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Ch 11: Product Development & Distribution

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Use our video lessons and quizzes to help you understand product development and distribution. Learn about retail distribution strategies, non-store retailing, and more.

Product Development and Distribution - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our video instructors explain the product life cycle and strategies for the product development process. You'll be introduced to the definition and function of channel intermediaries in business. This chapter will also discuss inventory strategies, inventory mathematics, and channel conflict.

Through these lessons, you'll learn about channel distribution strategies. As you progress through this chapter, you'll study purchasing and supply chain management. After you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the stages of the product life cycle
  • Define marketing channel and channel intermediaries
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of inventory mathematics
  • Differentiate between vertical and horizontal conflict
  • Discuss strategies for product development and business growth
  • Understand technology, measurement, relationship, and material integration as they relate to supply chain management

Our online video lessons on product development and distribution each include a video presentation conducted by a professional, experienced instructor. Each lesson comes with a self-assessment quiz as well as a written transcript, which you can use as an alternative way to access the information in the lesson. Stuck on an unfamiliar word or phrase? You can click on most of the key words in the transcript, and they'll take you to text lessons where you can read about the topic in further detail.

12 Lessons in Chapter 11: Product Development & Distribution
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Product Life Cycles: Development, Design and Beyond

1. Product Life Cycles: Development, Design and Beyond

Have you ever considered that products, like humans, have a life cycle? You will learn about product life cycles and how they are designed and developed. See how a product goes from its introduction to being retired.

Product Development and Business Growth: Process & Strategies

2. Product Development and Business Growth: Process & Strategies

Product development is an essential part of any company's growth strategy. It allows for growth in sales and market share. This development, though, is a finely tuned process that we will discuss in this lesson.

Marketing Channel: Definition and Function in the Marketplace

3. Marketing Channel: Definition and Function in the Marketplace

In this lesson, we'll learn about the marketing channel, which allows producers to deliver their product to consumers in the correct quantity, type and location. Without help from additional channel members, most companies would not be able to increase their target market reach and satisfy their customer needs.

Channel Intermediaries: Definition and Function in Business

4. Channel Intermediaries: Definition and Function in Business

Marketing managers must have an effective physical distribution strategy, and companies must be able to deliver their products to the consumer. Most managers utilize channel intermediaries to help with transactional, logistical and facilitating functions. Learn more about this process here.

Logistics of Goods and Services

5. Logistics of Goods and Services

Logistics management is essential for the proper functioning of a supply chain and for successfully serving customers. In this lesson, you'll learn about the role of logistics in supply chain management and how intermediaries can be used in the process.

Marketing Utilities Performed by Intermediaries

6. Marketing Utilities Performed by Intermediaries

Manufacturers need to get their products to consumers, and they do this through the marketing process and with the help of intermediaries. In this lesson, you'll learn about six marketing utilities that are performed by intermediaries.

Supply Chain Management in the Business, Supplier & Customer Network

7. Supply Chain Management in the Business, Supplier & Customer Network

Supply chain management is concerned with all the interconnected businesses that are part of providing end products or services to customers. Learn how SCM can reduce costs and improve customer service.

Types of Wholesale Intermediaries

8. Types of Wholesale Intermediaries

One of the challenges facing many manufacturers of consumer products is getting products in front of consumers. In this lesson, you'll learn about types of wholesale intermediaries and the roles they play in the product distribution process.

Retail Distribution Strategies

9. Retail Distribution Strategies

Retailers, such as department stores, discount stores and boutiques, sell most consumer products. In this lesson, you'll learn about different retail distribution strategies that manufacturers employ to get their products in front of consumers.

Channel Conflict: Horizontal & Vertical Conflict

10. Channel Conflict: Horizontal & Vertical Conflict

A marketing logistics plan can have channel conflict. This occurs when channel members do not agree with pricing, distribution or even logistical operations. The channel member's ultimate goal is to create a comprehensive channel partnership to eliminate any conflict and drive product efficiently to consumers.

Non-Store Retailing: Types, Trends & Examples

11. Non-Store Retailing: Types, Trends & Examples

Most individual consumers purchase products through retailers. Physical 'brick and mortar' stores are not the only type of retailing in the marketplace. In this lesson, you'll learn about retailing beyond traditional retail stores.

Supply Chain Management: Technology, Measurement, Relationship & Material Integration

12. Supply Chain Management: Technology, Measurement, Relationship & Material Integration

Marketing managers realize how distribution can be costly if there is not an efficient plan in place. Supply chain management is a strategy that allows seamless integration of all pieces of the distribution chain.

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