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UK Distribution Market Review

  • ID: 3923
  • January 2001
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • Key Note Ltd
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Market Overview
Distribution is defined in this Review as the physical distribution of goods as part of the supply chain - particularly the movement of goods from suppliers to retailers and to the final consumer. The UK distribution industry provides services both to importers supplying the UK market and to UK manufacturers, which may supply both UK and foreign customers. The Review covers domestic and international distribution services, including transport by all modes - road, rail (including the Channel Tunnel), sea, inland waterway and air - and the services of agents such as freight forwarders.

Historically, many large companies in the UK have provided their own transport link in the distribution chain through their own transport fleets (normally provided in the form of 'own-account' road haulage operations). Now, this function is increasingly being contracted out to specialist transport companies, whose role is to provide a dedicated transport service, integrated with their client's own operations and managed as part of the client's overall logistics function.

The UK transport industry is, in general, highly fragmented - especially in those sectors that provide READ MORE >

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