Differentiation of Distribution - a Challenge for Manufacturers of Industrial Goods
Book chapter, 2015

Manufacturers of industrial goods are challenged by two things. First they have to reduce distribution costs, second they need to improve distribution performance. To manage that, manufacturers need to develop distribution arrangements that are more customer orientated than today’s solutions. They must be differentiated because the requirements from customers differ. Developments in information technology and transportation systems provide manufacturers with tools for such a differentiation. The three most important dimensions of this restructuring are: activity specialization, more collaborative producer- distributor relationships and the need for considering distribution in network terms rather than as channels.

Harvard Business Review

Distribution System

Distribution Channel

Market Information

Distribution Network


Lars-Erik Gadde

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Industrial Marketing

Developments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science


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Other Mechanical Engineering

Transport Systems and Logistics

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified



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