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Interest in supply chain management has steadily increased since the 1980s when firms saw the benefits of collaborative relationships within and beyond their own organization. Firms are finding that they can no longer compete effectively in isolation of their suppliers or other entities in the supply chain. A number of definitions of supply chain management… (More)
Introduction Just-in-time (JIT), as an operational philosophy, has been of great interest to manufacturers and researchers alike over the past decade. Toyota Motor Company is credited with developing and operating the approach. During the early 1970s, the application of this philosophy strengthened their competitiveness in the automobile industry. Other… (More)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This report could not have been possible without the assistance of numerous people. We would like to use this space to acknowledge the contributions made by these people and groups. Specifically, we would like to recognize: for acting as recorders during the course of the workshop. Many of the insights and information presented in this… (More)
Many companies implement electronic data exchange (EDI) as part of their customer-supplier partnerships. Both the customers and suppliers expect to gain operational and competitive benefits. This article describes why a midsize midwestern supplier company received only minimal benefits from its EDI installation.