International procurement and global sourcing: we find the right manufacturers and service providers
With our international network, knowledge of local markets and contacts with various exporters Affirm experts can also help you to source the right products or services abroad. We have a clear approach for this.
It all starts with your requirements
Our main concern is that you get the products or services that you need, against proper conditions and with reputable parties. Therefore we first start with defining the type of manufacturer or service provider that you are looking for. We also make an estimate with you of the purchasing volume and duration of the sourcing contract. We also list what you want to know about the offerings to base your decision on.
If you already have a country in mind where you want to source, then we will start there. If not, we will look together with you based on wage levels, trading data and proximity what would be the best country to start with.
We use our network to find the right vendors
Once we have your requirements clear, we will send them to our colleagues in the focus countries. They will start checking their network, approaching companies and see whether these are interested to provide more information or to make a bid. We make appointments with the short-listed companies for you. We join you in the video conference calls to the short-listed companies, and help you during the meetings. This way we try to optimize the communication between you and the vendors.
You pay us mainly based on results
We will charge you limited fixed amount for our preparations. This way we are formally working for you and this also shows towards vendors that you are sincerely looking to do business.
The majority of our payment will be based on results. You will pay a percentage of the purchasing volume to us, based on the type of product and the project value. This way we are motivated to present you the best candidates, so that you can quickly come to a deal with them.
We make sure you get the right product delivered
After you find your business partner in the sourcing country, Affirm experts can act as a local extension of your team, working part-time for your company, and keeping in close contact with you. We can represent you, take care of proper communication, monitor your business partners on the ground and do troubleshooting. We can support you in vendor (re)negotiations, local checks and resolving shipping and customs clearance issues. Whenever you come over, we will join you to optimize your visits.