Chapter 13 Case Study: Supply-Chain Challenges in Post-Earthquake Japan
- What are some of the advantages of the supply chain used in the Japanese auto industry before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami? What were some of its disadvantages?
- Is Toyota’s plan for a “foolproof” supply chain consistent with the Lean production philosophy? Explain.
- Can you think of any additional ways Toyota (and its competitors in the Japanese auto industry) can improve upon the company’s plan to create a “foolproof” supply chain?
- What impact do you think Toyota’s plan will have on the way it handles relationship management in its supply chain?