A long-term relationship between a An enterprise that arranges for the acquisition of... and a supplier characterized by teamwork and mutual confidence. The supplier is considered an extension of the buyer’s organization. The partnership is based on several commitments. The buyer provides long-term contracts and uses fewer suppliers. The supplier implements Conformance to requirements or fitness for use. Qu... assurance processes so that incoming inspection can be minimized. The supplier also helps the buyer reduce costs and improve Something that has been or is being produced. and A series of time-based activities linked to comple... designs.