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English definition of “distribution chain”

distribution chain

noun [C]     (also chain of distribution)
COMMERCE, TRANSPORT the series of businesses or organizations that are involved in transporting , storing , and selling goods to customers . For example , a manufacturer sells the product to a distributor who sells the product to retailers (= stores ) that then sell the product to customers : Since the company keeps very little inventory , its supply and distribution chains must be perfectly synchronized to fulfill customer orders successfully . VAT is collected at every stage in the goods and services chain of distribution . → Compare supply chain
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