Thursday 5 March 2015

P2 M2 Unit 29

P2 explain the process of distributing goods through different channels from the manufacturer to the customer

Areas to research and discuss:

  1. ·        Define the term ‘distribution channels’
  2. ·         How businesses source their products? Domestically? Internationally? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  3. ·         How do distributions channels vary for large multiple retailers, smaller independent retailers and e-business’s
  4. ·         DESCRIBE 3 different types of retailers and the channels of distribution that they may use? i.e. independent, multiple and e-retailer
  5. ·         What is different in the distribution channels of food and clothing sectors
  6. ·         Explain the key term logistics how do these companies support the distribution process
  7. ·         Discuss the movement of goods through the distribution channels in relation to the DEMAND for the goods paying particular attention to how and where these goods are stored and the location of their storage facilities. How does this vary between the three businesses? Storage locations i.e. warehouses, stockrooms & distribution centres
  8. ·         What methods of transportation do the three different business types discussed previously? as rail, sea, road and air travel
  9. ·         How does the use of IT vary in the different supply chains

M2 Compare the methods used to distribute products and services

D1 - Evaluate the distribution systems in delivering goods and services for a selected organisation

The grading criteria for D1 follows on from M2 and requires learners to evaluate the distribution systems used in delivering goods and services for a selected organisation. For this activity learners can choose one of the organisations they looked at when completing E2. Learners should be reminded that ‘evaluate’ means to make a judgement. This means they will need to look at both the positive and the negative aspects of the distribution systems used. Learners could consider the following:
      responsiveness to consumer needs
      the cost of the distribution system
      using international or domestic suppliers
      using intermediaries
      any other transport arrangements, e.g. shipping.

For each issue identified, such as those above, learners should identify the positives and negatives and then come to a conclusion. Which is the most important? Why?

Unit spec can be found here

P1 Deadline date: Wednesday 11th March 2015

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