India & China top retail source hubs
According to report Global Sourcing: Shifting Strategies released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), cost, quality and the environment would play an increasingly important role as Companies seek to achieve new heights of performance and competitive advantage from the global sourcing programmes.
China and India are expected to continue as the top sourcing hubs in retail and consumer sector globally in the coming years, even as concerns over rising cost, quality and environmental issues may impact their advantage, the PwC report says.
China is the number one destination for global sourcing activities with 83 per cent of Companies interviewed for the survey naming it as the top sourcing nation, while India follows at the second place with 58 per cent.
Global sourcing is experiencing robust growth with increased globalisation. While cost is still the key driver of global sourcing activities, mature Companies are shifting focus to gain greater efficiency in competitive market, with focus on better quality products and collaborative supplier relationships.