The American Chamber of Commerce, HCM City Chapter on October 26 organised the Supplier Day 2016 for FDI manufacturers and local suppliers aiming at the growth of the Vietnam supply chain. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The American Chamber of Commerce, HCM City Chapter, on October 26, organised the Supplier Day 2016 for FDI manufacturers and local suppliers aiming at the growth of the Vietnam supply chain.

More than 60 enterprises, including Walmart, participated in the event where they discussed manufacturers' needs and requirements and how suppliers can meet those needs.

Around 140 appointments were conducted, compared to 100 carried out at last year's event.

"As suppliers, you need to invest in training and education, improve quality and manufacturing standards and increase efficiency to remain competitive and become innovative suppliers," said Frank Weiand, General Director of the company Supply Chain Services International.

Lee Hoang Dan, Indochina Procurement Manager of Coca Cola, said: "We prioritise suppliers that have female CEOs and managing directors and employ a large number of female workers as well as the disabled."

Milton D. Hagler, General Director of BriskHeat Vietnam, said he appreciated the advantage for manufacturers to have local suppliers.

"The ability to contact suppliers within the same time zone is invaluable as it is easier to communicate and have face-to-face meetings if desired," he said, adding that it offers lower delivery costs and easier site visits.-VNA