Got the goods: Expanding product ranges and improved sourcing methods aid revenue growth

Discount department stores have performed well in a challenging retail environment over the past five years. Industry operators have gained a greater share of the total retail dollar at the expense of their mid-tier and up-market rivals. Weak consumer confidence has prompted many households to scale back expenditure on discretionary purchases. Value-conscious consumers have increasingly opted to buy cheaper alternative products offered by discount department stores. Industry revenue is estimated to grow by an annualised 2.2% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $10.7 billion. Revenue is anticipated to increase by more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Firms have gained a greater share of consumer dollars at the expense of their up-market rivals
  • Online retail store popularity has constrained industry expansion over the past five years
  • Stores with limited scope for economies of scale are likely to face intense price competition
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Discount Department Stores industry exhibits moderate capital intensity. In 2017-18, for every dollar spent on wages, an estimated $0.15 will be spent on capital costs. The industry is generally labour intensive because employees are required to handle day-to-day retail operations, such as providing customer service, stocking shelves, displaying merchandise, processing transactions and managing inventory. Staff are also involved in several administrative and back office duties.The industry's depreciation costs are typically derived from long-term assets such as store fixtures and fittings, computer software and systems, and cash registers. Adv...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Discount Department Stores Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Discount Department Stores are:

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Effective cost controls
  • Having a clear market position
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household discretionary income and Consumer sentiment index in the Discount Department Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Discount Department Stores Industry?

    Retailers in this industry sell various consumer goods at discounted prices. Unlike up-market department stores that have separate cash registers in each department, discount department stores generally have central customer check-out locations. Discount department stores typically purchase products from wholesalers and manufacturers and then sell these products on to consumers.

    Industry Products
  • Clothing, footwear and accessories
  • Books and stationery
  • Cosmetics and toiletries
  • Household appliances and consumer electronics
  • Toys and games
  • Furniture, housewares and textile goods
  • Other products
  • Industry Activities
  • Department store operation
  • Clothing retailing
  • Furniture retailing
  • Kitchenware, china, glassware and other housewares retailing
  • Textile goods retailing
  • Electrical, electronic and gas appliances retailing
  • Perfumes, cosmetics and toiletries retailing
  • Table of Contents

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

  • Current Performance
  • Industry structure
  • Product sourcing
  • Competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry participation
  • Profit
  • Competition
  • Table: Discount Department Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Discount Department Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clothing Wholesaling
  • Cosmetics and Toiletry Wholesaling
  • Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling
  • Hardware Wholesaling
  • Household Appliance Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Clothing, footwear and accessories
  • Furniture, housewares and textile goods
  • Household appliances and consumer electronics
  • Toys and games
  • Books and stationery
  • Cosmetics and toiletries
  • Other products
  • Chart: Discount Department Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 35 to 54 years
  • People aged 55 years and over
  • People aged 15 to 34 years
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Discount Department Stores 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 Discount Department Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Discount Department Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Wesfarmers Limited, Woolworths Group Limited,
  • Table: Wesfarmers Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Woolworths Group Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Discount Department Stores 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 Discount Department Stores 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
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online-only retailer that operates via a website.
  • Point Of Sale
  • Technology that incorporates a cash register with an electronic payment system to allow instantaneous transactions through one device.
  • Radio Frequency Identification
  • Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a wireless technology commonly used to transfer information for tracking and identification purposes.
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