The wholesale trade industry is responsible for more than 5.7 million wage and salary jobs in the United States. These businesses are scattered around the country and generally engage in the sale and distribution of very specific types of merchandise.
According to federal statistics, nearly 90 percent of all wholesale trade businesses are small companies that employ 20 or fewer workers. Though small companies, these businesses work with large inventories and their potential for large financial losses is high. That is why a solid business insurance plan for the wholesale trade industry is so important.
The NAICS (or National American Industry Classification System) originated in the 1930’s. It is a system that is used to classify all U.S. business into a variety of industry sectors and subsectors and its coding enables economists to collect, analyze and report on financial data from all different industries. Currently, the NAICS lists 799,953 U.S. businesses as falling into the wholesale trade sector.
The wholesale trade sector includes businesses that deal primarily with the intermediate step in the distribution of products and merchandise. Production companies pass their products on in bulk to merchant wholesalers who then distribute these products on to retail trade outlets. The wholesale trade industry includes, but is not limited to, the following business types:
When you run a wholesale trade business, you face several inherent risks that can threaten the financial bottom line of your business. The merchandise you buy and sell can be lost or damaged while in transport or storage and, in the event of a major disaster, this can be quite costly. It is therefore imperative that you protect your investment with a suitable business insurance policy that is designed precisely for the wholesale trade industry.
Some industry specific coverage options you may want to give consideration to include:
These are just a few of the many coverage options that are available to you with this type of business insurance plan. Before you purchase a policy, it is important that you consider all of your business’s potential hazards so that you can be sure to purchase all the coverage you need.
When you are shopping for a business insurance policy for your wholesale trade business, you will be offered many different policy options. Without the assistance of a qualified insurance professional, it can be difficult to navigate through the many coverage types and decide which are right for your particular business. Fortunately, business owners can turn to independent agents in the Trusted Choice network for help meeting all their different insurance needs.
Because these agents are not captive to one particular insurance company, they have the freedom to help you shop around for policies and rates that are right for you. They can also answer your insurance-related questions, help you assess your coverage needs, and even assist you throughout the claims process. Contact a member agent near your wholesale trade business today to learn more about this very important business coverage.