Tor Ford Motor Company Case Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… 1) Synchronous Material Flow - a continuous flow of material and products driven by a fixed sequenced and leveled vehicle schedule utilizing flexibility and lean manufacturing process - one key is In Line Vehicle Sequencing - uses vehicle in process storage devices & computer software to ensure vehicles are assembled in order sequence - By using the sequence Ford could tell suppliers when and where certain components would be needed 2) Order to Delivery - 15 days from customer order to delivery of product - forecasting from dealers of customer demand - min 15 days of vehicles in each assembly plant - regional mixing centers to optimize schedules & deliveries of finished vehicles via rail - variable order process to be able to make small changes without having to enter a new order - E.G trim color • • • Ford's regional expansion to address the competition for market shares demanded cost management for the infrastructure upgrades IT infrastructure places limitations on the type of application development based on the platforms Easy access to information and prompt delivery of vital data to key individuals requires proper knowledge managementOrganizations reengineering and process remodeling is necessary when adapting new technologies to maintain the cost and increase efficiency Supply chain errors and delays can severely affect the progress of the business and the market value of the …show more content…
b) Disadvantages: Ford’s IT will eventually become obsolete. 2) Form a mix of online and offline operations and lay procedures to enable customization and ordering by customers over the internet but maintain physical dealerships as well. a) Advantages: Customization to clients, start of vertical integration, b) Disadvantages: Costly, time consuming, requires internal and external changes which are not easy to handle and integrate with other operations. 3) Create a virtually integrated supply chain based on Dell's model. Ford and all its …show more content…
Keeping the existing supply chain would continue to deliver the same dismal results and declining profits for the company which eliminates option 1. The third option seems illogical when we take into account the fact that Ford is an automobile manufacturing company and Dell assembles customized computers for its customers via the internet, eliminating dealerships all across and relying on website for its sales will put it at a great disadvantage with other auto makers. In spite of the recent loss of trust and quality issues with Toyota we will base our recommendations and critique comparing Toyota’s usage of information technology in making their process and operations lean. Toyota has been the forerunner in implementing many of

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