World Footwear


Cost of merchandise and raw materials is the main concern of the industry

Cost of merchandise and raw materials is the main concern of the industry
In the current edition of World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, problems associated with the cost of merchandise and raw materials account for more than 80% of responses relating to the main difficulties felt by the footwear industry
This concern is shared by every line of business, but it seems more important to footwear manufacturers than to footwear traders.

Additionally, all respondents in North America mentioned the cost of merchandise as a source of concern, while in other continents this is also a relevant difficulty with percentages between 75% in South America and Africa and 85% in Asia.

Also at the top of the difficulties faced by the footwear business is the persistence of “insufficient demand”, both in international markets and at home, accounting for 41% and 42% of answers, respectively. The concern with insufficient demand in international markets is more evident in Asia (70%), while insufficient demand in home markets reaches a higher percentage of responses in Europe (49%).

Human resource problems (38%) now seem more concerning than financial difficulties (26%).

Problems associated with competition in the domestic and foreign markets are less relevant in this edition, as are difficulties associated with taxes, regulatory requirements, lack of adequate equipment or legal obstacles to trade, as well as weather conditions.

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About Survey

About the Survey
In 2019 the World Footwear has created the World Footwear' expert panel and is now conducting a Business Conditions Survey every semester.

The objective of the World Footwear Experts Panel Survey is to collect information regarding the current business conditions within the worldwide footwear markets and then to redistribute such information in a way it will provide an accurate overview of the situation of the global footwear industry.

The seventh edition of this online survey was conducted during the month of November 2022. We have obtained 91 valid answers, 57% coming from Europe, 22% from Asia, 8% and 9% from North and South America, respectively, and 4% from Africa. About 30% of the respondents are involved in footwear manufacturing (manufacturers), 18% in footwear trade and distribution (traders), and 52% in other footwear-related activities such as trade associations, consultancy, journalism, etc (others).

Previous Editions of this Bulletin can be found HERE