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What are the global supply chain management (GSCM) challenges associated with Toyota?

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At a very high level the global supply chain management challenges are quality, cost, and delivery. These challenges are amplified when you consider the breadth of Toyota's supply chain and the staggering number of different suppliers that they deal with.

Toyota has received a significant amount of bad press over the last few years due to recalls, safety, and quality related matters. A large majority of the issues can be traced back to Toyota's separation from the principles that the company was founded on. Not only had Toyota separated from these principles but they were bringing on supplier partners that had no intention of living and breathing the Toyota Production System.

In the early years of Toyota and the Toyota ...

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1. Describe the organization's supply chain. List the key components and include the key stakeholders, vendors, technologies, and if applicable, modes of transportation that are involved.

2 How might you redesign the company's supply chain for maximum effectiveness and harmony? Outline the key inputs and outputs of your supply chain and distinguish the suppliers that merit partnership status. Justify their status with specific reasons.

3. Will your design involve only domestic logistics or will you need to consider global operations in your strategy? If applicable, how will the need for global operations affect your strategy and partner base?

4. How would you gain buy-in for your design? Which company executives, divisions, departments, and/or co-workers would you approach to help implement your design?

5. If you had to present your redesign to a group of key stakeholders, how would you organize your presentation and what techniques for presenting would you employ? What strategies would you implement to receive and address critical feedback?

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