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Warehouse Clubs & Superstores in the US Product Image

Warehouse Clubs & Superstores in the US

  • Published: April 2014
  • Region: United States
  • 10 pages
  • First Research

Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

Companies in this industry operate membership retail stores that sell groceries, health and beauty items, electronics, and other merchandise; the majority of items are in a larger size or bulk quantity. Major companies include Sam's Club (Wal-Mart); Costco Wholesale; BJ's Wholesale Club; and Meijer (all based in the US).

The US warehouse club and superstore industry includes about a dozen companies with some 4,000 stores and combined annual revenue of about $410 billion.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Demographics and small business growth drive demand, and spending in warehouse clubs generally resists economic cycles. The profitability of individual companies depends on high volume sales, low-cost purchasing, and efficient distribution. Large chains dominate the market due to advantages in purchasing, distribution, and finance. The US industry is highly concentrated: the top four companies account for more than 90 percent of revenue.

Warehouse clubs differ from superstores by requiring a membership to shop. Superstores typically offer a wide range of products, while warehouse clubs offer a limited selection. Both READ MORE >

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