Retail and wholesale trade
Both the retail and wholesale industries are rapidly growing in Australia due to a vibrant domestic market.
The basic difference between retail and wholesale? Retail is selling goods and services to the general public, wholesale is selling goods and services to businesses. Retail includes selling goods online or commission based selling as well as the traditional retail shopfronts.
Retail includes pharmacies, supermarkets, florists, books stores, hardware, clothes, textiles,motor vehicles and many more.. Retail accounts for 10% of Australia’s employment so is a very important part of the job market. The retail trade sector is very diverse and in demand.
Wholesale trade doesn’t have a shopfront. They operate out of warehouses or factories or distribution centres. Wholesale isn’t as large an employer as retail and it is a smaller industry in comparison. However despite its small size there are many job opportunities. Mostly for managers, clerical workers, sales workers and machinery operators. ABout 40% of the wholesale work force doesn’t have a post school education.
advertising, public relations and sales managers
auctioneers, and stock and station agents
motor vehicle and vehicle parts sales persons
Would it suit me?
The industry could suit you if you:
Are good with numbers, monitoring stock and inventories
Good with budgets and invoices and basic accounting
Like dealing with all kinds of people from different backgrounds
Like working with others, including clients, tradespeople or building professionals
Are good at sales and negotiations
Like problem solving
Are organised and have an eye for detail.
How do I get into the industry?
Some of the most popular courses in this industry include:
Certificate III in Retail
Certificate III in Automotive Sales
Diploma of Marketing and Communication
Certificate IV in Retail Management
Certificate IV in Business Sales
Speak to your school to find out more.