In bloom: Revenue is expected to expand for the second consecutive year after a period of decline

The Flower and Plant Wholesaling industry has faced a challenging five years through 2016-17. Numerous factors have contributed to this poor performance, particularly at the start of the period, including the increasing prevalence of wholesale bypass and some consumers wilted under financial pressure and stopped purchasing flowers entirely, exchanging them for cheaper alternative gifts. Plants and flowers are highly discretionary items, which means the industry has been exposed to the abrupt changes in consumer confidence and spending that have occurred during the past five years. Over much of the period, many consumers switched from specialist florists to non-specialist retailers such as more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry revenue has been hit by wholesale bypass, though it is expected to grow in 2016-17
  • Wholesale bypass has been a significant competitive threat over the five-year period through 2016-17
  • The depreciation of the pound following the EU referendum is expected to threaten operators' margins
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    Flower and plant wholesaling requires a low level of capital investment, as measured by the capital-to-labour ratio. In 2016-17, IBISWorld estimates that the capital-to-labour ratio in the industry is 1:9.08. This suggests for every £1.00 they invest in capital, £9.08 is spent on labour. This reflects how labour-intensive this industry is compared to other industries in the wholesaling sector since stock people, sales staff, drivers and marketing professionals are all needed to carry out daily functions. It also illustrates the industry’s need for warehousing and cool storage facilities, modern packing facilities and an extensive fleet of trucks for distribution. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Flower & Plant Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Flower & Plant Wholesaling Industry are

  • Proximity to key suppliers
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ability to avoid wholesale bypass
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer confidence index and Demand from florists in the Flower & Plant Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Flower & Plant Wholesaling Industry?

    Businesses in this industry purchase flowers, plants and bulbs from growers and sell them to retail outlets such as supermarkets, garden centres and home improvement stores.

    Industry Products
  • Flowers and bulbs grown outside
  • Other hardy ornamental nursery stock
  • HONS: shrubs
  • HONS: container-grown plants and flowers
  • Protected crops: bulbs, cut flowers and pot plants
  • Protected crops: bedding plants
  • Industry Activities
  • Supplying flowers to outlets
  • Supplying plants and other nursery stock to outlets
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Demand from florists
  • Demand from garden centres and pet shops
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Public concern over environmental issues

  • Current Performance
  • Pruned performance
  • Growing competition
  • Wilting numbers
  • Budding business models
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Import concerns
  • New growth pathways
  • Table: Flower & Plant Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Flower & Plant Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Garden Centres & Pet Shops
  • Specialised Design Activities
  • Funeral Activities

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chain, Spring & Wire Product Manufacturing
  • Flower & Plant Growing
  • Manufacture of Other Articles of Concrete, Plaster and Cement
  • Manufacture of Other Products of Wood; Manufacture of Articles of Cork, Straw and Plaiting Materials

  • Products & Services
  • HONS: container-grown plants and flowers
  • Protected crops: bedding plants
  • Protected crops: bulbs, cut flowers and pot plants
  • Other hardy ornamental nursery stock
  • HONS: shrubs
  • Flowers and bulbs grown outside
  • Chart: Flower & Plant Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Disposable income
  • Residential trends
  • Substitute products and seasonality

  • Major Markets
  • Florists
  • Nurseries and garden centres
  • Landscapers
  • Supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Home improvement stores
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Flower & Plant Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesWarehouse, utilities and distribution costsOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Flower & Plant Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Flower & Plant Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Flower & Plant 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 Flower & Plant Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Fair Trade
  • A movement towards eliminating worker exploitation in developing countries by achieving better economic conditions and compensation for them.
  • Urban Greening
  • Urban greening solutions include installing ivy screens, green facades and living hoardings in urbanised areas such as cities.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A common trend in retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to retailers, eliminating the middleman.
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