Believe it or not, there’s a big group of suppliers out there that still have a lock on auto maker business, even though they are terribly inefficient and their costs are spiraling out of control. These suppliers account for as much as $1,400 of the cost of a U.S.-built vehicle – more than the cost of the steel. Their inventory and process controls are archaic, their billing systems are out of date and their relations with their customers, employees and labor unions aren’t good. Despite ...

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