Office Supply & Paper Wholesalers Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 10/21/2019
SIC Codes: 5112
NAICS Codes: 424120
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Companies in this industry distribute paper products and other office supplies. Major companies include Staples subsidiary Essendant, SP Richards (a subsidiary of Genuine Parts), and the distribution arms of retailers Office Depot and Staples (all based in the US), as well as Pelikan (Germany), Lyreco and Manutan International (France), and Spicers (UK and Australia).

The global office supplies market is projected to grow from $235 billion in 2017 to $247 billion by 2020, according to procurement intelligence firm Beroe. Worldwide, countries with strong economies tend to have the highest number of office supply distributors. Developing countries where new businesses are being created, such as China and India, will attract more office supply distributors as demand for office products increases.

The US office supply and paper wholesale industry includes about 4,350 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with annual revenue of about $39 billion.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Demand is closely tied to the level of business activity. However, workplace digitization is depressing demand for traditional office products. To compensate, SP Richards, Office Depot and other office products distributors are expanding beyond their traditional offerings, adding janitorial and breakroom supplies, among other products, and providing value-added services for customers. For example, Office Depot entered the managed IT services market in 2017 with its $1 billion acquisition of CompuCom.

The convenience and large economies of scale offered by ordering office supplies online from dealers ...

 
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