Hard times: Wholesale decline continues as print products are shelved in favour of digital

The past five years have been tough for operators in the Book and Magazine Wholesaling industry. Operators have felt the full effect of the shift in the way reading material is consumed and distributed. Consumers have increasingly used online resources to obtain information and entertainment, which has had dire consequences for an industry reliant on the physical movement of printed materials from publisher to end user. Consumers have become more comfortable purchasing from online international retailers, and have enthusiastically taken to ereaders and tablet devices. These developments, which negate the need for book and magazine middlemen, have all had a negative effect on the industry. As a result, industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 4.0%...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • While book wholesaling remains fragmented, magazine wholesalers are consolidating to boost profit
  • Increasing internet connectivity and higher speeds have negatively affected print media
  • Books, magazines and newspapers will encounter growing competition from substitute products
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic spread of enterprises across the industry is influenced by the regional distribution and concentration of the population, and the regional distribution of downstream retailers. Participants in the industry often locate themselves, including their warehouses, close to their clients (mainly publishers and retailers) to optimise transport costs.The distribution of book and magazine wholesaling locations and employment is concentrated in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. These three eastern states together account for over 80% of industry enterprises and employment...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Book and Magazine Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Book and Magazine Wholesaling are:

  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Automation - reduces costs, particularly those associated with labour
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as IT and telecommunications adoption and Demand from newsagents and book retailers in the Book and Magazine Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Book and Magazine Wholesaling Industry?

    Operators in the industry wholesale books, newspapers and periodicals (including consumer magazines). Book and magazine wholesalers distribute publications to retailers and the professional sectors (book clubs, mail order companies, higher education institutions and libraries), generally with minimal or no further development and processing of the product. Industry revenue includes both the cover price and distribution fee of goods sold.

    Industry Products
  • Magazines and other periodicals
  • Books
  • Newspapers
  • Industry Activities
  • Books wholesaling
  • Newspapers wholesaling
  • Periodical (including consumer magazines) wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Demand from newsagents and book retailers
  • Average weekly hours worked
  • Demand from online education

  • Current Performance
  • A changing marketplace
  • Electronic alternatives
  • Wholesale bypass
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Entertainment substitutes
  • Strength in consolidation
  • Table: Book and Magazine Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Book and Magazine Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Newsagents and Book Retailers
  • University and Other Higher Education
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Private Schools
  • Government Schools

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Magazine and Directory Publishing
  • Newspaper Publishing

  • Products & Services
  • Books
  • Magazines and other periodicals
  • Newspapers
  • Chart: Book and Magazine Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Book retailers
  • Newsagents and other retailers
  • Other organisations
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Book and Magazine Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Book and Magazine Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Book and Magazine Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
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  • Table: Ovato Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Book and Magazine Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Book and Magazine Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • An electronic or digital book.
  • Electronic Data Interchange (Edi)
  • The computer-to-computer exchange of structured information by agreed message standards.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • When producers supply goods directly to end consumers, bypassing wholesalers. It is used as a cost-cutting measure by both producers and retailers.
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