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ISO certification in the wholesale sector

The wholesale sector involves the sales of goods and services to users. These services often involve bulk purchasing. Large quantities of goods are often warehoused by wholesale companies and then sold to other businesses who then sell onto the end users. Within this sector; trends are often identified, which analyse the most up to date goods. Post identification, the wholesaler will research the most cost effective products and distribute accordingly.

Why do companies operating in the wholesale sector need ISO Certification?

Most companies who operate within the Wholesale sector will already be familiar with the ISO certifications. Due to the nature of businesses who operate in this sector, companies will have to abide by strict policies and establish relationships with reliable suppliers. Gaining ISO certification can aid this, along with enhancing customer experiences and improved processes. Due to the ISO certifications being an internationally recognised standard, more prolific suppliers and stakeholders will be interested to collaborate with you. Employee training and quality control within processes are other areas of importance for Wholesale companies. Becoming ISO certified will help manage these effectively, ensuring commitment to quality is displayed.

Benefits of ISO in the wholesale sector

  • Reduced errors and accidents

  • Repeat business through the delivery of higher quality work

  • Increased market influence 

  • More efficient delivery of products and services 

  • Control over the supply chain 

  • Supply and consignment stock management

Your routes to achieving ISO certification in the wholesale sector

Certification supported by consultancy

This package is perfect if you are determined to gain your ISO certification on the first attempt. You will get full access to the Titan System, alongside support with our consultants including on-site visits and virtual meetings.


Self-managed ISO certification

This package is for clients who have adequate resources but want to be guided on achieving ISO certification. Full accessibility of the Titan System, with appropriate templates and training will be available. On hand virtual support is accessible.


It is not a legal requirement for companies to obtain the ISO certifications. However, within the Wholesale industry, suppliers and customers may not want to collaborate or work with you. This is due to your company not being able to demonstrate effective outputs, resulting in a lack of trust. If your company desires to benefit from increased profitability and increased customer satisfaction, it is highly recommended that you make steps to become ISO certified.

ISO 9001 is likely the most recognised standard across the Wholesale sector. Customer service and supply chain management is the key focus within this standard. Improvement of processes and products, along with improved knowledge about supplier standards are results of ISO 9001 certification. The standard for environmental management; ISO 14001, is also considered to be of importance to Wholesale companies. This will ensure green credentials are obtained and considerations are made regarding products’ environmental impacts. You may also want to consider ISO 45001, the Health and Safety standard. Accidents can occur during the movement of products, along with manual handling issues. By achieving ISO 45001, you would be demonstrating hazard prevention consideration to stakeholders.

We have developed two pathways for ISO certification. Internally managed and supported by consultancy. This means that you can achieve certification in whichever way suits your company and current Management System. Our consultants have extensive experience in the ISO world and will be there to support you through the ISO journey. All requirements of the ISO standard will be in place and thoroughly checked prior to your external assessment.

The Cost of consultancy is very much dependent on the size and scope of your company. We will always offer a free visit to assess your company’s requirements and provide a no obligation quote based on this initial assessment together with an estimated completion date.

If we implement The Titan System, we will set up a fixed monthly subscription fee on a flexible rolling contract. Prices for both are available on request here.

Testimonials from our wholesale clients

The team at Mark1 have been fully involved in the support and maintenance of our ISO9001 and 14001 systems since 2016. The use of the Titan System, being online has removed the need for inefficient paper records and enabled staff access from multiple locations, by using these systems the update of records, audits, management reviews and assessments can be conducted more efficiently. We greatly value the advice, input and full involvement from Mark1 in all aspects of our quality and environmental systems

Paul Whitehead, Managing Director

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