This week Ford Motor Company in conjunction with a two-day investor event, announced strategic commodity supply deals with four suppliers, two of which are the globe’s largest producers of lithium, a critical strategic commodity for electric-vehicle production needs. From our lens, these deals represent examples of both supply network vertical integration along with supply network resiliency moves.
Supply Chain Matters reflects on history of technology driven business model transformation for industrial companies, contrasted to recent financial reporting from Ford Motor and Volkswagen AG.
Supply Chain Matters highlights this week’s news related to the implications of Ford Motor in having to warn investors of an unanticipated $1 billion in added quarterly supply chain costs.
The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights Ford Motor’s appointment of a new chief technology and embedded systems officer from the ranks of high tech industry icons and the subsequent implications for automotive industry product design and supply chain networks.
The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a commentary on Ford Motor and the auto manufacturer’s decision to shift to a partial make-to-order customer fulfillment and distribution strategy for U.S. customers. We applaud Ford’s decision and trust that other automakers will initiate similar new thinking of traditional manufacturing and supply chain practices.
Ford’s New Chief Operations Officer Appointment Portends the Stakes in Ongoing Automotive Industry Transformation
The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights Ford motor Company’s recent senior operations management restructuring and how the move portends needs for the high stakes in automotive industry transformation.