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5 Advantages to Localizing Your Supply Chain

Don’t wait for the next supply shortage to start building relationships with local sellers.

The world may be opening back up, but many businesses, especially small businesses, are still grappling with ongoing supply shortages and are looking to identify alternative suppliers. Leaders are reassessing strategies in favor of striking a balance between savings and reliability. In their search for stability, some leaders are searching closer to home for local suppliers who may have been previously passed over.


According to a recent McKinsey survey, 90% of supply-chain executives stated that they expect to pursue some degree of regionalization during the next three years. is implementing a new system to accomplish just that. They've recently created an online database to connect local suppliers with each other to strengthen the local manufacturing supply chain. While this is just one example, it underscores the benefits of local suppliers partnering with each other.



Benefits to purchasing from local suppliers

Some leaders worry that working with smaller suppliers might cost more due to their lack of scaled buying power, however any potential price increases can be offset by a variety of benefits.


  1. Relationships: Need to decrease production or change the number of shipments? Need to see how products are produced? Local businesses provide an opportunity to foster relationships that allow for visibility, flexibility, and quality assurance.
  2. Distance: Sourcing products locally means that products have a shorter distance to travel. This shorter distance translates to reduced reliance on (and vulnerability to) global shipping methods and a reduction in supply-chain complexity and cost.
  3. Waste: Sixty-three percent (63%) of business buyers say that improving sustainability in their purchasing practices is a top goal. By reducing the distance products travel, we are reducing the consumption of fuel (fossil or otherwise), waste and other environmental, social, and governance (ESG) costs such as pollution.
  4. Local economy growth: Local sourcing and purchasing means that dollars spent return to your community. This means that by building supply chain resiliency, you are also building goodwill and wealth in your community.
  5. Supporting diverse businesses: By purchasing locally from small businesses, organizations are often contributing to diverse businesses. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as of 2022 there are 33.2 million small businesses in the U.S. which represent 99.9% of all businesses. Of those 33.2 million small businesses:  


                      ●  43.2% are women-owned

                      ●  19.4% are minority-owned

                      ●  6.4% are veteran-owned 




How you can help your local partners

We have seen some of the benefits organizations can derive through purchasing from diverse, local businesses. There are various ways that you can help your local small and diverse businesses thrive through:


  • Encouraging certifications: Certification purchasers to quickly identify businesses as local or diverse. This can be especially beneficial for suppliers in the government and education industries where there are spend mandates for various types of suppliers.
  • Knowledge sharing: Building relationships with local businesses and sharing knowledge these owners potential improve their operations and business practices. The enhancements benefit both you and your supplier.
  • Ecommerce platforms: Businesses looking to build supply chain resiliency are turning to ecommerce platforms that increase their pool of suppliers and build competitiveness. If you are working with small local businesses, encouraging them to become active on ecommerce platforms will increase their visibility to other organizations, especially if they are looking to compete for government contracts or looking to grow their sales in neighboring communities.


Next time you start thinking about ways to build a stronger supply chain, remember that part of the answer might be right down the street. Building relationships with these sellers now can help safeguard against future supply chain disruption while supporting small and diverse businesses within your community.


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Antwaun Griffin

Head of Socially Responsible Purchasing Amazon Business

Antwaun Griffin

Head of Socially Responsible Purchasing Amazon Business

Antwaun Griffin joined Amazon Business (AB) in May 2022 to lead AB’s Bridging Communities program, focused on accelerating socially responsible spending among AB customers, while supporting and growing sellers from these communities. He has an extensive background in small business development in public and private sectors and is a veteran of political campaigns at the national, state, and local levels. Prior to AB, Antwaun served as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration-a cabinet level federal agency

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