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Do a distribution channel have to face the end customer? Or could a manufacuring company sell to a different manufacturing company (here considered a distribution channel), which sells it to a retail store? What are possible distribution channels for manufacturing companies?

Do a distribution channel have to face the end customer? Or could a manufacuring company sell to a different manufacturing company (here considered a distribution channel), which sells it to a retail store? What are possible distribution channels for manufacturing companies?

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In my own company (Samsung), the customer (who buys your product, such as the retailer) is distinct from the consumer (who ends up buying it from the customer and is the one actually using the product).

Our distribution channels can be brick & mortar retailers (Best Buy, Costco or Walmart in the US), cell phone carriers (AT&T or Verizon) or even e-tailers (Amazon)

In my own company (Samsung), the customer (who buys your product, such as the retailer) is distinct from the consumer (who ends up buying it from the customer and is the one actually using the product).

Our distribution channels can be brick & mortar retailers (Best Buy, Costco or Walmart in the US), cell phone carriers (AT&T or Verizon) or even e-tailers (Amazon)

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A distribution channel is, in essence, the way a firm sells it's product to whoever buys it.

As Benjamin illustrated well, there are many types of distribution channels, also based on the firm's business model (e.g. B2C vs B2B). So for a manufacturing firm, their distribution channel just depends on their business model and how they sell. If they produce an intermediary product that is purchased by another manufacturing firm, then their distribution channels relate to how they sell to that firm (i.e. sales executives, online channel, etc.).

A distribution channel is, in essence, the way a firm sells it's product to whoever buys it.

As Benjamin illustrated well, there are many types of distribution channels, also based on the firm's business model (e.g. B2C vs B2B). So for a manufacturing firm, their distribution channel just depends on their business model and how they sell. If they produce an intermediary product that is purchased by another manufacturing firm, then their distribution channels relate to how they sell to that firm (i.e. sales executives, online channel, etc.).

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Hi,
You're question is a little bit confusing, but I'll do my best to answer.
As manufacturer several distribution channel are structurally possible :

- Direct to end user

- indirect : several options possible

- Distributors : who sell to end customer

- OEM / system integrators : this is particularly true in B2B, where a product can be integrated in a broader system
- service provider : again in B2B, there could people offering service to end customer which will require use of your product

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Hi,
You're question is a little bit confusing, but I'll do my best to answer.
As manufacturer several distribution channel are structurally possible :

- Direct to end user

- indirect : several options possible

- Distributors : who sell to end customer

- OEM / system integrators : this is particularly true in B2B, where a product can be integrated in a broader system
- service provider : again in B2B, there could people offering service to end customer which will require use of your product

Best
Benjamin

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