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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.
  • Compare transportation options to determine the most energy efficient options.
  • Conduct staff meetings with sales personnel to introduce new merchandise.
  • Confer with sales and purchasing personnel to obtain information about customer needs and preferences.
  • 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, and purchase at the most favorable price merchandise consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements and other factors.
  • 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 value or yield.
  • Interview and work closely with vendors to obtain and develop desired products.
  • Manage the department for which they buy.
  • 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 and transportation arrangements for merchandise.
  • Provide clerks with information to print on price tags, such as price, mark-ups or mark-downs, manufacturer number, season code, or style number.
  • Set or recommend mark-up rates, mark-down rates, and selling prices for merchandise.
  • Train or supervise sales or clerical staff.
  • Use computers to organize and locate inventory, and operate spreadsheet and word processing software.

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.
  • Maintain data in information systems or databases.
  • Negotiate contracts with clients or service providers.
  • Obtain information about goods or services.
  • Purchase products or services.
  • 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)
  • Marine Corps Community Services Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Supply 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