Early Supplier Integration in the Design of the Skid-Steer Loader

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PART 5—LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Chapter 16—SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESS INTEGRATION AND A LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE For those for whom integration is not happening, the future is bleak and getting darker.1 There is a lot of value that is “trapped” between the processes trading partners use to transact business, and when companies work together, they can unlock that value and share its benefits.2 LEARNING OBJECTIVES After completing this chapter, you should be able to: Discuss and compare internal and external process integration. Discuss the requirements for achieving process integration. Describe the barriers to internal and external process integration, and what can be done to overcome them. Understand the importance of…show more content…
Q: Ideally, what would you like to get from your suppliers? Noshirwani: When I look at my integrated supply chain of the future, I’m going to use a phrase: a netted integrated supply chain. What does that mean? As Raytheon IDS works to become a Joint Battlespace Integrator, we will have expertise over multiple domains. The challenge for our supply chain organization, then, is to take the suppliers who are expert in certain domains and knit them together to allow us to create solutions to satisfy our customers’ needs and support our business vision. Q: Does this mean that suppliers will be working with other suppliers? Noshirwani: In some cases, absolutely. Then the question is: How do we broker them to partner with each other to bring us the best result? Q: With this new business focus, what sort of measures do you use to determine your success? Noshirwani: Previously, the majority of our metrics were internally focused on the supply chain. While we still have some metrics that are internally focused, we now have an organizational perspective that measures the value we provide to the business. These metrics are in the area of effectiveness, efficiency, capability, and capacity. We’ve also now established metrics that are linked directly to our business performance and to our customer’s expectations. The key focus is: How do we create value for our customers and

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