The School Supplies Wholesaling industry has struggled over the past five years with low demand and declining supply-chain relevance. A broader trend toward ecommerce has led more consumers to bypass retailers and the wholesalers that supply them, while big-box department and discount stores have used their purchasing power to internalize distribution functions and eliminate industry wholesalers from the supply chain. However, growth in primary and secondary school enrollment and funding is expected to temper the industry's sales decline over the next five years. The K-12 student population is expected to grow through 2022. This trend, combined with lower unemployment and replenished state budgets, is expected to propel strong growth in government funding for education.
This industry is composed of companies that primarily perform merchant wholesale distribution of school equipment and supplies. Operators that distribute books and furniture are excluded from this industry.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.