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Case Study

Good Supplier Management Aids New Products Launch

Publication:
Quality Progress
Date:
June 2004
Issue:
Volume 37 Issue 6
Pages:
pp. 49-57
Author(s):
Balasubramanian, Raj; Baumgardner, Steve
Organization(s):
Unisys Corp., Roseville, MN

Abstract

Unisys Corporation, once a vertically integrated company that designed and manufactured most of what was needed to support its products, has changed its focus to providing cost effective solutions to its customers. Since this change requires reliance on supply chain partners to introduce new products, Unisys developed a supplier selection and development process that can be used to select appropriate suppliers and to assess supplier performance. Process certification of suppliers allows Unisys to include them in the early stages of product design where their expertise in technical, business and logistic areas allows Unisys to meet or exceed new product introduction goals.

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