought to revamp or refit their stores, resulting in increased capital expenditure. For..

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    Additional Insights for the Stationery Goods Retailing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Stationery Goods Retailing Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Having a clear market position
  • Being part of a franchising chain
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Real household discretionary income in the Stationery Goods Retailing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Stationery Goods Retailing Industry?

    Companies in the industry retail stationery goods and writing materials, which include artists’ supplies, ink, pens, pencils and notebooks. Products are sourced from upstream manufacturers, wholesalers and international suppliers, and then sold in specialist retail outlets.

    Industry Products
    Art supplies
    Pens, pencils, crayons and stamp pads
    Notebooks and paper stationery
    Other paper and paperboard products
    Industry Activities
    Artists' supplies retailing
    Notebook and paper stationery retailing
    Pen, pencil, crayon and stamp pad retailing
    Writing material retailing

    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
  • Business confidence index
  • Real household discretionary income
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Public concerns over environmental issues

  • Current Performance
  • Falling sales
  • Constrained profit
  • Ongoing consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competing communication mediums
  • External pressures
  • Table: Stationery Goods Retailing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Stationery Goods Retailing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Printing
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Paper Product Wholesaling
  • Paper Stationery Manufacturing
  • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Notebooks and paper stationery
  • Pens, pencils, crayons and stamp pads
  • Other paper and paperboard products
  • Art supplies
  • Chart: Stationery Goods Retailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Households
  • Education sector
  • Governments
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Stationery Goods Retailing 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 Stationery Goods Retailing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Stationery Goods Retailing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Wesfarmers LimitedPremier Investments Limited
  • Table: Wesfarmers Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Premier Investments Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Stationery Goods Retailing 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 Stationery Goods Retailing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Card Stock
  • A thick, heavy-weight paper available in a variety of weights that is used for scrapbooking and craft activities.
  • Drawing Paper
  • This is included in the art supplies product segment, and consists of papers with rough surfaces used by artists and designers, and may also include cartridge paper.
  • Writing Paper
  • This includes bond paper and ledger and bank papers, and is used for various stationery requirements.
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