Supply and Demand Chain Executive ran a guest column in their online edition last week by Sara Ireton, a global trade expert at JP Morgan (which owns Vastera). In the piece, Sara offers her view about ten areas companies should consider when sourcing globally. These include such areas as supplier performance, total cost, tariffs, financing, etc. While short, the piece is a good primer for those just getting started on the global sourcing journey. You can check it out here. I often find that trade types know significantly more actually netting global sourcing savings than those with pure strategic sourcing backgrounds who have operated in low cost country environments. Perhaps it's because those non unit cost factors really do add up!