The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) is the engine of innovation for the $7 trillion wholesale distribution industry in the United States.

Founded in 1946 on the dual principles that no one company or line of trade has a monopoly on innovative ideas, and that complex challenges can only be solved at scale by harnessing and directing the collective power of an industry, NAW leads an elite coalition of influential line of trade associations and best-in-class distribution companies that share these principles. The NAW Community is a vibrant marketplace that facilitates the exchange of ideas among distribution’s brightest minds, accelerates technology innovation and digitization, and advances pro-business federal policies- all to the benefit of our members.

30,000 firms

5.9 million employees

$7 trillion in revenue

Our Member Companies

NAW members are dynamic, innovative, and growth-focused companies representing every line of trade within the wholesale distribution industry. Our membership is as diverse as our industry, ranging from mid-sized, family-owned companies that have served their local communities and regions for decades to large, national, publicly-traded companies that rank among the Fortune 100.

Many members have remained part of the NAW Community over several generational leadership transitions, and we’ve been proud to have contributed to their legacy and success stories. NAW member companies form the core of the United States economy and serve as a vital link in the supply chain between manufacturers, retailers, and commercial, institutional, and governmental end-users.

NAW Member Benefits

NAW membership is a game-changer for executive teams laser-focused on growing revenue, increasing margins, and operating on the cutting edge of innovation and technology. The education, insights, and opportunities for collaboration with non-competing peer companies operating at a comparable scale provided through the NAW Community are invaluable; and companies that lean into NAW quickly distinguish themselves from competitors who choose to remain on the sidelines.

Our in-house team of experienced distribution executives act as an extension of your office, ready to consult on your most pressing challenges and marshal industry resources to generate solutions. NAW is growing rapidly, and every new member company lends strength to our pro-business federal policy advocacy in Washington, D.C., enhancing our effectiveness on the tax and regulatory issues that matter most to our members.

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