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Supply chain management is important to Regal Marine for a number of reasons. As a developer of luxury boats, one of the means of differentiation for Regal is innovative features. The tight lead-times for new product development enable Regal to have a sustainable competitive advantage in innovation. Supply chain management also allows Regal Marine to keep low inventory levels, which reduces cost. Further, because Regal Marine utilizes a multitude of suppliers on each one of its boats, supply chain management is vital to ensure timely delivery of all parts, to spec, at a reasonable price.
Other supply chain techniques that Regal Marine might wish to use to improve their supply chain management are just in time inventory, since reduction in inventories is considered important. Luxury boat production has sufficient lead time to allow for this. Another technique Regal Marine should consider is to undertake regular supply chain analyses. They have a handful of preferred suppliers with whom they have developed a special relationship, but this leaves other relationships up for evaluation. Regal utilizes the discount they enjoy with their membership in the American Boat Builder's Association, but they may yet be able to find better suppliers outside of the ones…[continue]
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