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Greasing the Wheels: Ways to Put Supply Chain Collaboration into Action


Aerospace and defense (A&D) companies increasingly find themselves competing as supply chains, rather than as individual businesses. Yet many continue to treat their supply chains as traditional buyer-seller relationships and not as true collaborative relationships. The results? Production delays, inefficiencies and cost overruns that can undermine profitability and tarnish a company’s reputation in the marketplace.

To address these problems, A&D companies must move beyond transactional-based relationships and develop comprehensive approaches for collaborating on key processes across the supply chain network:

  • Establish cross-functional ownership and C-level support
  • Set clear goals
  • Focus on process improvement
  • Integrate systems
  • Actively manage change
  • Build relationships and trust
  • Establish rock-solid data security

This document offers a time-tested approach and framework to consider as you think through the steps and activities necessary to begin this journey. 

Download the full report below in PDF format.

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