Ford, Toyota reshape supplier strategies

August 12, 2014 - 12:01 am ET
Ford purchasing boss Hau Thai-Tang is reaching out to supplier CEOs in a bid to get their best teams working with Ford to deliver cutting-edge technology. As a lure, he's dangling global contracts and greater access to product info. Toyota's Robert Young is engaging suppliers earlier in the vehicle-development process. After an endorsement from parts makers, he's promoting an open-door policy and relationships 'built on trust.'

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