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According to Roger Ball, Procurement from China Involves Risks, Rewards

Roger Ball, procurement specialist, offers tips on sourcing from China.
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    PHILADELPHIA, PA, July 03, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- According to Roger Ball procurement professionals working in today's global economy often come across opportunities to source supplies from China and other international markets. Doing so can prove either advantageous or disadvantageous, and it largely depends on the strategic foresight of the procurement specialist. A recent Supply Management article argues along similar lines, offering several tips for those seeking to source from China. Roger Ball has offered his own statement to the press, commenting on the article and the tips contained within it.

"The truth is that the tips in this article are applicable not just to China, but to any international supplier," notes Roger Ball, procurement professional, in his new press statement. "Today's procurement professionals face immense challenges as they seek to create value within a company. Often, they can do this by sourcing from countries like China, but they also need to be careful they are mitigating risk and eliminating redundancies."

The first tip offered in Supply Management is for procurement professionals to ensure that their orders include clear, specific directions. This includes directions that touch on every last detail, right down to the packaging and the shipping methods preferred.

The article goes on to advise procurement professionals to try to cluster their supply chain vendors close together. China is a sprawling country, and sourcing from two separate vendors on opposite ends of the country can prove wildly inefficient.

A third tip for those sourcing from China--or any international market--is to ensure that the supplier already exports to America, or to wherever the end destination. "Make sure your suppliers already export to your country," Supply Management advises. "They should know the language, quality, customs regulations and logistics requirements."

The Supply Management article offers several ways in which procurement specialists can evaluate a particular vendor. One recommended step is to actually get on a plane and visit the supplier in question, taking special note of quality control methods that are used. Another point is that procurement officers should have an understanding of how vital their business is to the supplier in question. Asks the article, "Would they drop your requirements when a bigger customer takes up their production capacity?"

Procurement specialists should also ensure that they know how they are going to manage these international relationships--whether via regular visits or through video conferences.

"There are may considerations that the procurement professional must make when sourcing to China, to India, or to anywhere else outside the U.S.," notes Roger Ball, procurement specialist. "There are naturally going to arise some additional complications, which may nullify whatever additional value the supplier provides you. At the same time, those additional hoops and hurdles may prove worth it if you can work out a positive and well-functioning professional relationship."

Roger Ball, procurement professional, has served with numerous influential companies, spearheading their procurement and purchasing divisions; he currently heads procurement for the public school system in Fairfax County, Virginia.


Roger Ball procurement and purchasing specialist, currently supervises and directs the procurement team for the public school system of Fairfax County, Virginia. His previous experience includes pivotal roles heading procurement department for major banking institutions, public works, and private companies. In addition to his professional life, Ball is passionate about his family, his church community, travel, and piloting single-engine planes.

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