Global purchasing has more than tripled in less than seven years at DaimlerChrysler AG – saving untold millions – thanks to ongoing restructuring of the auto maker’s non-production procurement operations, executives reveal. In 1999, one year after DC was formed from the merger of Daimler-Benz AG and Chrysler Corp., the new auto maker discovered its purchasing strategy was severely fragmented, says Thomas W. Sidlik, management board member responsible for global procurement and supply. ...

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