Paper trails: Rising competition from electronic mediums will hinder industry growth

The Office Stationery Wholesaling industry in Canada has struggled to remain competitive as demand for traditional office products has fallen out of favour. Demand for business forms, direct mailing supplies and print advertising has been slow to improve over the five years to 2018 due to declining purchases of paper products among individuals, retailers and corporate clients. Beset with low profit margins and heightened competition, many industry operators experienced company closures and mergers. Large national operators were facing financial pressures and closing distribution centres. Industry consolidation will most likely continue for the foreseeable future and demand for traditional industry products is forecast to more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Beset with heightened competition, many operators experienced closures and mergers
  • Industry revenue will continue to be volatile because of low demand from retailers
  • Rising internet use is projected to dampen growth from the industry’s traditional products
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry for the Office Stationery Wholesaling industry in Canada are moderate and are expected to remain stable over the five years to 2023. The largest barrier to entry is the overall level of competition among pre-existing wholesalers. Existing competition is high, given the number of players operating in the industry and its increasing concentration. Prospective entrants will find it difficult to establish a position in the industry due to the size advantages of major wholesalers. Many longstanding wholesalers have developed exclusive contracts with large retail and corporate clients, operate a large fleet of trucks and possess the latest distribution technology needed to coordinate and ship bulk products as quickly as possible...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Proximity to key suppliers
  • Provision of superior after sales service
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Corporate profit and Number of businesses in the Office Stationery Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry?

    Office stationery wholesalers distribute a range of paper stationery products and other office supplies to retailers, other industry wholesalers and directly to customers. Industry products include envelopes, computer paper, notebooks, business forms, photo albums, folders, pens, pencils, toner cartridges, ink ribbons, cellophane tape and other miscellaneous paper office supplies. Sales of office equipment and furniture are not included in this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Stationery and office supplies
  • Ink, toner and ribbons
  • Envelopes
  • Business forms
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling paper stationery products including envelopes, computer paper, notebooks, folders and forms
  • Wholesaling office supplies including pens, pencils, toner cartridges, ink ribbons and staplers
  • Wholesaling other stationery including photo albums, gift wrapping paper, greeting cards and postcards
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Corporate profit
  • Number of businesses
  • Private investment in computers and software
  • Consumer spending

  • Current Performance
  • Domestic demand
  • Desperate for growth
  • Paper thin profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Domestic demand
  • Desperate for growth
  • Table: Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores in Canada
  • Department Stores in Canada
  • Warehouse Clubs & Supercentres in Canada
  • Office Supply Stores in Canada
  • Gift Shops & Card Stores in Canada
  • Educational Services In Canada
  • Public Administration in Canada
  • Mail Order in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Auto Leasing, Loans & Sales Financing in Canada
  • Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing in Canada
  • Forklift & Conveyor Manufacturing in Canada
  • Storage & Warehouse Leasing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Ink, toner and ribbons
  • Stationery and office supplies
  • Other
  • Envelopes
  • Business forms
  • Chart: Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Economic ties
  • The education market
  • Irregular events
  • Declining importance of paper stationery

  • Major Markets
  • Other wholesalers
  • Businesses and corporations
  • Office supply retailers
  • Other industries
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesLabour and capitalOther expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Office Stationery Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Veritiv Corporation, Staples Inc.,
  • Table: Veritiv Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Staples Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Office Stationery Wholesaling 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 Office Stationery Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Corporate profit (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Die-Cut Stationery
  • Paper products such as labels, corrugated boxes and envelopes that have been manufactured with rotary pressing machinery to cut paper into specific shapes
  • Paper Pulp
  • Fibrous material prepared by blending fibres from wood, linen and postconsumer paper to create paper
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • Process by which producers and retailers of products mutually agree to bypass the wholesaler as a means of providing goods to consumers
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