Recently, I wrote about Toyota's choice to stockpile parts (click here to read it) in case any of their parts suppliers went under.
Interestingly, in a survey released last week by Planning Perspectives, Inc, Toyota has moved from a rating of "Good to Very Good" in terms of supplier relations to "Adequate". Suppliers were ranked in areas such as: willingness to help suppliers cut costs, paying for canceled programs and rewarding top suppliers with new business.
Toyota is still above the industry average--while the Detroit 3 are below it. Could this new ranking reflect Toyota's current stockpiling philosophy. Is it, indeed, sending a lack of confidence vote to suppliers at a critical time?
Oh, and the biggest turnaround in the rankings? Ford. I sense some trends starting here...