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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Office Supply Stores

Overview: the U.S. Office Supply Stores Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Office Supply Stores: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Office Supply Stores industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Furniture, Sleep Equipment & Outdoor/Patio Furniture

New & Used Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies, Including Computer Game Software & Tablet Computers

All Other Merchandise

Stationery Products

Office Paper, Including Computer Printer, Copier, Fax, & Typewriter Cut Sheet Paper

Office, School, & Packaging Supplies

Office Equipment

All Nonmerchandise Receipts

Printing Or Engraving To Order

All Other Nonmerchandise Receipts

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Office Supply Stores Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Office Supply Stores companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

example price index trendline

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Office Supply Stores company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Office Supply Stores industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Office Supply Stores measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 3%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers2%
Sales and Related Occupations 76%
Supervisors of Sales Workers 10%
First-Line Supervisors of Sales Workers 10%
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 10%
Retail Sales Workers 64%
Cashiers 12%
Cashiers 12%
Retail Salespersons 49%
Retail Salespersons 49%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 11%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Office Supply Stores Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Innovative Office Products trademarks "WINSTON LIFT" - articulating arm-based sit-stand workstation - 03/02/2018
  • Paper Source trademarks "BALLOON SPOT" - Retail store providing services for inflating and arranging decorative balloons - 03/02/2018
  • Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.s.a. trademarks "PRECISION LABEL SERIES" - Printing presses; digital label presses - 02/16/2018
  • Innovative Office Products patents Electric Sit-stand Workstation With Display Support Apparatus - 07/20/2017
  • Staples patents Transactional, Digital Image-based Asynchronous Electronic Communication - 05/25/2017
  • Regency Seating patents Storage Receptacle Stacking System - 01/26/2017
  • American Solutions For Business raises $4 million in funding. - 07/12/2016
  • Officemax raises $82 million in funding. - 11/13/2009

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    American Covers145
    Innovative Office Products45

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • South Tampa Sam's Club is shuttered as company announces nationwide closures - The closure of the South Tampa location stunned customers who arrived Thursday expecting to find roast chicken and office supplies but instead got a note on a door and unsettling rumors. "This is a bad move," declared Sofia Pohlmeyer of South Tampa ... (01/12/2018)
    • The Best Office Desk Drawer is Stocked for Whatever Disaster Life Throws at You - So here’s our big tip: clear out a full drawer in your desk and stock it with essential items that will help you maintain your reputation as the most suave guy at the office. Having the occasional off day is normal—being prepared for it is what ... (01/12/2018)
    • Vanderbilt donates office supplies to local charity - Vanderbilt recently made a donation to LP Pencil Box, a nonprofit that distributes donated office supplies to Metro Nashville Public Schools. Part of the Pencil Foundation, LP Pencil Box ensures that classrooms are fully stocked. This donation-based ... (01/10/2018)
    • The Inner Lives of My Office Supplies - The dysfunctional family that is our HI-LITER collection: We all know that Yellow is the favorite. They use her so often they’ve nearly bled her dry. It makes us jealous, and even she would like a break. Can’t they hear her groan each time they scrape ... (01/09/2018)
    • Acquisitive Penketh Group swoops for office supplies business - Bespoke office interiors firm the Penketh Group, which has offices in Wirral and Manchester, has acquired a North West photocopier and office supplies business as part of its ambitious growth plans. The company has bought Wirral-based Currie Business ... (01/03/2018)
    • Office Depot, Inc. Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer - About Office Depot, Inc. Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform. The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 ... (01/03/2018)
    • What are your favorite office supplies? - The holidays are over, and most of us are back at the office. We’ve asked you in the past about your “work uniform” and your primary work computer. And after seeing this question on Corporette, we’d like to ask you the same one: What are your ... (01/03/2018)
    • Has Dog Office Supplies to Brighten Up Your Workspace in the New Year - We love these fun office products from that remind us of our furry friends while we work. The cute, little, Pug-shaped Midori D-Clips Paper Clips add a touch of whimsy to daily tasks. They’re available in both black and gold finishes and come ... (01/02/2018)
    • 20 Classy Office Upgrades for Under $30 - To the rescue: lots of coffee and a fresh batch of office supplies that don't look like they came from the supply closet (because they didn't!), all for less than $30 apiece. They clip, they staple, they draw, they file, they measure, they tape—and more. (01/01/2018)
    • These Inexpensive Office Supplies Will Get You Excited About Work - If you like pina’ll love this adorable golden pencil holder. It’s a small touch that will add some fun to your workspace—and it may even have you reaching for your pencils a little more frequently. To buy: $16; (12/29/2017)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $54,907,926 on Office Supply Stores. It has awarded 5,130 contracts to 271 companies, with an average value of $202,612 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

    Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Office Supply Stores to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

    The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

    Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Office Supply StoresOpportunity/Threat
    Radio, Television & Electronics Stores
    Mail-Order Houses
    Online (Internet) Shopping
    Computer & Software Stores
    Warehouse Clubs, Supercenters & Big Box Retail Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies are less than those from Office Supply Stores. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies Product Sales Report

    Office & School Supplies
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Office Supply StoresOpportunity/Threat
    Mail-Order Houses Competing industry
    Warehouse Clubs, Supercenters & Big Box Retail Competing industry
    Online (Internet) Shopping Competing industry
    Discount Department Stores Competing industry
    Radio, Television & Electronics Stores Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Office & School Supplies are less than those from Office Supply Stores. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Office & School Supplies sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Office & School Supplies Product Sales Report

    Office Paper, Including Computer, Copier, Fax & Typewriter Paper
    Office Paper, Including Computer, Copier, Fax & Typewriter Paper Product Sales Report

    Stationery Products
    Stationery Products Product Sales Report

    Furniture, Sleep Equipment & Outdoor/Patio Furniture
    Furniture, Sleep Equipment & Outdoor/Patio Furniture Product Sales Report

    Office Equipment
    Office Equipment Product Sales Report

    Photographic Equipment & Supplies
    Photographic Equipment & Supplies Product Sales Report

    Kitchenware & Home Furnishings
    Kitchenware & Home Furnishings Product Sales Report

    Greeting Cards
    Greeting Cards Product Sales Report

    Segments classified within this market research report

    This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
    Stationery stores, School supply stores, Office supply stores, etc.

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