Clean linen: The convenience of dry cleaning alternatives buoyed demand for industry services

The Dry Cleaners industry in Canada provides dry cleaning and laundry services to consumers and businesses, such as hotels and clinics. Over the past decade, shifting consumer trends toward casual clothing reduced the need for dry cleaning services that are typically only used for formal and office wear. Moreover, the convenience of dry cleaning alternatives and advanced at-home laundering machines buoyed demand for industry services. The proliferation of casual office attire continues to reduce demand for dry cleaning services. Dry cleaning is a price-premium service, and consumers typically only dry clean formal attire that cannot be laundered at home. Dry cleaners have implemented price hikes over the five years to 2018 to maintain profitability amid falling more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Dry cleaners implemented price hikes to maintain profitability amid falling demand
  • Shifts in the fibre types used to manufacture apparel have affected industry demand
  • Growing competition from more substitute at-home dry cleaning products will cut into sales
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Dry Cleaners industry in Canada is highly fragmented, with no company accounting for a notable share of industry revenue. According to Statistics Canada, an estimated 44.0% of industry operators are nonemployers, and the overwhelming majority of companies only own one establishment. A small number of franchises provide branding, equipment, training and other services. Other franchises, such as Cadet Cleaners, franchise pick-up locations and subsequently process textiles at a centralized plant...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Dry Cleaners Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Dry Cleaners Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Access to niche markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and National unemployment rate in the Dry Cleaners industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Dry Cleaners Industry?

    This industry provides dry cleaning and laundering services. Companies may also provide drop-off and pick-up sites for laundries and dry cleaners. In addition, establishments may also offer specialty-cleaning services for garments and textiles, including fur, leather, suede, wedding gowns, draperies and pillows. This industry does not include establishments that offer coin-operated laundering and dry cleaning, or those offering linen and uniform rentals.

    Industry Products
  • General dry cleaning services
  • Laundering services
  • Industry Activities
  • Dry cleaning textiles
  • Laundering textiles
  • Restoring textiles
  • Leather goods repair
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • National unemployment rate
  • Number of households earning $100K or more
  • Demand from healthcare and social assistance
  • Price of electric power

  • Current Performance
  • Going casual
  • Pressure on PERC and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Strategic shifts
  • Industry contraction
  • Table: Dry Cleaners Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Dry Cleaners Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance In Canada
  • Accommodation and Food Services In Canada
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical Wholesaling in Canada
  • Electrical Equipment Manufacturing in Canada
  • Gasoline & Petroleum Wholesaling in Canada
  • Soap & Cleaning Compound Manufacturing in Canada
  • Utilities In Canada

  • Products & Services
  • General dry cleaning services
  • Laundering services
  • Other
  • Chart: Dry Cleaners Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Highest income quintile
  • Businesses
  • Fourth-lowest income quintile
  • Third-lowest income quintile
  • Second-lowest income quintile
  • Lowest income quintile
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Dry Cleaners Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRent and utilitiesDepreciationOther expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Dry Cleaners

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Dry Cleaners Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Dry Cleaners 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 Dry Cleaners Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • National unemployment rate (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Dry Cleaning
  • Cleaning process that uses a chemical solvent rather than water.
  • Perchloroethylene (Perc)
  • Common solvent used in the dry cleaning process that has been subject to increased environmental regulations.
  • Wet Cleaning
  • Cleaning method that uses water and biodegradable soaps as a solvent.
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