Office Supply Stores Report Summary

SIC Codes: 5943
NAICS Codes: 453210

Office Supply Stores Industry Overview

Excerpt from Office Supply Stores Report

Companies in this industry sell a wide range of office supplies to businesses and consumers and may perform some business-related services. Major companies based in the US include Office Depot and Staples. Large international office supply companies include Herlitz and Otto Office (both based in Germany), Lyreco and Manutan International (both in France), Officeworks (Australia), and Ryman (UK).

Competitive Landscape

Demand is driven by the level of business activity. The profitability of individual companies depends on effective merchandising and an efficient distribution model. Large companies have economies of scale in purchasing and the ability to stock wider ranges of products. Small companies can compete by providing superior customer service and by offering specialty items. The US industry is highly concentrated: the 50 largest companies account for more than 80 percent of industry revenue.

Products, Operations & Technology

Major product categories include computer hardware, software and supplies (27 percent), office paper (14 percent), stationery (12 percent), and furniture (8 percent). Many larger office supply retailers also offer technology assistance and copy and printing services.