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Designing Channels of Distribution
Spekman, Robert E.; Farris, Paul W. Technical Note M-0769 / Published April 21, 2009 / 11 pages.
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Product Overview

This note addresses the issues that arise and the complexities that must be addressed when designing a channel of distribution. Content includes the definition of a distribution channel, the steps in its design, functional discounting and margin allocation, the role channels play in branding, and recent trends.


Learning Objectives

The note will help the student gain an appreciation for the range of issues that must be considered and addressed, the trade-offs that exist, and the tensions that must be balanced when designing a viable channel strategy.

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  • Overview

    This note addresses the issues that arise and the complexities that must be addressed when designing a channel of distribution. Content includes the definition of a distribution channel, the steps in its design, functional discounting and margin allocation, the role channels play in branding, and recent trends.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    The note will help the student gain an appreciation for the range of issues that must be considered and addressed, the trade-offs that exist, and the tensions that must be balanced when designing a viable channel strategy.