What I learned from the Philippine Sourcing Guide project
I consider myself fortunate for having the unique opportunity to work with Global Sources for 15 years and now with Hinrich Foundation as content integration & marketing consultant commencing February 2016.
Even while I was deeply immersed in Global Sources’ Editorial and Client Service Center departments for nearly half of my life, the thought of working with and for the Foundation strikes a chord in me. I realize something is connected to me in some way – Global Sources helped me through my college education via scholarship and I want to pay it forward. By contributing to the Foundation’s focus on export trade assistance allows me to do just that.
Making the Philippine Sourcing Guide eBook
Fast forward to March 2016, our program director, Alex Boome, tasked me to manage the project converting Sourcing From country guides on the Online Developing Country Sourcing website (oDCS) into easy-to-read, downloadable eBooks using the Global Sources format and platform.
Instead of mirroring what is available on oDCS and getting it placed on the Global Sources website, our approach is to convert the online country guides content PDFs with condensed text and infographics to make the content more current and SEO-friendly.
It was a pleasurable experience overseeing the collaboration between Hinrich Foundation’s editorial and marketing teams, and Global Sources’ production, digital marketing and community development teams in producing Sourcing From The Philippines, the first in our series of country sourcing guides written for buyers new to sourcing outside China.
Amid the challenge of putting together the eBook within two weeks, the positive work attitude and synergy among the team members involved allowed us to deliver the project on time, and distribute it to our network of buyers, suppliers and trade associations last March 30, 2016.
What I learned, too, is that the healthy working relationships I developed with my former GS colleagues were a big plus. And this lesson is not just about work as a whole or this eBook project in general – it is applicable to everyday life situations.
The production for Vietnam, India and Indonesia eBooks is underway this April, and we look forward to doing the same for Nepal, Myanmar and Cambodia in May. There are many other exciting projects lined up for oDCS-GSOL content integration in the coming months, and I look forward to sharing them with the Hinrich Foundation community through this blog as they unfold.
About the author – Carmela delos Santos