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Top 7 Retail Distribution Models, Explained

You have products to sell. And customers that want to buy them. But do you know the best ways to get your products to your customers -  in a timely and cost-effective way? With so many distribution models, it can be difficult to choose the best one for your business and keep your promises to your customer. Explore the top 7 retail distribution models that you may want to consider.

You Have Products to Sell and Customers that Want to Buy Them

But do you know the best ways to get your products to your customers - in a timely and cost-effective way?

A distribution model is simply a way of getting the products you sell into the hands of customers that purchase them. There are many distribution strategies out there. But whether you sell luxury handbags, apparel, or even hardware, you need to determine what distribution models will work best for your business.

Distribution Models

There are many distribution models out there. And you shouldn’t stick to just one. You likely will need to employ a mix of these strategies to maximize both profits and consumer satisfaction.

Remember, what works in one region, brand or channel may not work in another, and your current strategy is likely to shift in the future. You need to be agile. But all of these distribution models have one thing in common: you need the right tech stack in place to successfully execute them. Don’t let legacy systems get in your way.

Flexibility is Key

Your distribution strategy and fulfillment needs will need to shift and change. But can you do so quickly? A flexible, agile Order Management System (OMS) will allow you to be fluid and adapt to both business and consumer demands-fast-in this ever-changing marketplace. Accurate stock is more important than ever

Do you have a near real-time, accurate view of your inventory?

Make sure your OMS allows for a single view of inventory, especially if you sell in multiple regions, across multiple channels, or divisions. If you want to be successful using these top 7 retail distribution models, this is a critical part of your success.

With Fluent Order Management, you can do all of this - and more. And when coupled with Pivotree, OMS experts driving key implementations with Fluent Commerce, you will be well positioned to get control over all your stock availability and fulfillment operations - quickly. And best of all, you will create great customer experiences

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