If a manufacturing or assembly supply chain is being operated by a company that is headquartered overseas, attention must be paid to cultivation and maintenance of the relationship between the manufacturer and its suppliers and, ideally, between supplier and supplier. The general consensus of current supply chain literature contends that greater visibility and knowledge sharing between supply chain notes generates deficiencies, economies, and provides for traceability, which, in the event of a supply chain/quality failure, could be crucial. If a fault can be traced to a particular supplier, the ripple effects of the disruption may be contained. The faulty supplier can be isolated and reparation can commence. Moreover, supplies that are upstream of the faulty supplier can continue to flow, so general disruption can be prevented. ...continue reading