Retail and wholesale buyers buy merchandise for resale by retail and wholesale establishments and are usually responsible for the merchandising operations of retail and wholesale establishments.
Retail and wholesale buyers perform some or all of the following duties:
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;
Supervise the work of other retail buyers.
Retail and wholesale buyers may specialize in a particular merchandise line.
Buyer - Retail
Buyer - Wholesale
Taster and Buyer - Beverages
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