The term outbound logistics describes the transport from a production facility to the customer. Thus, the tasks include warehousing, packaging and the transport of the final goods to the buyer. Some synonyms are: outgoing logistics, sales logistics, distribution logistics.
Outbound logistics can be divided into three areas:
- Sales avenues and sales channels/distribution system
- Sales agents/acquisitive distribution
- Logistics systems/logistical distribution
The opposite of outbound logistics is inbound logistics (incoming logistics), which establishes the connection to raw material suppliers. Here, products enter the company for manufacturing. Goals of incoming logistics are to keep the storage capacities as low as possible, avoid overbuying, and ensure on-time and low-cost delivery.