Toyota Motor Corporation in 2003


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Case Code : BSTA053
Case Length : 24 Pages
Period : 2004
Organization : Toyota Motor Corporation
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : Japan
Industry : Automobile

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Logistics

Toyota realised that in a just-in-time system, reliable transportation service was critical. Developing relationships with carriers and demanding consistent, on-time shipping became a top priority. Toyota took various steps to streamline its logistics processes. Many industry experts believed Toyota's logistics system in the U S was significantly superior to that of the American car manufacturers.

Toyota had made the JIT approach famous in Toyota City, a rural area outside Nagoya. Land was plentiful, and suppliers dedicated to Toyota built plants around the assembly plant. Suppliers would receive a signal just a few hours before parts were needed on the day, building the parts just assembly line...

Concluding Notes

Toyota's lean processes had made it a truly outstanding business model that competitors found it extremely difficult to replicate. According to the well known management scholars, Cusumano and Noboeka, "For several decades, Toyota has been a leader in adopting new organizational structures and processes in both manufacturing and product development. For firms in different industries, it has served as a benchmark for performance in these areas."...

Exhibits

Exhibit I: Toyota: Consolidated Results Summary
Exhibit II: Toyota: A Comparative Study
Exhibit III: Major Product Innovations
Exhibit IV: Centers and their Function
Exhibit V: Geographical Segments
Exhibit VI: Financial Highlights
Exhibit VII: Geographical Segment Information
Exhibit VIII: Consolidated Production
Exhibit IX: Consolidated Sales (by destination)
Exhibit X: Toyota's Ideal Production System
Exhibit XI: Breakdown of Consolidated Net Sales
Exhibit XII: Production
Exhibit XIII: Sales of Toyota's Product Line



 

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