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Aftermarket support and the supply chain: Exemplars and implications from the aerospace industry

M. Theodore Farris II (Department of Marketing and Logistics, College of Business Administration, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)
C. Michael Wittmann (Department of Marketing and Logistics, College of Business Administration, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)
Ron Hasty (Department of Marketing and Logistics, College of Business Administration, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 1 January 2005

Abstract

Purpose

To examine supply chain competences necessary to efficiently and/or effectively succeed in aftermarket support.

Design/methodology/approach

Using the aerospace industry as a context, this paper provides a brief overview of aftermarket support practices and trends and discusses the broader implications for aftermarket supply chain managers.

Findings

There are multiple approaches to aftermarket support. Which approach should be used depends on key variables including: technology, need for visibility and/or traceability, and need for collaborative product commerce.

Research limitations/implications

This paper is a general review. Future research should examine resources necessary in individual industries, other forms of relationships, and the influence of new technologies.

Practical implications

In many industries, there are significant opportunities for incremental profit in aftermarket support. Collaborative product commerce, alliances, a number of new technologies (e.g. web commerce), and security needs may play critical roles in determining whether or not a company's aftermarket support practices will be profitable. Firms without competences in these areas should seek help from trusted partners to fill competence gaps.

Originality/value

This paper explores an often ignored but significant line of business – aftermarket support. Lessons demonstrated in this paper may be used in a number of industries that rely on aftermarket support for incremental profit.

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Citation

Theodore Farris, M., Wittmann, C.M. and Hasty, R. (2005), "Aftermarket support and the supply chain: Exemplars and implications from the aerospace industry", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 6-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600030510577403

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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