TOWARDS SINGLE SOURCING CUSTOMER-SUPPLIER CHAINS
Multiple sourcing has been traditionally seen as the more viable option for many reasons. Multiple sourcing has however always been recognized as inadequate for reasons such as costs of administration, travelling, inventory costs due to the carrying of various items, difficulties in controlling levels of variation in incoming materials/ components because of the variety of sources, etc.
Customer-supplier chains: Advantages/disadvantages:
The transition in customer-supplier dealings far a TQM environment: