Online Sourcing Meeting solution bridges international buyers with domestic suppliers
While COMPUTEX returned to Taipei physically for the first time in two years as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many veteran attendees and international suppliers were still unable to make it to the event due to different policies being observed on the ongoing pandemic. As a result, the 2022 expo is also the first time in the show’s 42 years history where it is held in both virtual and physical form so that participants old and new may return to the event in one way or another.
However, negotiations and contracts between domestic suppliers and international buyers still proved to be an obstacle when people cannot sit down and meet face-to-face.
To provide a practical solution between both international and domestic parties, COMPUTEX and its organizer, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), established a communications platform to bridge the buyers and suppliers together during the duration of the expo.
Online Sourcing Meeting solution
With the help and assistance of Taiwan various missions around the world, officially the Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices, COMPUTEX was able to pair international buyers with domestic suppliers based on the need of either parties. Once the list was compiled, parties were then scheduled to hold online meeting sessions where they could meet to establish future communications.
Throughout the expo, local suppliers are welcome to enter a designated room prepared by COMPUTEX where they could meet prospective clients on site at COMPUTEX under a COVID-safe environment managed by the expo through hardware that is carefully prepped and disinfected after every meeting.
In the case of Spain’s Teknoservice, a 17-year veteran participant of COMPUTEX who couldn’t make it to the annual event the solution provided the company a helpful platform to procure what they needed.
Founded in 1991, Teknoservice has more than 25 years of experience in ICTs area specializing in offering Integral Technological Solutions. It is also the biggest IT supplier of the Spanish government, offering such sectors with mainstream hardware, desktop and laptops.
For the company, COMPUTEX has always been a place for them to looking for reliable suppliers for barebones computers and manufacturers of hardware such as monitors, chassis and power supplies.
According to the company’s procurement representative Manuel Ibanez Muro, Teknoservice has always seen the expo as one of the most important fairs for IT. Muro recounted fond experiences of his travels to the expo and Taiwan in past years, and added that he misses the opportunity to seal a deal with a proper handshake. “In my point of view, face-to-face exchanges are important, even though online is not very bad,” Muro said.