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NMMA Introduces Marine Industry Supply Chain Standards

SCS Manual, Training Poster and SCS Consultant Available to Members

by: Dan Green, NMMA Staff,

(Apr. 28, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) Accessory manufacturers that want to improve their supply chain now have several resources available to them. Complementing the Marine Industry Supply Chain Standards (SCS) Manual launched last October, the Mutual Efficiency Forum (MEF) Aftermarket Task Force has introduced a training poster and hired an SCS consultant. The MEF Aftermarket Task Force, a group established by the Accessory Manufacturer Division (AMD) of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), is comprised of accessory manufacturers, distributors and retailers. The SCS manual, which was introduced at IBEX 2003, contains a set of recommended guidelines for invoicing, shipping, packing, labeling, returns, and Proposition 65. It was developed for marine industry suppliers and buyers to help in their sales and purchasing transactions. "The task force surveyed accessory manufacturers prior to re-launching the standards described in the manual to determine the top five errors that most impacted their supply chain" said Jason Pajonk, president of Taylor Made Products and chairman of the task force. "Through this data we were able to narrow our focus and develop a plan for helping companies improve their supply chain management." As part of these continuing efforts, the group recently produced the training poster for companies to post in their shipping areas. The poster details the requirements for packaging, labeling and shipping products to their customers as described in the manual. The SCS poster was recently mailed to all NMMA AMD members and will be distributed to members of the National Marine Distributors Association as well. The SCS consultant was hired by the group to provide accessory manufacturers with a resource to assist them in implementing the standards described in the SCS manual. For more information on NMMA's Marine Industry Supply Chain Standards and corresponding resources contact Jennifer Thompson at 312-946-6226; jthompson@nmma.org. National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce over 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the United States. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy, market research and data, product quality assurance and marketing communications.