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Reflections of Supply Chain Participants

Automobile Supply Chain in Europe Versus North America

Interview on August 15, 2008, with Achim Paechtner, Former Senior Manager at Toyota of Europe The purpose of the interview was to understand the differences of the automobile supply chain in Europe versus North America. Achim Paechtner identified four major […]

How Toyota and Suppliers Work Together as Partners

Interview on September 23, 2008, with Jeffrey Smith,Vice President and General Manager, Toyota Business Unit, Johnson Controls The purpose of the interview was to discuss how Toyota and suppliers work together as partners. Jeffrey Smith described the forecasts shared by […]

How Toyota Suppliers Interact with Toyota

Interview on August 20, 2008, with Gary Dodd, Former President of Tire & Wheel Assembly and Former Executive with Toyota The purpose of the interview was to discuss how Toyota suppliers interact with Toyota and to understand Toyota’s supply chain […]

How Toyota Dealers Interact with Toyota

Interview on September 3, 2008, with Steve Gates,Toyota Dealer The purpose of the interview was to discuss how Toyota dealers interact with Toyota and to better understand the dealer’s role in the supply chain. Steve Gates started by explaining the […]

Logistics Operation at Toyota in North America

Phone Interview on September 25, 2008, with Mike Botkin, General Manager of Logistics,Toyota The purpose of the interview was to discuss the logistics operation at Toyota in North America. Mike Botkin is general manager of the North American Logistics division. […]

Toyota Production Control Regarding Production Planning and Scheduling

Interview on August 21, 2008, with David Burbidge,Vice President of Production Control,Toyota The purpose of the interview was to discuss the role of production control regarding production planning and scheduling. David Burbidge described how the production plans are adjusted to […]

How Toyota Selects and Develops Suppliers

Interview on August 21, 2008, with Jamey Lykins, Toyota Purchasing General Manager The purpose of the interview was to understand how Toyota selects and develops suppliers. Jamey Lykins says that Toyota’s view of procurement is to “cultivate the market and […]

How Toyota Works with its Suppliers

Interview on August 21, 2008, with Gene Tabor, General Manager, Purchasing-Supplier Relations, Supplier Diversity, and Risk Management The purpose of the interview was to discuss how Toyota works with its suppliers and to better understand Toyota’s working relationship with suppliers. […]