Deciding Where to Source – Local, National, Regional, or Global
Stephen C. Rogers
Stephen C. Rogers, Director Worldwide Purchases Mastery, Procter and Gamble Company, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 513-983-5536, Adjunct Professor, Williams College of Business, Xavier University, Rogers.SC@pg.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa L. Cooley
Lisa L. Cooley, Associate Director, Purchases Training and Development, Procter and Gamble Company, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 513-983-0929, Cooley.LL@pg.com
89th Annual International Conference Proceedings - 2004 - Philadelphia, PA
The choice to import or localize supply is one that requires ongoing analysis and a willingness to adjust to emerging realities in the market. To become inflexible and static is to risk being overtaken by competitors with more responsive and current systems. A recurring sourcing process must weigh the business requirement’s unique drivers to local, regional or global supply with the recognition that circumstances change over time. This positions Supply Management to optimally locate its supply base. A nine step assessment thought process forces evaluation of suppliers and market change to make informed geographical choices, not just at inception, but ongoing.