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Establishing Partnerships with Suppliers to Achieve Optimal Costing Supply-Base Wide

Time: 10:50 am
day: Day One


• Investigating current resistance to supplier partnerships: what is preventing the
industry from forming long term relationships?
• Debating the positives and negatives of longer-term agreements with suppliers,
such as lifecycle agreements: can these set ups be beneficial, and how can we
minimise their risks?
• Determining the optimal time to involve suppliers in the product development
process: if long term relationships are to be established, when and how is the best
time to do it?