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The Ford Motor Company’s Supply Chain Management 2
The Ford Motor Company’s Supply Chain Management ABSTRACT The influx of foreign automobiles that flood the United States market is higher than ever before and American companies are struggling to adapt to this decrease in market share. Ford is one of the organizations that has restructured its supply chain strategy to better integrate suppliers into their system reducing cost and making delivery more efficient.
INTRODUCTION Background of Ford As European and Asian car manufacturers continue to make advancements on the American markets, Ford 's market share will decrease even further. One of the processes that Ford must improve is its supply chain management. By being able to speed up and better interact with suppliers and consumers, Ford will regain lost market share by communicating customer needs between themselves and their suppliers and acting upon these requests quicker and more efficiently. The Ford Motor Company has been the focus of supply chain operations analysts lately as they have begun to revamp their supply chains and how they interact with suppliers and customers. Ford has been a leading automaker and pioneer for the automotive industry for the better part of a century. Established in 1903, the company 's single greatest contribution to automotive manufacturing was the moving assembly line... which was first implemented in 1913. This innovation in the car making industry was one that would send the Ford Motor Company into a global market with mass production of its vehicles. Nineteen years after Ford started producing automobiles, fifteen-million Model T Ford 's had been produced and the Ford
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