62101 – Retail and wholesale buyers



62101 – Retail and wholesale buyers
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.

Index of titles
Appliance buyer
Assistant buyer
Beverage taster and buyer
Buyer - retail
Buyer - wholesale
Buyers supervisor
Cattle buyer
Chief buyer
Chief buyer - retail or wholesale
Clothing buyer
Food buyer
Fruit buyer
Fur buyer
Hardware buyer
Hog buyer
Livestock buyer
Log buyer
Lumber buyer
Meat buyer
Perishable food buyer
Pharmaceuticals buyer
Produce buyer
Retail buyer
Retail merchandiser
Salvage buyer
Scrap buyer
Senior buyer - retail or wholesale
Specialty food buyer
Timber buyer
Tobacco buyer
Wholesale buyer

Main duties
This group performs 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
May supervise the work of other retail buyers.

Employment requirements
A university degree or college diploma in business, marketing or a related program is usually required.
Completion of secondary school is required.
Previous work experience in retail or wholesale establishments is usually required.
Supervisors and senior buyers require experience in the occupation supervised or in a particular merchandise line.

Additional information
Progression to management positions in retail trade, sales, marketing or advertising is possible with additional training or experience.
Retail and wholesale buyers may specialize in a particular merchandise line.
Retail and wholesale buyers may specialize through experience or product-related training courses.

Procurement and purchasing agents and officers (12102)