Wholesale Trade


  • Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
  • Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers

Wholesale implies the sale of goods in quantity, in particular as to retailers or jobbers, for resale. The wholesale market provides an intermediary method for a collection of otherwise disparate goods into an organized single-batch shipment to a given end-user.

A wholesale organization may specialize in a particular type of good, or may organized geographically. Because regulations vary state-to-state, and certainly between nations, trade and legal compliance are imperative for segments of the wholesale trade. Special circumstances such as refrigeration requirements or delivery speed may influence logistics planning, storage and warehouse configuration, and staffing,

Some roles require special certification or training (such as driving a lift truck) – or may otherwise be specified in labor agreements. Talent management, shift work, and crew organization may require special attention.

Wholesalers may physically assemble, sort and grade goods in large lots, break bulk, repack and redistribute in smaller lots.

wholesale-trade-diagramWholesalers are a key component of an overall supply chain – spanning all movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point-of-origin to point-of-consumption. Because of the wholesalers position within the extended supply chain, there are many opportunities to distinguish the services through exceptional inventory management systems, tracking systems, and material movement management reporting.

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