Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Farm Supplies Wholesaling industry has struggled amidst volatility in agriculture input prices over the past five years. While demand from industries involved in crop and animal production has risen steadily, fluctuations in the price of fertilizer and commercial feed were enough to stifle overall revenue growth during the period. Over the next five years, the industry is expected to continue to face volatility due to shifts in the price of inputs. Demand from key downstream industries involved in crop and animal production will strengthen as the overall economy improves and individuals spend more on food items. Nevertheless, commodity markets will continue to stifle steady revenue growth... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
The Farm Supplies Wholesaling industry exhibits a high level of capital intensity; for every dollar spent on employee wages, $2.59 is spent on technology. Capital intensity has increased over the past five years as the industry becomes increasingly automated. Operators have adopted new technologies to help streamline the wholesaling process. For instance, technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID) are used to track orders and inventory levels, limiting the need for labour.
At the same time, workers' functions are shifting away from labour-intensive stocking and packaging activities toward customer relations... purchase to read more