Strong connections: IT adoption rates and investment in online platforms fuel demand

The Online Office and School Supply Sales industry has performed well over the past five years. Demand has been fuelled by growth in internet connections and greater investment in ecommerce platforms by industry operators. However, the surge in internet connectivity and the shift to digital mediums have severely weakened demand for traditional office supplies, including pens and paper-based stationery. Consumer desire for online connectivity has fuelled demand for equipment such as laptops and tablets, often to the detriment of traditional office supplies like paper and more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Internet connections and players' investment in ecommerce platforms have fuelled industry demand
  • Larger players have captured a considerable market share through lowering prices
  • Traditional paper-based office supplies are forecast to continue declining in demand
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The industry is in the growth stage of its economic life cycle. Industry value added, which measures the industry's contribution to the overall economy, is projected to increase by an annualised 8.3% over the 10 years through 2022-23. In contrast, the broader economy is projected to exhibit annualised growth in real GDP of 2.5% over the same period. As a result, the industry is expected to outperform the wider economy during this period. The industry has benefited from the growth in online connections, as consumers have increasingly gravitated towards online sales channels to purchase a range of products, including office supplies.The number of industry operators has exhibited an increasing trend, partly due to the moderate barriers to entry and rising industry revenue. Inc...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Online Office and School Supply Sales Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Online Office and School Supply Sales Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Willingness to outsource when appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Capital expenditure by the private sector in the Online Office and School Supply Sales industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Online Office and School Supply Sales Industry?

    Operators in the industry sell stationery, school and office supplies online. This includes the online sales of pure-play retailers and traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers that are primarily engaged in selling office supplies. The online sale of computing equipment, furniture, and break-room supplies are included in the industry but online textbook sales are excluded.

    Industry Products
  • Traditional office supplies
  • Electrical equipment
  • Machine consumables
  • Furniture
  • Other office supplies
  • Industry Activities
  • Online office equipment sales
  • Online office furniture sales
  • Online printer and ink sales
  • Online stationery sales
  • Online computing equipment sales
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • Capital expenditure by the private sector
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Capital expenditure by the public sector
  • Internet connections
  • Consumer sentiment index

  • Current Performance
  • Online connectivity
  • Industry structure
  • Product range
  • Demand factors
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Technology shift
  • External competition
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Online Office and School Supply Sales Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Online Office and School Supply Sales Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Education and Training
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer and Computer Peripheral Wholesaling
  • Computer and Electronic Office Equipment Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Floor Covering Wholesaling
  • Paper Product Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Traditional office supplies
  • Electrical equipment
  • Machine consumables
  • Other office supplies
  • Furniture
  • Chart: Online Office and School Supply Sales Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Government
  • Households
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Online Office and School Supply Sales Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Online Office and School Supply Sales

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Online Office and School Supply Sales Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Winc Australia Pty Limited, Wesfarmers Limited, OfficeMax Australia Limited,
  • Table: Winc Australia Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Wesfarmers Limited - financial performance
  • Table: OfficeMax Australia Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Online Office and School Supply Sales 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 Online Office and School Supply Sales 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 retail outlet.
  • Pure-Play
  • A retailer that solely operates online and maintains no physical location.
  • Stationery
  • Office materials including paper, pens and ink used for writing and typing.
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