DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Africa-Med Strategic Sourcing Review - Comparing East Africa, North Africa and Turkey" report to their offering.
This latest report is aimed at both buyers and suppliers to assess and compare the advantages and challenges of sourcing and manufacturing apparel garments in key countries across East Africa, North Africa and Euro Med.
The report looks at whether East Africa can offer a full FOB package or whether the region might simply grow as a low cost manufacturer.
It considers whether North Africa and the Euro Med region could develop further due to the growth in backward integration in places like Morocco.
And, when looking at North Africa and East Africa together, could this whole region offer some brands and retailers with a new option for a complete sourcing solution closer to their bases and in similar time zones (for Europe) and slightly closer for the US?
While trade policy plays a big role in deciding or selecting regions and countries as sourcing options, it is clear from the East Africa example that this is not always the case unless there is a complete supply chain available or there is a mature textile and clothing industry with the ability to source raw materials and accessories competitively. The trade benefits gained from duty allowances get negated completely due to the lack of sourcing access and skills.
These are some of the key points discussed in this strategic sourcing review.
The report is categorised into four key parts:
Part 1: Introducing the value chain approach that just-style has taken in developing its 15-point sourcing criteria.
Part 2: An overview of products exported and a comparison of the selected East African countries' competitiveness based on buyer preferences and perceptions across the 15-point sourcing criteria.
Part 3: Similar to part 2, a comparative look at the selected North African countries and Turkey.
Part 4: Comparing the two regions as a whole against each other, across the same consistent sourcing criteria.
The 15 sourcing criteria this report measures:
- Ability to provide FOB
- Tariffs advantages
- Compliance and sustainability
- Production quality
- Lead time
- Ability to create basic products
- Financial stability
- Vertical integration
- Political stability
- Order flexibility
- Ability to create value-added products
For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/s7wtkr/africamed