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.

414 - Personal and Household Goods Wholesaler-DistributorsCAN

This subsector comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling textiles, clothing, footwear, home entertainment equipment, household appliances, home furnishings, personal articles, pharmaceuticals, toiletries, cosmetics and sundries.

4144 - Personal Goods Wholesaler-DistributorsCAN

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling personal articles, such as jewellery, watches, books, periodicals, newspapers, photographic equipment and supplies, sound recordings, video cassettes, toys, hobby goods, and amusement and sporting goods.

41443 - Photographic Equipment and Supplies Wholesaler-Distributors

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling photographic equipment and supplies.

414430 - Photographic Equipment and Supplies Wholesaler-DistributorsCAN

This Canadian industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling photographic equipment and supplies.

  • Example Activities:

    • Cameras, equipment and supplies, wholesale
    • Chemicals, photographic, wholesale
    • Dark room apparatus, wholesale
    • Developing apparatus, photographic, wholesale
    • Enlarging equipment, photographic, wholesale
    • Film developing and finishing equipment, wholesale
    • Film, photographic, wholesale
    • Home movie cameras, equipment and supplies, wholesale
    • Photo-finishing equipment, wholesale
    • Photographic cameras, projectors, equipment and supplies, wholesale
    • Photographic chemicals, wholesale
    • Photographic film and plates, wholesale
    • Photographic paper and cloth, wholesale
    • Processing and finishing equipment, photographic, wholesale
    • Projection equipment (e.g., motion picture, slide), photographic, wholesale
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