Delivering for Best-in-Class Wholesaler-Distributors

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) is composed of wholesaler-distributors and a federation of international, national, regional, state and local associations and their member firms, which total more than 30,000 employers that have locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NAW’s constituency is at the core of our economy—a vital link in the supply chain between manufacturers, retailers, and commercial, institutional and governmental end users.

As of the end of 2019, the number of people working in the wholesale distribution industry was 5.938 million, the highest level of employment in 11 years. Employee retention in our industry is improving as evidenced by the quit level. The fourth-quarter 2019 quit level came in 14.9% below the year-earlier quarter.

At the end of 2019, total wholesale distribution revenue was $5.970 trillion, just slightly below the April 2019 record high. GDP for the year totaled a record high $21.734 trillion with a growth rate of 4.0%. Our industry is 27.5% of U.S. GDP.

Wholesaler-distributors are either publicly held or closely held, family-owned companies that have served their local communities and regions for decades and, in some cases, for more than a century.

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