Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Textile Wholesaling industry has struggled against challenging conditions in recent years, with industry employment declining over the past five years. Operators have been suffering from intensified competition along the supply chain for the provision of textiles from both manufacturers of textile products at home and abroad. The development of e-commerce platforms has increased this competitive threat by allowing retailers to obtain stock from foreign manufacturers over the internet with minimum hassle. However, the devaluation of the pound in the current year is expected to mitigate this slightly. Operators have had to make efficiency improvements in order to reduce lead times and become more competitive. Changes include quality checks and labour reductions... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
In line with other wholesaling industries, establishments in the Textile Wholesaling industry are primarily located close to major retailers and distributors, which are in turn predominantly situated around major population clusters and areas where household wealth and incomes are relatively high. Proximity to head offices of major customers such as corporations is also important. The distance between major market segments can be critical, because it impacts transportation costs and the time for products to reach clients. Industry establishments are particularly concentrated in four regions: London, the North West, East Midlands and Yorkshire.
London is estimated to account for the largest share of industry establishment with 29.2% of the total. The.. purchase to read more