Philippine Daily Inquirer - - BUSINESS -

Aimed at pro­mot­ing di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion in its sup­ply chain process, Okada Manila is host­ing its first Sup­plier Trade Fair on May 30, tar­get­ing to at­tract lo­cal sup­pli­ers in­clud­ing small and medium-sized en­ter­prises (SMEs).

Okada Manila pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer Takahiro Usui said they seek out un­tapped lo­cal busi­ness part­ners who can pro­vide high­qual­ity goods and ser­vices in food and bev­er­age, print and col­lat­er­als, cor­po­rate give­aways, and man­power cat­e­gories dur­ing the pi­lot leg of the trade fair.

“We are de­ter­mined to be­come the next ma­jor world-class en­ter­tain­ment, lux­ury shop­ping, ex­tra­or­di­nary din­ing and lead­ing gam­ing des­ti­na­tion in Asia, and to do that, we need strate­gic en­ablers who can of­fer us not just qual­ity but also vi­able, in­no­va­tive and cost-ef­fi­cient so­lu­tions to our busi­ness,” said Usui.

The newly-opened in­te­grated re­sort joins the ranks of big cor­po­ra­tions in the coun­try who value and un­der­stand the sig­nif­i­cance and pos­i­tive im­pact of sup­plier di­ver­sity in de­liv­er­ing ex­cel­lent busi­ness re­sults.

Usui also high­lighted that the com­pany’s first mass sourc­ing ini­tia­tive is an open call to em­power and en­cour­age po­ten­tial lo­cal SMEs to par­tic­i­pate by pro­vid­ing them equal op­por­tu­nity to present their prod­ucts and ser­vices di­rectly to Okada Manila pro­cure­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“Filipino sup­pli­ers are gain­ing ground in the global mar­ket and you’ll be sur­prised that among the world’s best sup­pli­ers are many small to medium-sized busi­nesses from the Philip­pines,” said Usui. “It’s a home­court ad­van­tage for us, qual­ity sup­pli­ers are all over the coun­try and we see this as an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide equal and in­clu­sive av­enue that will be mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial to our com­pany as well as to our fu­ture busi­ness part­ners.”

Okada Manila de­vised its sup­plier trade fair as an in­ter­ac­tive pro­cure­ment ac­tiv­ity where po­ten­tial sup­pli­ers are in­vited to ex­pe­ri­ence the brand first­hand through ex­hibits and com­pre­hen­sive lec­tures that de­tail prop­erty re­quire­ments and share its cor­po­rate goals and val­ues to par­tic­i­pants. In turn, sup­pli­ers will have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what is ex­pected of them and will be able to de­liver ac­cu­rate and ex­tra­or­di­nary busi­ness so­lu­tions that are aligned to the in­te­grated re­sort’s cor­po­rate stan­dards.

Okada Manila’s Sup­plier Trade Fair 2017 will be held at its Golden Ball­room from 8am to 6pm. In­ter­ested par­ties may log on to http://sup­ply chain.okadamanila.com to pre-reg­is­ter and know more de­tails about the event. Reg­is­tra­tion por­tal re­mains open un­til May 19 and only pre­reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants will be en­ter­tained dur­ing the event.

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