Distribution (economics)

In economics the term distribution generally refers to activities of transferring goods from production sources to final consumption. It involves goods-producing enterprises, true commercial enterprises (wholesale and retail), and auxiliary transportation, warehousing, and advertising enterprises, which together constitute the distribution apparatus. In this postwar period, distribution techniques and the distribution system underwent radical changes to meet mass consumption at increasingly competitive prices. Thus, department stores in the clothing and home furnishings sector, supermarkets in the food sector, discount houses (discount houses) in the consumer durables sector, chain stores, etc. have multiplied. ; distribution channels are said to be the legal transfers made by goods to get from the producer to the final consumer; distribution cost is defined as the difference between the expenses incurred by the buyers of a certain good and the expenses incurred to produce the good itself; large-scale distribution is defined as that which, as opposed to traditional distribution, based on wholesale and retail trade, organizes distribution through commercial activities or outlets of considerable size (department stores, supermarkets, cooperatives, mail order, etc.).

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