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Lean Supplier Development

Establishing Partnerships and True Costs Throughout the Supply Chain

ISBN 13: 9781439811252
ISBN: 1439811253
Author: Chris Harris
Publisher: Productivity Press
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 218
Binding: Soft cover

  • Shows how to analyze and map the total supply chain process
  • Examines the costs and benefits of international sourcing
  • Considers the impacts of organizational culture on supply chain design and operation
  • Describes how to calculate and anticipate risks inherent in any supply chain
  • Details how to assess where standardization is feasible and where customizing to specific customers is needed
In the global marketplace, no business is a self-contained island. No matter how effective your internal material movement, to be a future-thinking business, you must go to the next step and develop long-term supplier partnerships built on a dedication to continuous improvement and the basic concepts of Lean implementation.
Lean Supplier Development: Establishing Partnerships and True Costs Throughout the Supply Chain provides step-by-step instruction on how to build partnerships of mutual improvement and success through supplier development. Offering the same advice that they have successfully applied to corporations across the globe, award-winning consultants Chris Harris, Rick Harris, and Chuck Streeter —
  • Provide criteria on how to choose suppliers that will make good long-term partnerships
  • Demonstrate proven methods for employing Plan for Every Part (PFEP) to link your facility to the supply base
  • Present a true cost model that eliminates guesswork when choosing suppliers to develop
  • Show how to develop and maintain efficient information flow all along your supply chain
  • Use real-world examples to cover likely contingencies
  • Provide a sample quarterly supplier review that you can adapt for your own use
Lean is a journey, not a destination. It requires flexible leaders at the helm who can readily adjust to ever-changing conditions and it requires like-minded partners all along the supply chain. Finding and developing these partners is not about good fortune, it is all about an uncompromising approach to continuous improvement and the application of systematic methods that will build working partnerships that broaden your definition of what is possible


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