The Rediscovery of Keiretsu – Vertically Integrated Partnerships with Your Supply Base

This is an AArete Profitability Improvement insight

In the world of business, the term “Keiretsu” refers to a form of corporate organization that was popularized in Japan during the post-war era. In recent years, however, the concept of Keiretsu has been rediscovered by scholars and analysts who are interested in exploring its potential application in today’s globalized economy. This renewed interest in Keiretsu is driven in part by the recognition that the traditional model of Western-style corporations has some limitations, particularly in terms of fostering long-term relationships between firms and promoting collaboration.

Specific to procurement, the 2023 supplier relationship needs to change, and teams can learn from specific aspects of Keiretsu to deliver a competitive advantage in their approach to supplier and cost management.

Read Tyler Higgins’ full article on the rediscovery Keiretsu related to procurement on the Future of Sourcing

About the Author

About the Author

Tyler has robust experience leading multi-year sourcing initiatives within Higher Education, Retail, Consumer Products, Transportation and Energy, achieving over $250M in strategic profitability improvement. He has over 10 years of sourcing experience and developing strategic solutions regarding innovation, automation, process improvements, and strategic programs integral in generating substantial strategic profitability improvement. He has completed projects in a multitude of sourcing categories including temporary labor, most facilities (material and services) areas, IT hardware and software, scientific supplies, supply chain/transportation, outsourcing and human resource benefits. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a published author in Internet Retailer.