(NOC 6222)

Career Description

Retail and wholesale buyers buy merchandise for resale by retail or wholesale establishments and are usually responsible for the merchandising operations of retail or wholesale establishments. Retail and wholesale buyers who are supervisors and those who are assistants are included in this unit group.

Duties May Include

  • Purchase merchandise for resale by retail or wholesale establishments
  • Review requirements of establishment and determine quantity and type of merchandise to purchase
  • Study market reports, trade periodicals and sales promotion materials and visit trade shows, showrooms, factories and product design events
  • Select the merchandise which best fits the establishment's requirements
  • Interview suppliers and negotiate prices, discounts, credit terms and transportation arrangements
  • Oversee distribution of merchandise to outlets and maintain adequate stock levels
  • Establish and maintain contact with suppliers
  • May supervise the work of other retail buyers.

Retail and wholesale buyers may specialize in a particular merchandise line.

Examples of Titles

Appliance Buyer
Assistant buyer
Beverage taster and buyer
Buyer - Retail
Buyer - Wholesale
Chief buyer
Clothing Buyer
Food Buyer
Produce buyer

Where They Work

Retail and wholesale buyers are employed by retailers and wholesalers.

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Modified on February 24, 2020