Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Over the past five years, operators in this industry have taken advantage of increased demand for their products. In the next five years, distributors in the industry are expected to take greater advantage of a variety of efficiency-maximizing technologies to increase the speed of alcohol procurement, shipping and stocking. Purchases of specialized trucks help control freight temperature, while real-time inventory management systems reduce product shrink and improve the percentage of orders that are successfully fulfilled. Major liquor distributors are incorporating these technologies to new, larger distribution facilities... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
Provincial laws and regulations concerning the distribution and sale of alcohol make it extremely difficult and, in some cases, impossible for any private alcohol wholesaler to enter the industry. Licenced Crown corporations and provincial alcohol boards dominate the industry, with only Alberta allowing for a fully privatized, albeit still highly regulated, distribution system.
The most significant barrier to entry is licencing. A variety of provincial and federal industry regulations delay the speed at which new distribution businesses can be opened, and this further dampens prospective entrants' ability to enter the industry. The complex network of regulations varies among provinces, but all serve to provide an inherent market barrier that limits the total sale of alcohol... purchase to read more