Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Construction Supplies Wholesaling industry covers a wide range of products. The industry is contested by large-scale, multi-branch companies with operations spanning manufacturing, wholesaling and by small-scale independent timber merchants and aggregate suppliers.
The industry is being affected by wholesale bypass, which involves manufacturers supplying products directly to retailers and leaving wholesalers out of the supply chain. Through this process, manufacturers can reduce their costs and supply products to the final consumer quicker. The industry's performance since the mid-2000s has principally been affected by a slump in demand from the downstream building markets that accompanied the severe economic recession... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
This industry works as a middleman, or go-between, for building supplies. As such, the principal requirement of businesses is the ability to hold stock (capital) and move it (labour). This industry generally requires substantial storage and distribution facilities, some customer access areas and showrooms, which are generally located close to the major population centres. The bulk of industry value added comes from the labour input into sourcing goods and establishing strong distribution channels.
Labour costs comprise a relatively minor share of total industry revenue (15% in 2013-14), with the labour input generally involving low- to medium-skilled tasks, such as processing orders and monitoring stock levels, forklift operation, cutting product to length and transporting orders... purchase to read more