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Study of supplier and supply management:

Introduction:
Some SME contacted us and requested that we conduct a study of supplier and supply management especially identifying the practices and requirements of foreign buying organizations.
The SME wished us to develop guidelines for them to upgrade themselves. They wished to enhance their business prospects with a view to targeting buyers who recognize value and thereby move themselves away from the low end cut throat market.

Methodology:
Part A: Interviews were conducted with Buyers and Manufacturers on issues and challenges:
Part B: A study of common practices of US and European purchasing organizations was conducted.
Part C: Interviews were conducted with Third Party Inspection and Assessment companies to ascertain their common findings concerning manufacturers.

Deliverable: An eBooklet on the study of supplier and supply management had been prepared.

Outline of eBooklet on Supplier and Supply Management:
Aims of eBooklet:
1. To provide useful information to smaller overseas buyers who cannot afford to have a buying office in Far East.
2. To provide useful information to manufacturers who wish to target buyers who recognize value.

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Description

Content:

Remarks:

1

Introduction:
Purpose and aims:

1.1  Introduction to study
1.1  Outsourcing
1.2  Purpose and aims
1.3  Methodology

 

2

Conduct interview with buyers and manufacturers on issues and challenges:

2.1A  Issues facing buyers
2.1B  Large vs SME
2.1C  Consumer vs industrial comparison
2.2  Challenges facing manufacturers

 

3

Conduct study of common practices:

3.1  Strategy
3.2  Sourcing and identification
3.3  Supplier Qualification Assessment
3.4  Product transfer
3.5  Procurement operations
3.6  Supplier performance management
3.7  Problem solving and improvement
i. 8D problem solving project
ii. SPC
iii. Cost reduction

 

4.

Summary of results from Independent Inspection and Certification service company.

:

4.1  Social responsibility assessment
(i)  Appendix: Summary of Social responsibility assessment result
4.2  Pre-shipment inspection
(ii)  Appendix: 4.2 Summary of Pre-shipment inspection (link to 3.5.5)

 

5

Advice to buyers and manufacturers

5.1  Advice to buyers
5.2  Advice to manufacturers

 

6

Experience sharing by Xerox and US manufacturer

6.1  Power Point supplied by Xerox
6.2  Experience sharing by US manufacturer

 

7

Researcher

7.1  Leslie Lee

 

8

Summary

8.  Summary

 

 

 

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