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Industrial Supplies Distributors – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 5085  |  NAICS 423840

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Industrial Supplies Distributors  (view report)
Industrial Equipment Distributors  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Direct Business Media, LLC
Industrial Supply Magazine

Bimonthly magazine provides news, information, and analysis for industrial distributors, with editorial content categories in each issue including distribution solutions, supplier round table, market outlook, training, new products, and trade shows and events and special reports including the annual "Top 20 Distributor List" published in the September/October issue. Digital editions can be viewed free online.

Industrial Media, LLC
Industrial Distribution Magazine

Bimonthly trade journal features news and information for industrial distributors, with special features including its annual "Salary Report" covering executive, mid-level management, and sales personnel and its "Big 50 List" which ranks the top distributors by annual sales and also includes information on the number of locations and employees for each distributor. Digital edition can be viewed free online.

Institute for Supply Management
Inside Supply Management Magazine / ISM-Reports

Bimonthly magazine provides news, information, and analysis for supply management professionals, with special reports including the annual "Economic Outlook" report (Jan./Feb. issue), the "Year-End Recap" report (Nov./Dec. issue), and the "ISM Reports on Business® - Manufacturing and Services" included in each issue of the magazine. Selected articles from past issues can be viewed free online.

Industrial Supply Association
Resources available from this trade association include:

ISA Advisor
Quarterly economic forecast report published by ITR Economics provides a macroeconomic outlook for the U.S. economy as a whole and provides additional analysis for specific sectors, with industries covered in the sector analysis including retail sales, wholesale trade, auto production, manufacturing, rotary rig, nondefense capital goods orders, nonresidential construction, and residential construction.

Top Line Pulse
Interactive online dashboard allows users compare to their sales trends with their peers and selected industry indexes (e.g., industrial production index, chemical products production, industrial machinery production, durable manufacturing production, electrical equipment production) for the current month vs. prior month and same month prior year, and year-to-date vs. same month year-to-date prior year.

Modern Distribution Management
Economic Benchmarks for Wholesale Distribution: Industrial Sector

Annual report provides historical trend statistics and forecasts for revenue, purchases, gross margin, inventory, employment, and wages for this sector and twenty subsectors, with industries covered by the subsector analysis including aircraft and aeronautical equipment and supplies, material handling equipment and parts, construction machinery and equipment, and janitorial equipment and supplies.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Industrial Supplies Distributors  Search for "423840" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Industrial Supplies Distributors  Search for "423840" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Industrial Supplies Distributors
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

ISA Distributor Analytics
Annual Performance Report

Interactive online tool allows distributors to compare their firm's financial and operating performance with other participating distributors based on organization type, annual revenues, level of profitability, number of FTE employees, number of locations, and other selected criteria, with financial information provided in the report including detailed income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Industrial Supply Association
ISA Employee Compensation Report

Biennial compensation report provides a detailed analysis of executive and employee compensation, with data provided for each position including salary, total compensation, and bonus as a percentage of salary for the typical U.S. distributor, the typical ISA distributor, and by sales range for distributors with sales below $15 million, sales between $15 million and $50 million, and sales above $50 million.

Institute for Supply Management
ISM Salary Survey

Annual salary survey provides compensation data for supply management professionals, with survey data broken out by gender, years of work experience, education level, certification status, geographic region, and other selected criteria, and job positions covered including executive vice president, chief purchasing officer, vice president, director, and manager. Selected results can be viewed free online.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 5085 - Industrial Supplies
  NAICS Code 423840 - Industrial Supplies Wholesalers
Types of establishments included in these codes
Welding equipment and supplies distributors - establishments focused on the wholesale distribution of welding equipment, tools, and supplies used in welding processes, such as welding machines, cleaning tools, and electrodes, rods, and other consumables.
Abrasives and cutting tools wholesalers - establishments primarily engaged in wholesale distribution of abrasives, cutting tools, and related equipment used to grind, polish, cut, and shape materials in the metalworking, woodworking, and construction industries.
Industrial safety equipment distributors - establishments that specialize in the distribution of safety equipment and supplies used in industrial environments, including air monitors, gas detectors, spill cleanup kits, personal protective equipment, and first aid supplies.
Industrial cleaning and maintenance supplies wholesalers - establishments that distribute cleaning and maintenance supplies for industrial settings, including cleaning chemicals, janitorial supplies, absorbent spill control kits, and lubricants, sealants, and adhesives.
Industrial fastener distributors - establishments primarily involved in distributing industrial fasteners, including screws, bolts, nuts, and rivets, used in construction, manufacturing, and maintenance applications for mechanically joining or securing materials together.
Adhesives and sealants wholesalers - establishments that primarily wholesale adhesives, sealants, and bonding solutions, including epoxy, silicone, and butyl compounds, used in construction, manufacturing, and maintenance applications to join or seal materials.
Paints and coatings distributors - establishments specializing in the distribution of paints, coatings, and related products used to protect, enhance, decorate, or provide specific functionalities to surfaces of materials used in a wide range of industrial applications.
Industrial lubricants and fluids wholesalers - establishments focused on the wholesaling lubricants and fluids used in industrial settings, including lubricating oils, greases, heat transfer fluids, metal machining fluids, specialty usage fluids, and lubricant additives.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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Related Industries:
Cleaning and Janitorial Supplies Distributors
Electrical Supplies Distributors
Material Handling Equipment Dealers
Safety Equipment Distributors


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