Cosmetic and Beauty Supply Stores

Cosmetic and Beauty Supply Stores

Overview

The 7,700 cosmetic and beauty supply firms in the US operate 16,300 stores that sell cosmetics, perfumes, toiletries, and personal grooming products. Stores may carry a wide selection of products or a limited number of brands or categories. Some stores offer salon services. Full-service or exclusive distributors serve salons and salon professionals by selling “salon-only” or “professional-only” products at wholesale prices. Open-line stores serve retail consumers and salon professionals and carry a mix of products. The industry includes national and regional chains, franchises, and independent operators.

Competition from Alternative Sources

Cosmetic and beauty supply stores compete with a variety of alternative sources, including traditional retailers (mass merchandisers, drug stores, department stores, supermarkets), salons, direct sales organizations, manufacturer-operated retailers, home shopping networks, and Internet-only retailers.

Trends and Fads

Fashion-related trends and fads drive demand for new cosmetics and beauty supplies.