Apparel & Footwear Merchant Wholesalers

The apparel industry consists of companies that design and sell clothing, footwear and accessories. As much of apparel production is outsourced to other countries, an importer will often buy from a broker or wholesaler in the foreign country and distribute to retail stores or sell to other wholesale distributors. The wholesale market is typically seasonal: retailers stock up on merchandise before shoppers hit the stores during the peak back-to-school and holiday periods. Traditionally, apparel companies were wholesalers, selling large quantities of goods to retailers, which then marked-up items and sold them to consumers at a profit. However, it's become more difficult to draw a line between wholesalers and retailers; most apparel companies now have both types of operations.

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