A Link in the Supply Chain

A Link in the Supply Chain Views from Aircraft Parts Distributors By Michelle Garetson April 1999 This is the kind of day where I don't want to see the boss in the hangar," grimaces Pete Schroeder, director of maintenance for...

The Urge to Merge
"The parts distribution business should continue to be strong for many years to come, although there may be far fewer participants," states Quinn. "Consolidation is a fact of life in business, and as pressure on profits continue, many of the weaker players will drop out."

"Certainly, mergers will continue, says Ken Cooper. "Our own company is evidence of that with the acquisition of Cooper and AVSCO in the last few years. About 15 years ago, there was a shift where the manufacturer wanted to supply directly to customers and pretty much do away with distributors — that didn't happen. Today, the Distributor is stronger than ever in the supply chain."

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