School Supplies Wholesaling in the US - Industry Market Research Report


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School Supplies Wholesaling

The School Supplies Wholesaling industry has struggled over the five years to 2018 with low demand and declining supply-chain relevance. A broader trend toward ecommerce has been particularly pronounced in this industry, leading more consumers to bypass retailers and the wholesalers that supply them. In addition, brick-and-mortar retail sales have increasingly shifted to big-box department and discount stores. Furthermore, the industry has contended with wholesale bypass and constraining government funding for education. As a result, industry revenue has declined over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to continue decreasing over the five years to 2023 as schools increasingly invest in newer technologies, such as tablets and laptop computers, instead of paper-based products.

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.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Government funding for primary and secondary education
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major Players
    • Table School Specialty Inc. (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital Intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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