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distribution chainnoun [C]

uk   us   (also chain of distribution)
COMMERCE, TRANSPORT the ​series of ​businesses or ​organizations that are involved in ​transporting, ​storing, and ​sellinggoods to ​customers. For ​example, a ​manufacturersells the ​product to a distributor who ​sells the ​product to retailers (= ​stores) that then ​sell the ​product to ​customers: Since the ​companykeeps very little ​inventory, its ​supply and ​distributionchains must be perfectly synchronized to ​fulfillcustomerorders successfully. VAT is ​collected at every ​stage in the ​goods and ​serviceschain of ​distribution.
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