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  • The trap of traditional practices
  • Long range supplier planning and visibility
  • Supplier scheduling for streamlined communication and synchronization
  • Simple replenishment tools such as demand pull, Kanban, etc.
  • Vendor managed inventory (VMI)
  • Managing relationships and time zones
  • Reducing supplier lead times for mutual benefit
  • Organizational effects of new scheduling practices
  • Working with suppliers and carriers to lower transportation costs
  • Total purchase costs vs. invoice price
  • Reducing costs and paperwork
  • New concepts in negotiation
  • Improving supplier flexibility / agility
  • Involving suppliers in new product design and development
  • Supplier consolidation
  • Business-to-business, e-commerce, EDI – using the internet to improve the accuracy and timeliness of communication
  • Performance measurements – constructing a “supplier report card”
  • Supplier certification programs