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Define physical distribution

Define physical distribution and characterize the major functions performed within a physical distribution system.

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Physical distribution:
A concept or approach to managing the finished goods inventory of the firm. Typically it includes transportation, warehousing, inventory, and order processing functions of the firm.

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Physical distribution agency:
The third party provider that supports the physical distribution objectives of the firm. This may include transportation companies, public warehousing companies, and companies that manage information flows between buyer and seller as third party intermediaries.

Physical distribution manager:
This manager (increasingly referred to as logistics ...