Delivering for Best-in-Class Wholesaler-Distributors

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) is composed of direct member companies and a federation of international, national, regional, state and local associations and their member companies, which collectively total more than 30,000 employers, with locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NAW-affiliated companies are a constituency at the core of our economy—the link in the marketing chain between manufacturers and retailers, and commercial, institutional and governmental end users. Industry firms vary widely in size, employ more than 5.9 million American workers and account for $6.01 trillion in annual U.S. economic activity.

NAW’s mission is to advocate its members’ interests on national public policy issues that affect the entire wholesale distribution industry. NAW assists merchant wholesaler-distributors to be the most efficient channel for bringing goods to market through benchmarking, strategic management information, networking and high-level conferences. NAW serves as a mechanism, through our Association Executives Council, for the sharing of ideas, programs and skills among the organization’s member national associations.

The NAW Political Action Committee advances the election of pro-business candidates to federal office and mobilizes the involvement of wholesaler-distributors in the federal electoral process through financial contributions and political education activities, including candidate endorsements and get-out-the-vote programs.

The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence sponsors and disseminates research into strategic management issues affecting the wholesale distribution industry and aims to help merchant wholesaler-distributors remain the most effective and efficient channel in distribution.

The NAW Service Corporation sponsors industry-wide service and product offerings that benefit wholesaler-distributors.