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Business studies revision Channel of Distribution An advantage of selling products to a wholesaler is that you can send everything to one place, as a wholesaler would have the space required to store the products. It is very simple, as you only get one invoice, instead of lots if you sell your products to another place. Advertising would be easier, as your product would be advertised with other products, they would advertise for you. There are disadvantages too- it takes time for the products to be available to be sold- buy that time, the product may not be in as good situation to sell, for example foods and drinks, cakes could be stale, and milk could have gone out of date. Likewise, if you want a change of products, it would take time to re-stock the new products. Channel of Distribution For example, if a producer produces Children's clothing for export, it would go down the agent, wholesaler then retailer to consumer route. ...read more.


* High quality * Greater job satisfaction. * Labour intensive and therefore expensive. * Takes a long time to make * Difficult to manage efficiently. Batch A production method where there are different types of products made, though one type as a time. * Good for identical products * Workers may be less motivated Mass/ Flow A product method where the same product is produced continuously. * Very efficient method * Produces minimum unit cost * Good for identical products * Good for identical products * Workers may be less motivated * Worker may have to work shifts * No room for personalising for customer needs * Highly capital intensive for customer needs- you need a lot of capital to buy all the machinery necessary. Trade Union Trade Union is- * Pressure groups- a group of people with similar interests. * They act of behalf of their members ad try to influence others and protect their interests. ...read more.


who is a major pressure group that tries to influence Government and the EU. * If unions and employers can't agree this is called an Industrial Action. * If this dispute carries on and is not sorted, action is taken, leading to Industrial Action- e.g. Strikes!! * Apart from strike there is 3 other ways- o Work-to-rule- o Go slow- productivity is slowed down. o Overtime ban :( To decide if industrial action is taken, a ballot is usually taken. :( Members are not expected to work if the overall vote is to take industrial action- striking? :( If they do, this (not strike though the votes say so) is called crossing the picket line Trade Union membership has fallen down from 12 million to 7 million from the 70's, because of 3 main reasons. o Laws passed in the 80's have reduced the power of a Union o Fewer people work in manufacturing which have the highest membership rates. o A European Works Council Directive has been put in place which requires employers with more than 50 employees to have regular council meetings. ...read more.

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