Between producers and consumers, you’ll find a cadre of professionals who broker deals, facilitate transactions, and move goods and services along.
They’re called middlemen, and they thrive in virtually every industry—from real estate and retail to finance and travel services. If not for middlemen, houses and blouses wouldn’t sell. Banks and online booking sites wouldn’t exist. Middlemen are the reason a tomato grown in South America makes it aboard a ship headed for North America, passes through customs, reaches a local supermarket and ends up in your basket.