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In a piece of software, what would I call a place or building where products may be stored before their export or distribution for sale, particularly for online stores (such as Amazon.com)?

It will look like this:

  • Small Independent _____ has 200 item(s).
  • Books, Electronics and DVD/VCD products in the Medium Owned _____.
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Why was the question downvoted? Edit: canceled vote. – Alenanno May 5 '11 at 9:25
I have no idea why this question was bumped, or how I ended up in this page, but this question makes no sense to me, even after substituting the accepted/suggested answers into the blank spaces in the provided example. – Matsmath May 21 at 11:10
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A bit more information may help you select between the other answers.

A warehouse is any building used primarily to store goods.

A distribution centre is a warehouse typically used to dispatch goods in bulk to retail outlets. A distributor is distinct from a retailer (online or otherwise).

A fulfillment centre is a warehouse typically used to dispatch goods to individual consumers. It "fulfills" customer orders directly.

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What's wrong with warehouse?

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How about fulfillment center ?

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Distribution Centre includes warehouses and other buildings that perform this function.

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