Ground to cover: Industry operators are challenged by wholesale bypass and intense competition

Operators in the Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling industry have faced difficult trading conditions over the past five years. Wholesale bypass represents a significant constraint on the long-term pace of industry expansion as retailers increasingly look to dealing directly with manufacturers and importers, which can squeeze traditional wholesalers out of the furniture supply chain. Some wholesalers are confronting the issue by establishing positions in the online furniture market, while others have expanded their capacity to sell direct to the public. Moderate demand growth for furniture and floor coverings from downstream residential and commercial building markets has supported the industry's performance over the past five years, despite intense competition in the supply chain...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$5bn
Annual Growth 14-19
0.3%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
11,600
Businesses
1,865
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Weak discretionary income and wholesale bypass are driving down industry sales
  • Exposure to wholesale bypass and competition from online retailers has limited revenue growth
  • Wholesale bypass will continue to erode the industry’s position in the supply chain
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling industry has a moderate level of capital intensity based on its capital depreciation to labour cost ratio. Direct labour costs currently absorb 11.4% of industry revenue and depreciation charges absorb about 2.0%. For every dollar spent on capital equipment, the industry allocates an estimated $5.70 to wage payments. The industry’s capital input requirement reflects the need to transport, manoeuvre and store bulky and heavy furniture and flooring stock. Wholesalers also require equipment to monitor stock and transactions. The main capital expenditure is on delivery vehicles, automated shelving and storage systems, forklift equipment to manoeuvre stock and computerised inventory systems...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling are:

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Experienced work force
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from furniture retailing and Demand from floor coverings retailing in the Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry operators wholesale blinds, floor coverings, furniture and mattresses. Wholesalers act as the supply link between manufacturers and retailers. The wholesale of ceramic tiles and canvas blinds is excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Bedroom furniture
  • Lounge and dining room furniture
  • Office and other furniture
  • Carpets
  • Vinyl and other flooring covering
  • Industry Activities
  • Blind wholesaling (except textile)
  • Floor covering wholesaling (except ceramic floor tiles)
  • Furniture wholesaling
  • Mattress wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from furniture retailing
  • Demand from floor coverings retailing
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Operating landscape
  • Profit
  • Structural environment
  • Wholesale bypass
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Participation and profit
  • Short-term sales growth
  • Wholesale bypass continues
  • Trading landscape
  • Table: Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Department Stores
  • Furniture Retailing
  • Floor Coverings Retailing
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Education and Training
  • Health Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Mattress Manufacturing
  • Metal Furniture Manufacturing
  • Wicker and Fibreglass Furniture Manufacturing
  • Wooden Furniture and Upholstered Seat Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Lounge and dining room furniture
  • Carpets
  • Bedroom furniture
  • Vinyl and other flooring covering
  • Office and other furniture
  • Chart: Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Residential and commercial construction
  • Income, consumer sentiment and interest rates
  • Wholesale bypass and online sales

  • Major Markets
  • Retailers
  • Businesses and commercial customers
  • Households
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Road transport services
  • Depreciation and rent
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Furniture and Floor Covering 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 Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • 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
    Ecommerce
  • Operators using the internet to undertake business transactions (i.e. selling goods online).
  • Vertically Integrated
  • Describes a style of operations and management, whereby a firm engages in different parts of production, manufacturing, distribution and retail.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • When buyers bypass or skip wholesalers to buy directly from the manufacture and thereby cut costs.
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