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IBISWorld’s Paper Product Wholesaling 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.


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 Threats & Opportunities

  • The Paper Product Wholesaling industry is in a state of structural decline
  • Profitability has been declining due to mounting cost pressures over the past five years
  • Paper product sales are expected to fall as households and businesses consume more digital media

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    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 Locations Chapter

    Like other wholesaling industries, the Paper Product Wholesaling industry is dispersed across the country with a presence in every state. Industry wholesalers benefit from being located close to key markets and suppliers to minimise transportation costs. Therefore, industry firms are generally concentrated in large population centres and manufacturing states.

    New South Wales and Victoria are home to the largest number of industry enterprises. They are expected to account for 37.5% and 33.9% of enterprises, respectively. Both regions are densely populated and include the majority of shops and factories within Australia. Giv..

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    Additional Insights for the Paper Product Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Paper Product Wholesaling Industry are

  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • Automation - reduces costs, particularly those associated with labour
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from printing and Business confidence index in the Paper Product Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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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 Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from printing
  • Business confidence index
  • Domestic price of paper products and paperboard
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Paper Product Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Paper Product Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Printing
  • Newspaper Publishing
  • Newspaper and Book Retailing
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
  • Fast Food Services
  • Cafes and Coffee Shops

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Corrugated Paperboard Container Manufacturing
  • Paper Bag and Other Paper Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Stationery Manufacturing
  • Paperboard Container Manufacturing
  • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing
  • Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Paperboard containers
  • Sanitary paper products
  • Pulp, paper and paperboard
  • Paper stationery
  • Paper bags and other paper product
  • Chart: Paper Product Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Printers and publishers
  • Retailers
  • Paper product manufacturers
  • Food and beverage product manufacturers
  • Other manufacturing industries
  • Businesses
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Paper Product Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Utilities, rent, depreciation and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Paper Product Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Paper Product Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Paper Product Wholesaling 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 Paper Product Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • The buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the internet and other computer networks.
  • Paperboard
  • Thick, strong paper that is often used in packaging.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • An increasingly popular trend whereby manufacturers supply goods directly to retailers or users.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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