A facility that accepts inbound consignments of raw materials, components or finished goods, divides and then recombines them into outbound shipments. Many DCs also contain specialised handling/storage equipment and IT systems and serve as warehouses
location where orders from booksellers are received and processed and where books are stored and dispatched. Since the days when every publisher had its own warehouse and trade counter (from which local orders were supplied on demand), the trend has been towards large out of town distribution centres servicing the requirements of many publishers and imprints.
An interface between the manufacturer and end user, often managed by a 3PL, where product is held on a short term basis before final delivery. Value added services such as postponed manufacturing are often provided at a Distirbution Centre