Wholesale and Logistics
The wholesale sector purchases products from manufacturers, producers or sometimes importers and then re-sells these products – mostly to trade customers and retailers, but also to institutions (such as governments) and sometimes as bulk product directly to public consumers. 20% of wholesale is to retailers, 20% directly to consumers and 10% to export markets.
Nearly 16,000 South Australians work in wholesale and logistics. Some manufacturers have their own separate sales branches to function as wholesalers. Logistics is the process of purchasing, storing and distributing products to retailers.
Some retailers conduct components of wholesaling and logistics within their own business, especially larger chains that purchase in bulk and distribute among their outlets. For example, a large fashion chain retailer would have an in-house system to manage the purchase, storage, packaging and transfer of stock items between store locations.
460,000 people are employed in wholesaling, in 129,900 establishments across Australia. Australian wholesale revenue tops more than $378 billion a year.