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Is the Dell model of selling directly without any retail stores always less expensive than a supply chain with retail stores?

please I need a help with this questions in my supply chain management course the case study about the Gateway: : A Direct Sales Manufacturer

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The Dell model of selling directly without any retail stores is always less expensive than a supply chain with retail stores. The prices of the supply chain retail store are a bit higher. This is because they also include their transportation coast and other expenses.

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thank you so much. I know its kind of annoying but please can you answer these question I want to make sure that my answer is right
1) Should a firm with an investment in retail stores carry any finished goods inventory?
2) What are the supply chain implications of Gateway’s decision to offer fewer configurations?
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thank you. I know its kind of annoying but please can you answer these questions I really need a help I am a senior student and tomorrow I should discuses the case study with my Dr. I want to make sure that my answer is right
1) Should a firm with an investment in retail stores carry any finished goods inventory?
2) What are the supply chain implications of Gateway’s decision to offer fewer configurations?
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