This Market Intelligence Report focuses on the office supplies distributor marketplace in the United States from a supply chain sourcing perspective. Office supplies include a wide variety of manufactured goods made from different materials, including paper, plastics, steel, and others ranging from paper and paper forms and envelopes to software, printers, calculators, and telephones. Primarily a concentrated industry, office supplies has a well developed supplier base. The office supplies category has high product segmentation and serves primarily industrial, commercial, and government markets. The demand for office supplies is generated by various upstream, midstream or downstream industries with primary drivers including economic growth and activity and number of people in the workforce. Key costs around the office supplies category include inventory (paper, stationery, notepads, pens, markers, pencils, computer peripherals and accessories), labor and transportation costs. The major trends in this industry include offering a line of green products, among others. The risk outlook for the office supplies industry is deteriorating based on the macroeconomic environment. Category management best practices around the office supplies industry include strategic sourcing practices.
Starting with detailed background information to provide category context, this report provides insight into the market drivers around demand and key costs, including both historical and forecasted commodity pricing. The supply base section covers the top suppliers, including high-level overviews and market news. The report presents the NAICS category cost structure and historical, current and future pricing curves. The trend section reports new and emerging industry directions. Regulatory considerations include developing governmental initiatives. Risk outlooks offer a view into upstream drivers that could adversely affect the industry and category. Insights and Best Practices share winning strategies around the management and sourcing of this category.