This industry connects manufacturers and retailers. Specialized wholesalers exist in a wide range of industries including manufacturing and food products. In addition to serving as a cushion that fills in the gap between supply and demand, wholesalers also fulfill a major role as a logistics center for manufacturers. Wholesalers are also unique for their ability to quickly ascertain trends in production and consumption. Recently, advancements in IT technology have resulted in the growth of direct sales through online shopping, etc. Amidst such trends, Japanese corporations have the advantage of possessing reliable expertise for each industry.