Paper over the cracks: Strong price competition has caused revenue to decline

IBISWorld’s Office Supplies Dealers market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over the past five years, price deflation and new technological developments have had a negative effect on the Office Supplies Dealers industry. Industry revenue is expected to fall at an annualised 1.8% over the five years through 2016-17, to $10.2 billion. Intense competition has led to heavy discounting among industry firms, which has contributed to the industry's decline. In an effort to boost sales, industry players have increasingly invested in their respective online platforms. This has enabled operators to save on rental costs and serve a wider range of customers. Despite this, revenue is expected to decline by 3.9% in 2016-17...

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What is the Office Supplies Dealers industry?

The Office Supplies Dealers industry exhibits moderate barriers to entry, and this trend has remained steady over the past five years. Entry barriers can differ depending on the type of business. At the lowest end of the industry, barriers to entry are relatively low and mainly relate to having adequate capital and skills to establish a small business. However, the barriers to expansion are high due to the dominance of major operators at the larger end of the industry. Industry participants compete fiercely on price, which means that new entrants must control their cost structure if they are to grow. In dense urban areas, big-box retailers operate large stores with broad product ranges. This makes it hard for new entrants in these areas to compete on price or range. Man...

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Products & Brands

Major products in this industry
General office supplies
Computing equipment
Printers, paper and ink
Office furniture
Examples of brands in this Industry

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
Major Markets

Globalisation & Trade

Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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