What are distribution industries?


What is the distribution industry?

The distribution industry is an essential link in the supply chain, connecting manufacturing companies and suppliers with various businesses, contractors, institutions, retailers, and now increasingly consumers. Distribution industries focus on making a wide range of diverse products available through a variety of channels and methods. Many also offer value-add services to differentiate themselves and provide additional value to their customers.

What are some types of distribution?

There are a handful of different distribution methods, such as direct selling, dual or multi-channel distribution, intermediary distribution, and reverse logistics (e.g. processing returns). Whatever the specific strategy or logistics involved, the primary goal is taking possession of goods being produced and delivering them to the purchasers as efficiently as possible.

Distribution industry examples

Each micro-vertical or sector has distinct challenges and nuances, such as those involved in the distribution of food and beverages, professional trade, industrial supplies, equipment and fashion.

ERP software for distribution industries

When selecting ERP software for the distribution industry, the solution that is chosen must be able to handle logistical operations, front- and back-office activity, and be scalable for both independent and wholesale distribution companies. Explore our ERP solutions for these distribution industries:

Distribution industry capabilities

From determining supply and demand to managing inventory, and delivery methodologies, our solutions help distribution companies modernise to manage end-to-end automation and optimisation while enhancing customer experiences.

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