Global procurement: Where are your towels coming from?

Think about the word ‘towel’ and I am sure ‘Turkish towel’ will enter your mind, instantly. ‘Turkish’ towels’ have been famous all over the world for several centuries. They are known for their soft texture and thin cotton fibers. Hence, towels from Bursa region of Turkey are exported to several countries far and wide. They have well known presence in the global market. Global procurement is the analysis to locate the best source of products from all around the globe. Usually these regions are considered the best, based on their proximity to raw materials, availability of labor resources and facilities for mass scale production. Hence, global procurement or global sourcing is an important aspect in global trade today.

Companies such as Agile Global trade offer global sourcing through their rich network of contacts. After thorough analysis of your needs, you can source products from different regions of the world. Some of the advantages are low cost, high quality, easy availability of raw materials and mass-scale supply

   So, why are some specific regions famous for their products all over the world? How does global procurement ensure supply of best quality at a reasonable price?

Manufacturing of products in factories

According to a widely accepted economic model, business clusters or global clusters are concentrated geographical regions with expertise in a particular domain. Due to close proximity to raw materials and strong infrastructural facilities, these regions offer competitive advantage over other countries. This explains the reason why most of your towels are sourced from Turkey. And why most of the electronic gadgets you find in the market have ‘Made in China’ tag over them. Shenzen city in South China is considered as the international hub of electronics. Similarly, state of Assam in India is known for its tea leaves.

Assam in India is known for tea plantation

Let us look at some global clusters and their famous products:

  1. Vietnam : Computers, broadcasting equipment, Leather footwear
  2. China: Electronic gadgets, magnets, apparel, toys
  3. India: Iron and steel, jewelry, cotton textiles.
  4. Mexico: Food, automotive equipment, sporting goods, tools

 

Such list of products depict the need for global procurement. For successful operation of business, if you source for high quality products at a low cost, you can offer excellent service to the customers. Hence one must invest into professional procurement. Global procurement is not a fool-proof plan to ensure good business, but one should definitely consider its advantages.  After analysis of shipping modes, additional charges of taxes, exchanges rate, time and quality, you can think about the option of global sourcing.

Careful consideration of risks is another important activity because you are dependent on a foreign land. You can associate with professional procurement companies like Agile Global trade. Direct contact between a global sourcing firm and the foreign country can eliminate barriers of language, time zone, local policies and ensure efficient coordination.

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