We have evaluated the capacity by visiting the facilities, checking the production lines, and going through quality, delivery and used capacity ratios. The capacity to increase delivery quantities of a supplier within short lead times is important as the buyer may be uncertain about their exact quantity needs over the life of the contract. This is particularly important for long-term contracts. Although Pacific Systems has already forecasted certain units, unforeseen market events might change the amount of units needed and therefore a further capability analysis is always necessary in order to make sure that the suppliers fulfill the requirements. 5. Supplier selection decisions, such as the one presented in this case, usually require many weeks or months of analysis and discussion before reaching final agreement with a supplier(s). Creatively identify ways that the buying company can shorten the time from recognition of a purchase need to reaching agreement with the selected supplier. (Hint: Consider performing certain required activities concurrently or in anticipation of a purchase requirement).
Competitiveness customer pressures are demanding lower cycle times in all business activities. The sourcing process is one of them and many approaches can be undertaken to reduce the cycle time for this operation.
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