Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 13-1022 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
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. Include assistant buyers.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Buy merchandise or commodities for resale to wholesale or retail consumers. Negotiate prices, discount terms, or transportation arrangements with suppliers. Examine, select, order, or purchase merchandise consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements, or other factors, such as environmental soundness. Recommend mark-up rates, markdown rates, or merchandise selling prices. Obtain information about customer needs or preferences by conferring with sales or purchasing personnel. Authorize payment of invoices or return of merchandise. 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. Collaborate with vendors to obtain or develop desired products. Inspect merchandise or products to determine quality, value, or yield. Conduct sales meetings to introduce new merchandise.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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13-1022.00 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products