Supply Chains at Ford

Supply Chains at Ford: Applying Concepts to Business
write memos based on videos that are found at
1. http://bevideos.mhhe.com/business/video_library/007326881x/swf/Clip_01.html
2. http://bevideos.mhhe.com/business/video_library/007326881x/swf/Clip_02.html
3. http://bevideos.mhhe.com/business/video_library/007326881x/swf/Clip_03.html
 
Summarize what you saw. Give your opinions about it. Discuss specific links to the various chapters we covered
in that part of the course.
Why did the Chicago Ford Plant change from 2 product lines to 5 product lines? What additional complexities did
that decision create for this Ford plant and their workers and their supply chain?
How did Ford change their production processes to go from 2 to 5 product lines?
How do Ford and their suppliers adjust to this change? How did they reduce travel time in their JIT system? What
is the value of their supplier campus?
How do Ford dealers manage within this new supply chain? What is different for them, and how does the change add
value to their part of the value chain?
Update this video information with two recent articles that deal with how the US automobile industry is
dealing with this issue in today’s economy.
 
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