3 Replies Latest reply on May 19, 2011 3:21 AM by Andrew Gill

    Global Sourcing Setup Question

    Michael Cusack Expert

      We are considering configuring our Sourcing module for use by one of our international subsidiaries.  On the surface, configuration of language, currency, etc., is fairly straightforward to setup.  But one of the questions that just came to my mind is related to the "company" running the Sourcing event.  If we were to use the same partition (and/or variant) as we are using to manage our US company sourcing events, the company would clearly look like our US Parent Company vs. the international Subsidiary.  I am just looking for feedback on how to configure Sourcing from other organizations using Sourcing where they have international subsidiaries that also use Sourcing.

       

      Thanks,

       

      Mike

        • Re: Global Sourcing Setup Question
          Andrew Gill Master

          Hi Mike

           

          Reed Elsevier is currently running sourcing projects in UK, US, Hong Kong, Australia, France and Germany.

           

          We've met, and worked thru the following problems

           

          Local language : Initially we defaulted to the language where the product or service would be delivered i.e. German in Germany but we found many organisations had international bidding teams, not based locally, but responsible for their organisations' response but unable to work in a local language.  We've also had one experience where a global told us their business language was English and were unable to respond to projects in other languages.  We now ask the project manager to confirm the language set up for each participant.

           

          Time zone: Many European suppliers weren't familiar with some of the US  time zones their accounts were created with by default and in the early days we had confusion over due dates.  In participant set up, we now ask for the users' city.

           

          All invitations come from Reed Elsevier, our parent organisation, but our naming convention helps our own people as well as suppliers know who the opportunity is from, for example

           

          eAuction - Elsevier - Desktops and Laptops

           

          Let's our invited suppliers know the project is an eAuction, it's for the Elsevier business unit and the commodity is desktops and laptops.

           

          Hope this is helpful

           

          best

           

          andrew

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          Andrew Gill | Global eSourcing Manager | Reed Elsevier

          andrew.gill@reedelsevier.com

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            • Re: Global Sourcing Setup Question
              Michael Cusack Expert

              Andrew,

               

              Thanks for the information.  That was definitely what I was looking for with regards to running international events.

              Do you translate all event questions into the languages you expect to need for the event, or leave them in english?

               

              -Mike

                • Re: Global Sourcing Setup Question
                  Andrew Gill Master

                  For us, it depends on the service and country the sourcing project is for

                   

                  • In France and Canada, there's a legal requirement for official documentation to be in both English and French
                  • For local services, such as cleaning and security, we'll work in the local language to avoid confusion or conflict between versions

                   

                  One of our business units has a policy that its business language is English, so commercial terms, specifications and service levels are issued in English

                   

                  best

                   

                  andrew

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                  Andrew Gill | Global eSourcing Manager | Reed Elsevier

                  andrew.gill@reedelsevier.com