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We introduce the concept of distribution equity torepresent the asset value of a distribution relationship. Distributionequity is characterized as the increase in options value ofmarketing opportunities that result when a firm effectively utilizesits knowledge relationships with an existing distribution channelpartner to create and market its products. By providing a frameworkcharacterizing various forms of knowledge in a channel partnerrelationship and the ways in which they can increase the optionsvalue of a firm's product development and marketing opportunities,we provide a framework for improving the management of distributionequity. This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.
Distribution Channels: Understanding and Managing Channels to Market
Supply Chain Management ,. When expanding into new markets, the best brands know that staying on top of their entire sales process is critical to sealing the deal. Product distribution is one important step that often goes overlooked as brands opt for the cheapest or easiest option rather than devising a legitimate distribution strategy.
In this post, we will tell you everything you need to know about product distribution, from different distribution strategies to who is who in the industry, so you can refine your own distribution strategy to achieve peak performance on the shelf. Distribution entails making a product available for purchase by dispersing it through the market.
It involves transportation, packaging, and delivery. A distributor is defined as someone who purchases products, stores them, and then sells them through a distribution channel.
They are in between manufacturers and retailers or consumers, working on behalf of a particular company as opposed to representing themselves. Usually, distributors partake in collaborative relationships with clients and manufacturers. A distribution channel refers to the flow of business that occurs between a manufacturer and a consumer. It is the path that a transaction follows.
Distributors are the intermediaries that deliver and house products for producers to sell to retailers. These channels can be relatively simple or increasingly complex. There are direct and indirect channels. In a direct channel, the producer works directly with the consumer. An indirect channel, on the other hand, incorporates intermediaries into the sales flow. There are four levels that break down the flow between manufacturers and consumers. When looking to expand into new markets or switch up your distribution strategy, you need to know the different levels of distribution.
It involves a direct sale from manufacturers to consumers with no intermediary. An example is a retailer between manufacturer and consumer. In this case, a level two channel involves two intermediaries between producer and consumer.
An example here would be a wholesaler selling to a retailer who then sells to the consumer. Agents work on behalf of companies and deal primarily with wholesalers. From here, the wholesalers sell to retailers who then sell to consumers. Distribution strategies depend on the type of product being sold. There are three methods of distribution that outline how manufacturers choose how they want their goods to be dispersed in the market.
The chain of distribution can get confusing as more people are added into the mix. Distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and agents all work as intermediaries in the sales process. It is important to know the key differences of the individuals who play a role in the distribution process. In addition to fulfilling retailer orders, they actively sell products on behalf of the producers.
From managing orders and returns to acting as a sales representative, they go beyond being the middleman between retailers and producers. They perform market analysis and are constantly searching for new opportunities to achieve peak sales performance. A distributor focuses on a particular area and market which allows them to cultivate strong relationships with manufacturers.
Unlike a wholesaler, they most likely have a stronger affiliation with particular companies. Distributors have a direct responsibility to making sure products are flying off retail shelves.
For example, one distributor may work out an agreement with a popular beverage company who works with them regularly, whereas wholesalers are used on a need-by-need basis. They have the option to sell to retailers and other sellers, or directly to consumers and businesses.
Wholesalers purchase in bulk, typically, which lowers the price, from either distributors or manufacturers. This allows wholesalers to make a profit because they are able to sell the to retailers in smaller packages that yield higher prices. Unlike distributors, wholesalers only deal with the storage and delivery of goods. But, in certain cases, you have to go through a wholesaler to get to a distributor.
This is your local grocery store or Walmart down the street. They can sell through storefront locations or through online channels. Retailers purchase products from distributors or wholesalers. They handle the logistics of the sales.
Agents handle contracts, marketing, and pulling together specialized shipments. A part of their job is customer relationship management.
On behalf of manufacturers, they take ownership of products through the distribution process. They represent the producer in the sales process. This requires setting up clear lines of communication between managers, sales teams, and distributors to ensure you get that information as clearly and quickly as possible. Brands that are on top of their game form better relationships with their distributors and open up opportunities for expansion much easier than brands that communicate on an ad hoc basis.
Let's say your sales rep informs you about an out of stock at location X. You might be able to remedy the situation by contacting your distributor and ordering another shipment to that location. But if location X is continuously experiencing out of stocks, the trend may fly under your radar if the only evidence you have is a few email threads buried deep in your inbox.
Your random ordering pattern may make it difficult to forecast demand, or keep distributors and retailers from receiving predicting shipments. This is where data tracking and analytics become your best friend. When you equip your team with the tools to constantly provide you with field insight, any recurring issues will become obvious much more quickly.
Say that instead of you receiving an email or text each time something was awry in the field, you received a data point that you could instantly compare to past data and use to identify any patterns instantly.
If there is a hiccup in the distribution network, you are empowered to glide past it with ease and maintain a consistent presence on store shelves, keeping distributors, retailers, and customers happy. Melissa is a recent graduate of Northeastern University and a content marketing specialist at Repsly, Inc.
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Distribution channels : understanding and managing channels to market
During the past three decades, tremendous strides have been made in our understanding of how firms should organize and manage their channels of distribution. Still, we have barely touched the surface of all the managerial issues that need to be addressed. A variety of research needs still exist regarding constructs and issues examined in prior channels research. Furthermore, many issues of managerial importance relating to the organization and management of channels of distribution have received no attention in empirical research. The purpose of this article is to provide a perspective on how channels research should proceed in the future to promote the most progress. It is hoped that the article will help to shape the future direction of marketing thought with regard to channels of distribution and its fundamental domain. This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.
Supply Chain Management ,. When expanding into new markets, the best brands know that staying on top of their entire sales process is critical to sealing the deal. Product distribution is one important step that often goes overlooked as brands opt for the cheapest or easiest option rather than devising a legitimate distribution strategy. In this post, we will tell you everything you need to know about product distribution, from different distribution strategies to who is who in the industry, so you can refine your own distribution strategy to achieve peak performance on the shelf. Distribution entails making a product available for purchase by dispersing it through the market.
The primary purpose of any channel of distribution is to bridge the gap between the producer of a product and its user. Identify the types of institutions that participate in marketing channels, and the three primary functions of these channels. The primary purpose of any channel of distribution is to bridge the gap between the producer of a product and the user of it, whether the parties are located in the same community or in different countries thousands of miles apart.