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Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products - 13-1022.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm products.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Buyer
  • Category Manager
  • Grocery Buyer
  • Merchandise Manager
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Product Manager
  • Purchaser
  • Purchasing Coordinator
  • Retail Buyer
  • Trader

SOC Occupation Groups

13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations
13-1000 Business Operations Specialists
13-1020 Buyers and Purchasing Agents
13-1022.00 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products

Related Occupations


  • Analyze environmental aspects of competing merchandise when making buying decisions.
  • Authorize payment of invoices or return of merchandise.
  • Buy merchandise or commodities for resale to wholesale or retail consumers.
  • Collaborate with vendors to obtain or develop desired products.
  • Compare transportation options to determine the most energy efficient options.
  • Conduct sales meetings to introduce new merchandise.
  • Consult with store or merchandise managers about budgets or goods to be purchased.
  • Determine which products should be featured in advertising, the advertising medium to be used, or when the ads should be run.
  • Develop strategies to advertise green products or merchandise to consumers.
  • Examine, select, order, or purchase merchandise consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements, or other factors, such as environmental soundness.
  • Identify opportunities to buy green commodities, such as alternative energy, water, or carbon-neutral products for resale to consumers.
  • Inspect merchandise or products to determine quality, value, or yield.
  • Monitor and analyze sales records, trends, or economic conditions to anticipate consumer buying patterns and determine what the company will sell and how much inventory is needed.
  • Monitor competitors' sales activities by following their advertisements in newspapers or other media.
  • Monitor consumer preferences or environmental trends to determine the best way to introduce new green products.
  • Negotiate prices, discount terms, or transportation arrangements with suppliers.
  • Obtain information about customer needs or preferences by conferring with sales or purchasing personnel.
  • Provide clerks with information to print on price tags, such as price, mark-ups or mark-downs, manufacturer number, season code, or style number.
  • Recommend mark-up rates, markdown rates, or merchandise selling prices.
  • Train or supervise sales or clerical staff.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on business or operational matters.
  • Analyze consumer trends.
  • Analyze market conditions or trends.
  • Authorize financial actions.
  • Confer with personnel to coordinate business operations.
  • Create marketing materials.
  • Determine the value of goods or services.
  • Develop business or market strategies.
  • Disburse funds from clients accounts to creditors.
  • Discuss business strategies, practices, or policies with managers.
  • Evaluate logistics methods to reduce environmental impact.
  • Identify strategic business investment opportunities.
  • Negotiate contracts with clients or service providers.
  • Obtain information about goods or services.
  • Purchase products or services.
  • Purchase stocks of merchandise or supplies.
  • Research issues related to the environment or sustainable business practices.
  • Supervise employees.
  • Train personnel to enhance job skills.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Automated Logistical Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Contracting (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Marine Corps Community Services Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Supply Chain Administration and Operations Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Supply Systems Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Buyer
  • Buyer, Assistant