Direct Materials: The Supply Chain’s Missing Link for Performance Improvement


  • Report Details: The research for this report was conducted via an online survey from February 2 – September 12, 2016. Surveys were conducted among manufacturers who purchase direct materials and are familiar with the process of selecting and managing direct materials suppliers at their company (n=34).
  • Objective: To determine the satisfaction and current performance levels of existing technologies for direct materials.
  • Highlight: Respondents rate their direct materials technology as effective in evaluating price, lead times, and delivery reliability, but less effective in determining financial viability and innovation.

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