Since conducting its first supplier survey for Ford Motor Company in 1990, PPI has become known for its proprietary assessment process based on confidential surveys of a client’s supply base to determine the suppliers’ perceptions of the client’s working relations. The assessment process includes the use of confidential Internet-based large-scale surveys, i.e., the Supply Base Standard™ Survey or the Supply Base Custom™ Survey. These surveys provide clients a unique quantitative measure, the Working Relations Index®, plus additional statistically relevant data that provide a fact-based understanding of how suppliers perceive a client’s working relations policies, programs, and relationships.
The survey results are translated into actionable recommendations tailored specifically for the client and the client’s competitive situation. The recommendations are designed to unlock the tangible, intangible, and competitive benefits available from suppliers to improve the client’s working relations with its suppliers.