Why relationships matter: the pressure to improve is relentless. Companies are continually scrambling to reduce prices, improve quality, shorten cycle times, introduce new products, and satisfy customers. Meanwhile, global competition is fiercer, and supply markets are more constrained. The only way to survive and prosper in this tough environment is to collaborate with suppliers. That's why relationships matter.(SYNERGY)
Nov 01, 2005; A recent visit to a medical equipment producer revealed a surprisingly simple and traditional model of supply management. This...