In Roundsourcing, we explore how we source practically everything regardless of its origin. Quality, price, convenience, talent, availability and efficiency determine where we buy and use goods and services, not where they were invented or produced. In a globalized world, vast opportunities exist for sourcing goods, services, talent, technology and ideas from anywhere around the globe, at any time. Local borders are powerful and barriers to a truly free world are high, and yet, roundsourcing is inexorable - the business world is not flat, but invariably local and global at the same time. Come explore the real world of our choices and business across borders.
Final Thoughts From Brazil
As the 2016 SOAR Business Mission to Brazil concludes, this podcast episode offers parting thoughts from the airport in Belo Horizonte. Despite a highly protectionist national economy, the bustling economy of Belo Horizonte is evidence that roundsourcing is moving Brazil to a new level on the world scene.
The iPhone and Us- should China or U.S.A. assemble iPhones?
Apple iPhones come from China. Should the U.S. slap huge tariffs on their import? Let’s consider the facts.
The iPhone is an American product sourced of U.S.-based inspiration and design. Conceived and engineered in California and North Carolina, its brain, chips, audio elements and glass are made by workers in Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, California and other states. Apple sources everything where quality and cost dictate, even having its arch-rival Samsung provide its microchips. A French-Italian company in Switzerland provides one critical component where it’s best in class. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and other high-wage countries contribute key parts of an iPhone. The assembly happens in China, but the labor costs involved only make up 2% of what the consumer pays for the final product.
Interview With Alana Portes, International Analyst for the State of Minas Gerais (Brazil)
The Roundsourcerer visited Minas Gerais in Southeastern Brazil, where he met with Alana Portes to discuss the state’s investment in international partnerships to benefit science, technology and innovation. Portes is an international analyst at the National and International Partnership Advisory for the State Secretariat.
Interview with Fabiana Kent Paiva at the FINIT Innovation Fair(Brazil)
Belo Horizonte was host to the first ever International Fair of Business, Innovation and Technology (FINIT). Organized by the Minas Gerais Secretariat of Science, Technology and Higher Education, the four-day event was one of the biggest technology and innovation events in the world with some 10,000 visitors daily. The goal of the event was to bring together startups, large companies, students, researchers and other professionals in technology and innovation. This episode of the Roundsourcing podcast series from Brazil is an interview with Fabiana Kent Paiva, international analyst for the government of Minas Gerais, recorded at FINIT.
Interview with Tulio Teixeira, international business analyst for FIEMG in Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
The metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais, Brazil, is the fifth largest industrial region of Latin America. Over the last decade, its GDP has grown more than that of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro respectively, while enjoying a nearly 30% lower cost of living. The area has successfully attracted foreign investment and has established itself as the second largest exporter in the country. FIEMG (The Federation of Industries of Minas Gerais) is an umbrella organization supporting the growth and sustainability of the industry in the state. This episode of the Roundsourcing podcast series from Brazil is an interview with Tulio Teixeira, international business analyst for FIEMG.
Embraer: How the world’s third largest airplane maker sources from the USA (Brazil)
The Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer is one of the largest manufacturers of commercial jets in the world, but only sources 18% of its content value in Brazil. It indicates the supply chain is highly global, even within an exceptionally protectionist country like Brazil.