Location and Sourcing

The Outsourcing DecisionOutsourcing is not a one-size-fits-all activity. If all your competitors are investing in or sourcing from China and India, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the right decision for your company. Whether to outsource or offshore manufacturing or services depends on the priority markets you seek to access, the market entry conditions in each one, and the ability of overseas facilities to meet customers’ quality requirements. Whether to subcontract or invest directly may depend on the quality of local subcontractors and the need to protect intellectual property, as well as cost factors.

A Koios analysis helps you determine whether you need to outsource in order to gain a competitive edge in key markets and where you can find the best locations, based on your own company’s unique requirements. A Koios analysis also helps you determine whether your company should build a new plant, invest in or acquire an existing company, outsource manufacturing or services to an independent company, and/or work through an agent or distributor.

Competitive Benchmarking

A TIDS analysis may identify several priority target markets and several potential production locations from which to access those markets. Koios experts, knowledgeable in the drivers of national competitiveness, expert in analysis and development of supply chains, and experienced in comparative benchmarking of investment locations, can help you narrow these choices down to the right location for your business.

Value Chain Analysis and Integration

Your company may be looking at overseas opportunities mainly as a way to enter new markets, or it may be looking mainly to increase its efficiency in serving existing markets. Or both. In either case, a company will need to integrate new markets and/or new production locations into regional and global supply chains and, possibly, to expand supply chains to serve important new markets. Koios Associates has extensive experience mapping national and regional value chains, identifying bottlenecks at the enterprise, sector, government and infrastructure levels, and devising strategies to avoid or eliminate the most significant barriers to profitability.