(NOC 6233)

Career Description

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.

Duties May Include

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.

Examples of Titles

Appliance Buyer
Buyer - Retail
Buyer - Wholesale
Clothing Buyer
Food Buyer
Senior Buyer
Taster and Buyer - Beverages

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

University of Guelph-Humber
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Business Bachelor; Honours
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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Business – Marketing Diploma
Business Marketing Management (Part-time) Certificate
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Booth University College
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA

Related Program(s):
Bachelor of Business Administration - Marketing and Communications Bachelor
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Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
International Marketing and Trade Bachelor; Honours
Marketing Bachelor; Honours
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University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Marketing Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Modified on May 15, 2012