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Online Alcohol Retailing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Online Alcohol Retailing Market Research Report | SIC UK0.018 | Mar 2017

Brewing growth: The continued expansion of internet services will support industry growth

IBISWorld’s Online Alcohol Retailing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Direct Wines Limited Direct Wines Limited market share
Ocado Group plc Ocado Group plc market share
The International Exhibition Co-operative Win The International Exhibition Co-operative Win market share
Virgin Wines Online Limited Virgin Wines Online Limited market share Limited Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • An improving economy has increased spending on industry products supporting strong growth
  • Rising household disposable income has led to higher expenditure on high-value alcoholic drinks
  • The further expansion of internet services is anticipated to support industry growth
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Online Alcohol Retailing industry encompasses a number of specialist online alcohol retailers and wine clubs that do not have physical storefronts. The industry is in its infancy and a large proportion of its operators have transitioned from mail order to internet businesses. Over the past five years, the industry has grown strongly. An increasing percentage of households with internet access has supported revenue growth. Despite falling levels of alcohol consumption per capita, an improving economy has led to consumers' expenditure on industry products increasing. Operators have benefited from drinkers turning to online retailers for easy access to more unusual and higher quality wines, craft beers and drinks from around the world... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Although online alcohol retailers do not have bricks-and-mortar retail locations, they still need offices and warehouses. Many industry operators choose to locate these near transport links to minimise transportation costs.

East of England

Online alcohol retailers are highly concentrated in the East of England. The East of England is estimated to account for 18.1% of industry establishments in the current year. This region is home to several major players such as Virgin Wines, Naked Wines and Direct Wines. Operators are drawn to this location due to its relatively low rent costs and good transport links with social hubs such as London.

The South East

The South East is estimated to account for 17% of industry establishments in the current year. Sim.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Online Alcohol Retailing Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Online Alcohol Retailing Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Having links with suppliers
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Alcohol consumption per capita and Demand from supermarkets in the Online Alcohol Retailing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Online Alcohol Retailing Industry?

    This industry covers companies that sell packaged beer, wine and spirits exclusively over the internet. It thus excludes firms that also have a bricks-and-mortar presence.

    Industry Products
    Industry Activities
    Selling alcohol through online and mobile portalsOperating wine clubs

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Alcohol consumption per capita
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • trade alcohol prices
  • Percentage of households with internet access
  • Real household disposable income
  • Current Performance
  • Online expansion
  • Wine societies
  • Alcohol duty
  • Consumer trends

    and preferences

  • Mild margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Referendum effect
  • Mobile commerce
  • Enterprises expand
  • Product trends
  • Table: Online Alcohol Retailing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Online Alcohol Retailing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling
  • Beer Production
  • Spirit Production
  • Wine Production
  • Products & Services
  • Wine
  • Spirits
  • Beer
  • Cider
  • Chart: Online Alcohol Retailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 26 and 40
  • People aged between 41 and 60
  • People aged 25 and younger
  • People aged 61 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Online Alcohol Retailing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Online Alcohol Retailing
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Online Alcohol Retailing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Direct Wines Limited
    The International Exhibition Co-operative Wine Society Ltd
    Ocado Group plc Limited
    Virgin Wine Online Limited
  • Table: Direct Wines Limited - financial performance
  • Table: The International Exhibition Co-operative Wine Society Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Ocado Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Virgin Wine Online Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Online Alcohol Retailing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Online Alcohol Retailing Industry
  • Includes:
  • 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
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • Describes stores that have a physical presence, in contrast to online retailers.
  • En Primeur
  • The practice of offering a customer the opportunity to invest in a particular wine before it is bottled.
  • M-Commerce
  • Commercial transactions conducted electronically by mobile phone.

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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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