Handelslogistik umfaßt im wesentlichen Procurement logistics, Distribution logistics und Entsorgungslogistik. In den letzten Jahren haben zahlreiche Handelsunternehmen ihre Logistik nach Just-in-Time-Gesichtspunkten neu gestaltet.
Characteristics are demand-synchronous delivery systems and goods distribution centers for bundling the delivery and distribution of goods. The crystallization point for efficient logistics systems in retail is the use of computer-aided merchandise management systems that enable item-specific inventory tracking and disposition. Recently, with the ECR concept, the control of the entire logistics chain from the producer of the goods to the retailer to the point of sale has become more important.
The ecological dimension of retail logistics is expressed, among other things, in the concept of city logistics, which is based on extra-urban freight centers.