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The world’s leading authority on company-supplier working relations.


Planning Perspectives, Inc. (PPI) is the world’s leading authority on company-supplier working relations.

Planning Perspectives, Inc. (PPI) is the world’s leading authority on company-supplier working relations. Located in Birmingham, Michigan in the USA, PPI offers its clients an integrated approach to understanding and improving all aspects of their supplier-interfacing activities to help them develop collaborative supplier relations that contribute to profits and sustainable marketplace competitive advantages.

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.

In addition to the Supply Base Standard™ Survey, the Supply Base Pulse™ Survey, and Supply Base Custom™ Survey , PPI’s services include, the North American Annual Automotive Industry™Study.

PPI’s non-survey-based products include Advisory Services, and our Engage A Professor Service for educational presentations by Dr. John Henke Jr. , president of PPI , at company supplier gatherings, conferences, etc.

Dr. John Henke Jr.

Most companies are missing out on an important opportunity for improved profitability simply because they are unaware of the profit contribution their suppliers can bring.