The Issue: Whirlpool Cleans Up Its Supply Chain

A merger with Maytag further complicated Whirlpool's efforts to manage the supply chain. Brian Hancock talks about the challenge

Any time two large manufacturers merge, one of the many areas that has to be looked at is the supply chain. On one hand, the merger represents an opportunity to address inefficiencies in the system. Yet when this aspect of the business has been left unexamined and unchanged for a long time, the reworking of it can be costly and tedious. And doing so is demanded just when the company has various other pressing matters to deal with, such as integrating the workforce and cutting costs.

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