- Brick-and-mortar shops. Retail business with store fronts...in other words, a physical structure (made with "brick and mortar"). You physically walk into this type of shop to buy products.
- Online retailers. Businesses who operate solely from a website. There is no store front. Sometimes these businesses warehouse products and ship directly from their warehouse to the end consumer. However, they also may drop-ship items...which means they relay the order to the manufacturer, and the manufacturer ships the order to the end consumer. A benefit of this business model is the online retailer has much less overhead in that they do not need to own a warehouse, or buy lots of product inventory.
- Distributors and wholesalers. A wholesaler buys product in bulk from a manufacturer for a discount. Sams' Club and Costco are great examples to which most of us can relate. They buy wholesale, then the consumer buys from them. A distributor buys goods from a wholesaler or manufacturer, then distributes them to retailers, or to smaller distributors. A distributor is akin to a middle man, helping to get the product from point A to point B.
I'd love to hear any advice, comments, or lessons you've learned while determining the right place to sell your product.