Papers cuts: Substitute competition is eroding industry demand, forcing widespread layoffs

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Paper Product Wholesaling industry is in a state of structural decline. Paper products are declining in popularity, demonstrated by a fall in per capita paper consumption in Australia over the past five years. This decline has been influenced by the rising popularity of the internet as a means of communication and accessing news and other information. Going paperless and communicating, via the internet is also being touted as an environmentally friendly option for consumers and businesses. In addition, the industry's position within the wider paper products supply chain is under pressure. Wholesalers are struggling to stay relevant while being increasingly seen as unnecessary and costly intermediaries between manufacturers and retailers...

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Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Paper Product Wholesaling industry is in the decline stage of its life cycle. The industry entered this stage in the early 2000s after several years of maturity. Indicators that the industry is declining include negative trends in industry revenue and value added, falling participation, stagnant demand, market saturation and slow technological improvements.

Industry value added, the measure of an industry's contribution to the economy as a whole, is forecast to decline a compound annual rate of 2.8% over the 10 years through 2021-22. This represents a weaker performance than the economy as a whole, which is set to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.6% over the same period. The discrepancy between the two indicates that the industry's contribution to GDP is shrinking.


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Industry Products

What is the Paper Product Wholesaling Industry?

Paper wholesalers purchase a range of paper and paper products from domestic and foreign manufacturers and distribute them to retailers, downstream manufacturers, businesses, government departments and other industries. Industry products include paper rolls, cardboard containers, sanitary paper products, paper stationery, paper bags and sacks, and other paper products.

Industry Products
Pulp, paper and paperboard
Paperboard containers
Sanitary paper products
Paper stationery
Paper bags and other paper product
Industry Activities
Paper roll and ream wholesaling
Paper and paperboard container wholesaling
Paper bag and sack wholesaling
Sanitary paper product wholesaling
Paper stationery wholesaling

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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