Stacking together: Wider membership of symbol groups helps stores to compete more effectively

The Convenience Stores industry sells an extensive selection of products, including chilled food, tobacco, frozen products, toiletries and various other household goods. Industry establishments fall into two categories: non-affiliated independent retailers and symbol group-affiliated franchises. Over the five years through 2018-19, industry revenue is anticipated to increase at a compound annual rate of 2%. Over the same period, changing consumer spending patterns, particularly in terms of top-up shopping, have supported revenue growth. However, the industry has faced increasing competitive pressures from discount chains and supermarkets, with the latter particularly constraining revenue more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Membership of symbol groups has helped firms to compete with express supermarkets
  • Competition has intensified with the rising prominence of discount supermarkets
  • Operators are expected to undertake a number of initiatives to offer more complementary services
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The barriers to entering the industry have traditionally been low. Stock is readily available from a large range of suppliers and there are also a number of symbol groups available for new entrants to join. In addition, it is relatively easy to employ staff and average wages are low. However, barriers to entry are expected to steadily increase over the five years through 2018-19 as enterprises consolidate to create larger companies with greater buying power and supermarkets further encroach on the industry’s customers, making it more difficult for prospective entrants to establish themselves. There is also a relatively low level of product differentiation and lower customer loyalty compared with the wider grocery retailing sector...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Convenience Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Convenience Stores Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household disposable income and Total online expenditure in the Convenience Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Convenience Stores Industry?

    Convenience stores offer a wide variety of goods including tobacco, groceries and magazines. For a convenience store to be defined as such it must satisfy the following criteria: the size of the establishment must be under 3,000 square feet, it must not be subject to restricted opening hours under the Sunday Trading Act and it must not be positioned on a petrol station forecourt or centrally managed by a supermarket chain.

    Industry Products
  • Tobacco
  • Chilled food
  • Alcohol
  • Tinned and packaged food
  • Milk and soft drinks
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Bread and bakery goods
  • Industry Activities
  • Selling bakery goods
  • Selling canned and packaged grocery items
  • Selling chilled and frozen food
  • Selling confectionery
  • Selling savoury snacks
  • Selling fruit and vegetables
  • Selling soft drinks
  • Selling alcoholic beverages
  • Selling tobacco
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Total online expenditure
  • Urban population
  • National minimum wage
  • Fuel prices

  • Current Performance
  • Consumer tastes
  • Puffing away
  • Important affiliations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Wages and employment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Mini supermarkets
  • Boosting footfall
  • Establishment expansion
  • Confidence shaken
  • Table: Convenience Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Convenience Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Dairy Product, Egg & Edible Oil Wholesaling
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Juice, Mineral Water & Soft Drink Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Other
  • Tobacco
  • Chilled food
  • Alcohol
  • Milk and soft drinks
  • Tinned and packaged food
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Bread and bakery goods
  • Chart: Convenience Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 25 and 44
  • People aged between 45 and 64
  • People aged 24 and under
  • People aged 65 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Convenience Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRentUtilities, depreciation and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Convenience Stores

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Convenience Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Spar (UK) Limited, Nisa Retail Limited, Booker Group Ltd,
  • Table: Spar (UK) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Nisa Retail Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Booker Group Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Convenience Stores 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 Convenience Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • The online retail of grocery items.
  • Non-Affiliated Independent Retailers
  • These stores are not members of symbol groups. They own the brand under which they trade.
  • Symbol Group
  • As with a franchise, symbol groups do not own their members' establishments. Instead they act as suppliers and offer some assistance with branding and administration.
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