A real Certified Wholesale Distributor is a company who handles the wholesale shipments for the manufacturer of a product (or in some cases is the product manufacturer). They have a warehouse, distribution center and ship products directly to the Retailer (or to the customer if they deal in drop shipping).
Certified Wholesale Distributors are who you, the Retailer, want to work with directly. They are the only type of supplier that offers true wholesale prices because they ARE the real wholesale supplier.
Explaining the Distribution Business
A distribution business operates in two main areas: buying products in bulk from manufacturers and reselling them to retailers or other resellers who sell to consumers; or buying products from manufacturers and selling directly to consumers or businesses. A distribution business also carries out functions such as logistics and warehousing for manufacturers. A distribution business’ prices may be lower or higher than wholesale prices, depending on the arrangement with the manufacturer.
Services Provided by Both
Many of the services that distribution and wholesale businesses provide to customers are similar. Both provide storage and delivery, financing to help customers purchase products and customer service. A distribution business may also provide technical support and a range of other services to customers.