Distribution includes transportation, warehousing, and delivery of goods. These require precise tracking, real-time information, and highly-skilled staffing to execute effectively. While some people use the word “transportation” as a substitute for distribution, there are several differences.
Although transportation does refer to the physical movement of goods from one location to another, it doesn’t involve strategizing how to best move goods through a distribution channel. Distribution takes into account logistics like bulk transportation costs, hauling methods and the best trucking options to deliver your materials on time with the right permits and required vehicles.
Distribution an integral part of logistics that answers these important questions:
What material do you need?
How much material does your project require?
When do you want it delivered?
Where are you hauling your bulk transportation?
Successful distribution services utilizes the logistics software, efficient equipment, excellent safety and training programs and highly organized schedules to keep each delivery on time and correct. Distribution takes these goods and delivers them to their next destination through trucking or hauling transportation. Different materials will require different kinds of trucks, or equipment for distribution. For example, sand would be distributed with a dump trump, but milk would require a refrigerated truck.
Pulling all of the variables together, making informed decisions, and striving to improve performance each day is the key to distribution success. Reliability, timeliness, responsiveness, safety, and high efficiency are the attributes of a genuinely successful distribution company.