Sourcing & Procurement

avalon-sourcing_1Avalon Sourcing & Procurement is one of the leading providers of strategic sourcing services in the world. Every year, we help hundreds of organizations save millions in spend. Staffed by experienced category specialists, our sourcing teams get sustainable results fast – real results that improve the bottom line and create competitive advantage.

A proprietary mix of outstanding analytical and sourcing tools, talent and supporting infrastructure are positioned in regional offices and operations centers across the globe, so we hit the ground running to deliver value from Day One.

  • Category experts on staff
  • Dedicated market intelligence and analytics teams
  • State-of-the-art analytical and sourcing tools
  • A rapidly increasing database of global suppliers
  • A repository of best-practice methodologies, processes and specialized templates
  • Local teams in major markets across Europe, Asia and the Americas

Join us and let us help you realize measurable, hard-dollar savings, increasing spend under management and expanding your team’s strategic reach and effectiveness.

Innovation Unlocks Opportunity

Avalon Sourcing & Procurement has pioneered a holistic approach to spend management and strategic sourcing.

We use techniques and tools that go far beyond unit price reduction to address deeper, often untapped opportunities for savings, including:

  • Spend Consolidation
  • Demand Management
  • Product Rationalization
  • Value Improvement
  • Should Cost Analysis
  • Operational Cost Reduction
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Low-cost Country Sourcing

Our delivery approach is flexible at its core. We configure solutions to suit your specific goals, ranging from multi-year programs to achieve specific savings targets, to short-term, category-specific engagements where you want to shore up in-house expertise.

Blended Model Leverages Expertise Worldwide

While onsite, Avalon Sourcing & Procurement staffers typically drive program management, engage functional stakeholders, support change management and ensure implementation. Avalon Sourcing & Procurement offices and operations centers in major markets worldwide provide analytical horsepower, market intelligence and execution support.

Together taken, this model ensures good communication and engagement, delivers faster time-to-value and high return on investment.

Opportunity Assessment

Aiming for Smarter Spend? We’ll Show You How.

Decoding sourcing dilemmas

An advanced analysis of historic spend data is the backbone of any Strategic Sourcing solution. Apart from spend analysis Avalon Sourcing & Procurement conducts a thorough review of existing sourcing processes to present an ‘As is to Ideal’ road map. This is made possible through relevant inputs from stakeholders. Procurement teams, higher management and suppliers are actively engaged to draw a detailed long term savings roadmap. This is generally followed by identification of categories, with potential savings and a supply market analysis.

  • Analysis of category data by supplier, business unit, sub-categories, diversity spend, number of purchase orders
  • Identify synergies between different BUs/companies and opportunity for supplier rationalization
  • Identify, quantify and prioritize the opportunities, based on potential savings, category complexity, ease of implementation and other change management factors
  • Develop a procurement transformation and sourcing roadmap, resource estimation, timelines for sourcing execution and savings cash flow

Low-Cost Country Sourcing

More Value, Less Time

Research says best-in-class procurement organizations source at least 20% of their enterprise spend from low-cost countries.

Whether or not your procurement team has experience in Low-cost Country Sourcing (LCCS) Avalon Sourcing & Procurement can help you achieve more value more rapidly.

In fact, on average, Avalon Sourcing & Procurement delivers incremental savings of 25% to 30% when sourcing from low-cost country sources, instead of domestic suppliers.

Local Knowledge is Essential

Our LCCS teams bring strong category-specific technical know-how, understanding of local policy trends, tax rules and trade-related regulations to the table.

This local knowledge is augmented with our industry-leading analytical capabilities, market intelligence and category expertise to help our clients minimize risk, maximize value and adopt Low-cost Country Sourcing with confidence.

Our LCCS services include:

Category Assessment

Spend Profiling, LCCS Suitability, Clean-sheet Costing and TCO Analysis

Market and Country Assessment

Country Profiling, Vendor Landscaping and Risk Assessment

Supplier Identification and Assessment

Supplier Research, Capability Assessment and Audits

Sourcing and Negotiations

Strategy Development, Bid Process Management and Negotiations

Execution and Implementation

Contract Execution, Supplier On-boarding, Logistics Plan Development, On-going Audits and Supplier Development.

Avalon Sourcing & Procurement’s category expertise in LCCS spans numerous direct and indirect spend categories from countries across Asia Pacific, East Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Learn more about Avalon Sourcing & Procurement’s global presence or category expertise.

Learn more about low-cost country sourcing with Avalon Sourcing & Procurement.

SMART SOURCING

While often the prime driver of global outsourcing initiatives, low cost is just one important reason for globalizing your supplier base. Of increasing importance are a number of more strategic factors, including:

  • Creating more overall customer value for spend
  • Penetration of new growth markets
  • Access to global talent and innovation
  • Alignment of procurement strategy to long-term corporate strategy

At the same time, low-cost country sourcing presents some thorny challenges. Some locations may offer attractive pro forma savings – through reduced production costs – but the total cost might, in fact, be higher.

Overseas transportation, currency fluctuations and import duties can quickly erode the benefits of low production costs and labor rates. And unstable or ineffective regulation, and unreliable suppliers or logistical issues can spike expenses, hurt product quality or even damage company reputation.

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