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
Buyer - Retail
Buyer - Wholesale
Taster and Buyer - Beverages
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code found next to the name of the career is a 4-digit code that classifies occupations by different skill types and skill levels.
The information on careers is adapted from Canadian Occupational Projection System, a project by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, which uses annual data to analyze trends in labour.
© Canadian Occupational Projection System, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2011.
© JobFutures, Labour Force Survey, 2006.
© National Occupational Classification, Human Resources Skills and Development Canada, 2006.
© Working in Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2009.