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Toyota’s Top Suppliers

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Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. :: Toyota Honors Top Suppliers For 2006

Toyota Way Principle #11:

Respect your extended network of partners and suppleirs by challenging them and helping them improve.

I'm sure Toyota won't be dumping these (or any?) suppliers because someone else offers a slightly cheaper price?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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  1. robert says

    I agree: Grow together with your suppliers and partners for mutual benefit. This all hinges on:

    . Mutual Understanding & Trust
    . Interlocking Structures
    . Information Sharing
    . Kaizen & Learning
    . Compatible Capabilities
    . Control Systems
    . Joint Improvement Activities

    We shall see ….

    Rob

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