Retail and wholesale buyers (NOC 6222)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Retail and wholesale buyers:

  • buy merchandise for resale by retail and wholesale establishments
  • are usually responsible for the merchandising operations of retail and wholesale establishments

Retail and wholesale buyers who are supervisors and those who are assistants are included in this group.

Common job titles
  • assistant buyer
  • beverages taster and buyer
  • buyers supervisor
  • chief buyer – retail or wholesale
  • food buyer
  • fur buyer


Retail and wholesale buyers:

  • purchase merchandise for resale by retail or wholesale businesses
  • 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 that 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
  • make and maintain contact with suppliers
  • supervise the work of other retail buyers

Special duties

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

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor retail or wholesale setting.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Retail and wholesale buyers may specialize through experience or product-related training courses.

Progression to management positions in retail trade, sales, marketing or advertising is possible with additional training or experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.