TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The concept of defining suppliers in terms of tiers has been around for at least 20 years, and some members of Friday’s (Aug. 9) panel discussion at the automotive Management Briefings Seminars here suggest it might be time to retire the term for something more up to date. “I think the concept of tiers is becoming an anachronism,” says J. Ferron, Partner and Automotive Consulting Leader, Americas for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He explains that as information flow becomes ...

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