Supplier base management: experiences from the UK and Germany

Marek Szwejczewski, Keith Goffin, Fred Lemke, Rolf Pfeiffer, Bertram Lohmüller

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Abstract

Streamlining the supplier base is a common approach in many US and UK manufacturing companies. However, is this approach being adopted in Germany as fast as it has in the UK? This paper describes research that answers this question and investigates how German companies are managing contacts with their suppliers. The research was conducted in two stages. First, a postal survey of German and UK manufacturers identified the supplier base trends. Second, a follow-up telephone survey of a random sample of German plants investigated supplier management processes. The findings show that German manufacturers have not reduced their supplier base by as much as their UK counterparts. However, German manufacturers that have reduced their supplier base perceive significant benefits. Currently, many companies appear to have failed to recognize the potential of working with a reduced supplier base.
LanguageEnglish
Pages45-58
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Management
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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Szwejczewski, M., Goffin, K., Lemke, F., Pfeiffer, R., & Lohmüller, B. (2000). Supplier base management: experiences from the UK and Germany. International Journal of Logistics Management, 11(2), 45-58. https://doi.org/10.1108/09574090010806155
Szwejczewski, Marek ; Goffin, Keith ; Lemke, Fred ; Pfeiffer, Rolf ; Lohmüller, Bertram. / Supplier base management : experiences from the UK and Germany. In: International Journal of Logistics Management. 2000 ; Vol. 11, No. 2. pp. 45-58.
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In: International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2000, p. 45-58.

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