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According to U.S. Industry and Trade Outlook, published by The McGraw-Hill Companies and the U.S. Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration, wholesale trade includes establishments that sell products to retailers, merchants, contractors and/or industrial, institutional and commercial users.
Wholesale distribution firms, which sell both durable goods (furniture, office equipment, industrial supplies and other goods that can be used repeatedly) and nondurable goods (printing and writing paper, groceries, chemicals and periodicals), don’t sell to ultimate household consumers.
Three types of operations can perform the functions of wholesale trade:
- Wholesale distributors
- Manufacturers’ sales branches and offices
- Agents, brokers and commission agents.
As a wholesale distributor, you will probably run an independently owned and operated firm that buys and sells products of which you have taken ownership. Generally, such operations are run from one or more warehouses where inventory goods are received and later shipped to customers.
|PERFORMANCE FOOD GROUP||Richmond||VA||25||(804) 484-7700|
|GORDON FOOD SERVICE||Grand Rapids||MI||12||(888) 437-3663|
|FOOD SERVICES OF AMERICA||Seattle||WA||11||(206) 933-5000|
|REINHART FOODSERVICE, INC.||La Crosse||WI||9||(800) 332-8170|
|SHAMROCK FOODS CO.||Phoenix||AZ||2||(602) 233-6400|
|MAINES PAPER & FOOD SERVICE, INC.||Conklin||NY||5||(607) 779-1200|
|BEN E. KEITH FOODS||Fort Worth||TX||6||(817) 759-6000|
|THE IJ COMPANY||Knoxville||TN||3||(865) 970-7800|