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School Supply Stores and Distributors

SIC 5943 & 5049 | NAICS 453210 & 423490

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Office & School Supply Stores  (view report)
School Supplies Wholesaling  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth 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:

  • Market size, product segments, and major markets
  • Key statistics, market trends, and external drivers
  • Operating conditions and current performance
  • Competitive landscape and environment
  • Major company profiles and market shares
  • Five-year outlook and revenue forecast

Fahy-Williams Publishing Inc.
Education Dealer / archive

Bimonthly magazine features news and information for school supply dealers, office supplies stores, and specialty toy stores, with topics addressed in various issues including industry news and trends, retailing advice and tips, merchandise display ideas, new product reviews, and dealer interviews and profiles. Digital editions are available free online, with free subscription available to qualifying parties.

Education Market Association
Publications available from this trade association include:

Essentials Magazine / archive
Quarterly trade publication features news and information for the school supply industry, with special features including the "Annual State of the Education Products Marketplace" issue which addresses topics such as K-12 student enrollments, classroom budgets and teacher spending, and construction spending costs. Publication is available to members only; archived past issues can be viewed online.

Annual State of the Education Products Marketplace
Annual state of the industry report addresses current trends in the educational products marketplace, with topics covered in recent editions including public and charter schools' role in education, teacher purchasing behaviors and budgets, quarterly school marketers' survey, population changes affecting enrollment, state educational rankings, construction costs and spending, and capital projects funding.

Simba Information
Publication available from this organization include:

The Complete K-12 Report
Comprehensive market research report provides detailed coverage of the K-12 educational products market, with "Chapter Three: Annual Industry Survey of the Supplemental Market Segment" focused on the supplemental educational products market which includes supplemental instruction materials, consumable school supplies, and furniture and equipment. Table of contents is available free online.

Supplemental Products Market
Market survey report provides detailed information on the supplemental educational products market, with information provided including market size by product segment (e.g., supplemental instructional materials, consumable school supplies, and hardware, furniture, fixtures, and equipment), channels, core subject area (e.g., reading, mathematics, science, and social studies), and product application.

Mintel Group Ltd.
Back to School Shopping - US

Consumer research report provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. back-to-school shopping market for K-12 and college students, with various topics covered in the report including market size and trends, key factors affecting demand, shopping participation, retailers shopped, product focus and priorities, attitudes toward back-to-school shopping, shopping influencers, and desired areas for improvement.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
School Supply Stores  Search for "453210"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level including:

  • Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Office Supply Stores / School Supplies Wholesaling
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of sales for firms that sell teaching aids (e.g., flashcards, posters, and worksheets), office supplies (e.g., art supplies, tape, glue, rulers, scissors, and staplers), writing instruments (e.g., pens, pencils, markers, and highlighters), and loose-leaf paper, notebooks, folders, and ring binders.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Educational Products Store / Wholesale / wholesale

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for various job positions in the retail and wholesale sectors such as sales operations manager, territorial sales representative, store manager, marketing manager, general merchandise manager, and senior curriculum developer, with employers for which this data is provided including The Douglas Stewart Co., Inc. and GL Group, Inc.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for personnel employed in this retail sector which includes firms that sell teaching aids (e.g., posters, flashcards, and worksheets), office supplies (e.g., erasers, tape, glue, rulers, scissors, and staplers), writing instruments (e.g., pens, markers), and loose-leaf paper, notebooks, folders, and ring binders.

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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data

Interactive database provides detailed transaction data for over 38,000 private and public companies sold for prices ranging from under $250,000 to over $500,000,000, with valuation measures provided including market value of invested capital as a multiple of revenue, gross profit, EBIT, EBITDA, SDE, and book value of invested capital. User guide, free webinar, and sample reports are available online.

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