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.

Distribution firms vary widely in size, employ a record 5.9 million American workers, which is up 51,000 from the previous year. Our industry employs 4.6% of the total private workforce in the U.S. and accounts for a record-high $6.01 trillion in annual U.S. economic activity, which is up 7.5% from the previous year. Our industry is an impressive 29% of 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.