Fitting out: The industry has had to adapt operations in response to wholesale bypass

Operators in the Textile Wholesaling industry have struggled with challenging operating conditions over the past five years. Textile manufacturers, both at home and abroad, have increasingly begun to sell their products directly to clients, and this wholesale bypass has negatively affected the industry. The development of e-commerce platforms has increased this competitive threat by allowing retailers to easily obtain stock from foreign manufacturers over the internet. Operators have had to make efficiency improvements in order to reduce lead times and become more competitive, and have also implemented greater quality checks and instigated labour more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has faced substantial competition and wholesale bypass over recent years
  • Firms have adapted their operations as fast fashion shortened supply chains
  • Niche markets for high-end products are expected to be particularly important sources of growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    Since it is highly fragmented and there are no significant major players, the Textile Wholesaling industry is considered to have a low level of market share concentration. Together, the top four players in the industry are estimated to account for just 6.7% of the market in 2018-19. The largest operator in the industry, Turner Bianca, accounts for just 3% of industry revenue. Wholesalers that sell products with wide margins to premium and luxury markets naturally have a stronger position than enterprises that distribute unbranded or low-quality merchandise. However, the sheer volume of players and intense competition keeps concentration down so that no one player dominates the market. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 85.5% o...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Textile Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Ability to avoid wholesale bypass
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from department stores and Demand from furniture, lighting and homeware retailers in the Textile Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Textile Wholesaling Industry?

    Firms in this industry wholesale various textile products, including yarn, thread, fabric, cloth, household linen and haberdashery. The industry excludes textile fibre wholesaling.

    Industry Products
  • Yarn
  • Fabric and cloth
  • Bed linen
  • Soft furnishings
  • Other household linen
  • Haberdashery
  • Other textile products
  • Industry Activities
  • Yarn and thread wholesaling
  • Fabric and cloth wholesaling
  • Household linen wholesaling
  • Haberdashery wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from department stores
  • Demand from furniture, lighting and homeware retailers
  • Demand from household textile and soft furnishing manufacturing
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • World price of cotton

  • Current Performance
  • Sourcing trends
  • Fast fashion
  • A loose thread
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Fashioning the future
  • Bespoke fit
  • Frayed margins
  • Table: Textile Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Textile Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Textile Weaving & Finishing
  • Household Textile & Soft Furnishing Manufacturing
  • Clothing Manufacturing
  • Department Stores
  • Carpet, Rug & Curtain Retailers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Household Textile & Soft Furnishing Manufacturing
  • Preparation and Spinning of Textile Fibres
  • Textile Weaving & Finishing

  • Products & Services
  • Fabric and cloth
  • Bed linen
  • Other household linen
  • Soft furnishings
  • Yarn
  • Haberdashery
  • Other textile products
  • Chart: Textile Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Department stores
  • Specialist retailers
  • Manufacturers
  • Online retailers
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Textile Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Textile Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Textile 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 Textile 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 Textile Wholesaling 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
  • Small items used in sewing or a store that sells such items.
  • Soft Furnishings
  • Textile products that are generally used to decorate homes, such as cushions, curtains, blinds and furniture covers.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • When retailers purchase directly from manufacturers, cutting out wholesalers.
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