Paper trails: Rising competition from electronic mediums and superstores 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. Despite declining demand, profit margins are projected to rise during the reporting period. However, volatile profit margins and heightened competition promoted company closures and mergers. Industry consolidation is projected to continue for the foreseeable future, and demand for traditional industry products is forecast to decline. Industry operators will have to maintain sales relationships with major clients to sustain revenue more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Volatile profit margins have promoted company closures and mergers
  • Low demand from retailers will cause industry revenue to decline
  • Sales of traditional stationery products is expected to decline
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Ink, toner and ribbonsInk, toner and ribbons is the largest product segment for this industry, estimated to account for 33.3% of the market in 2019. Demand is expected to have decreased at a lower rate compared with the other segments over the five years to 2019, taking shares from the traditionally dominant stationery product category due to technological innovation. Since documents can now be distributed among employees electronically without the need for a hard copy, interoffice communication using paper products decreased significantly. However, even though demand for toner has taken the majority of industry revenue in relation to the use of digital technology, more companies and individuals are environmentally consciousness. Com...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
  • Industry landscape
  • 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
  • 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,
  • Table: Veritiv Corporation - 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 (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)
  • Corporate profit (2010-2024)

  • 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
  • A 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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