Chapter 15


Working with Suppliers and Partners



I have discussed how to restructure your company into a Lean-thinking, continuous-improvement manufacturing company, and I am sure you have had great success thus far. But now that you have your plant organized, you need to look beyond the walls of the factory and at your extended value stream, which consists of both suppliers and partners because the value stream does not end at the dock door.

Squeezing the supplier to reduce cost has run its course; you have been asking your suppliers ...

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