In this edition of the Internationalisation Monitor, we focus on the wholesale trade sector in the Netherlands. Relatively little attention is paid to wholesalers in scientific literature. This is surprising, given the fact that the wholesale trade sector forms an essential component of the national economy. First of all, the wholesale industry is a major employer. In addition, wholesale trade forms a very important link in the value chain between manufacturers and their buyers, both nationally and internationally. Wholesalers make sure that companies are supplied with the raw materials and intermediary products which are necessary for various production processes.
The Internationalisation Monitor describes trends in internationalisation and their consequences for the Dutch economy and society. It is a quarterly publication as part of CBS’ Globalisation development and publication programme, which is commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The aim of this research on Globalisation is to arrive at new insights in the field of globalisation in order to contribute to practices, policy making and science. At the core of the approach is the integration of a wide range of sources and already available microdata, combined with the application of advanced statistical methods such as I/O analysis. The ensuing results, i.e. newly developed statistics and accompanying analyses, are being published in the Internationalisation Monitor.