Variant of NAICS 2002 - Durable and Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing Industries

5.2 - Industries not included in the Manufacturing sector

This special aggregation comprises all establishments except the ones coded to 'Manufacturing' sector (NAICS 31-33)

41 - Wholesale Trade

This sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling merchandise and providing related logistics, marketing and support services. The wholesaling process is generally an intermediate step in the distribution of merchandise; many wholesalers are therefore organized to sell merchandise in large quantities to retailers, and business and institutional clients. However, some wholesalers, in particular those that supply non-consumer capital goods, sell merchandise in single units to final users.

This sector recognizes two main types of wholesalers, that is, wholesale merchants and wholesale agents and brokers.

Wholesale Merchants

Wholesale merchants buy and sell merchandise on their own account, that is, they take title to the goods they sell. They generally operate from warehouse or office locations and they may ship from their own inventory or arrange for the shipment of goods directly from the supplier to the client. In addition to the sale of goods, they may provide, or arrange for the provision of, logistics, marketing and support services, such as packaging and labelling, inventory management, shipping, handling of warranty claims, in-store or co-op promotions, and product training. Dealers of machinery and equipment, such as dealers of farm machinery and heavy-duty trucks, also fall within this category.

Wholesale merchants are known by a variety of trade designations depending on their relationship with suppliers or customers, or the distribution method they employ. Examples include wholesale merchants, wholesale distributors, drop shippers, rack-jobbers, import-export merchants, buying groups, dealer-owned cooperatives and banner wholesalers.

The first eight subsectors of wholesale trade comprise wholesale merchants. The grouping of these establishments into industry groups and industries is based on the merchandise line or lines supplied by the wholesaler.

Wholesale Agents and Brokers

Wholesale agents and brokers buy and sell merchandise owned by others on a fee or commission basis. They do not take title to the goods they buy or sell, and they generally operate at or from an office location.

Wholesale agents and brokers are known by a variety of trade designations including import-export agents, wholesale commission agents, wholesale brokers, and manufacturer's representatives and agents.

413 - Food, Beverage and Tobacco Wholesaler-DistributorsCAN

This subsector comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling food products, beverages and tobacco products.

4131 - Food Wholesaler-DistributorsCAN

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling processed milk and other dairy products, poultry and eggs, fish and seafood products, fresh fruit and vegetables, red meat and meat products, bread and other bakery products, processed rice, flour, flour mixes, prepared cereal foods and spices.

41319 - Other Specialty-Line Food Wholesaler-Distributors

This industry comprises establishments, not classified to any other industry, primarily engaged in wholesaling specialized lines of food, including canned foods and packaged frozen foods.

413190 - Other Specialty-Line Food Wholesaler-DistributorsCAN

This Canadian industry comprises establishments, not classified to any other industry, primarily engaged in wholesaling specialized lines of food, including canned foods and packaged frozen foods.

  • Example Activities:

    • Baby foods, canned, wholesale
    • Bakery products, wholesale
    • Breakfast cereals, wholesale
    • Candy, wholesale
    • Canned foods, wholesale
    • Coffee, wholesale
    • Confectionery, wholesale
    • Dairy products, canned or dried, wholesale
    • Dietary foods, canned, wholesale
    • Dinners, frozen, wholesale
    • Flavouring extract (except for fountain use), wholesale
    • Frozen foods, packaged, wholesale
    • Fruit concentrates and syrups, fountain, wholesale
    • Fruit juices, wholesale
    • Fruit preparations, wholesale
    • Gelatin, edible, wholesale
    • Health food, wholesale
    • Honey, processed, wholesale
    • Jams, jellies and marmalades, wholesale
    • Junior foods, canned, wholesale
    • Malt, wholesale
    • Meats, packaged frozen, wholesale
    • Nuts and seeds, edible, processed, wholesale
    • Pastries, wholesale
    • Pastry, quick-frozen, packaged, wholesale
    • Pickles, preserves, jellies, jams and sauces, wholesale
    • Poultry, packaged frozen, wholesale
    • Puddings, dessert, wholesale
    • Rice, polished, wholesale
    • Sandwiches, wholesale
    • Seafoods, packaged frozen, wholesale
    • Soups, wholesale
    • Spices, wholesale
    • Sugar, refined, wholesale
    • Tea, wholesale
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