Crossing the Digital Divide

Multinationals are leveraging Internet technology to build bridges to suppliers in developing economies


In Peru and Indonesia, global corporations with operations located high in the mountains or on remote jungle islands are buying goods and services from small vendors who were formerly farmers or fishermen but who now have made the transition to become goods and service providers. Quadrem works with large companies that develop new entrepreneurs by teaching them to use computers proficiently and making it easy to log onto the Internet and access highly usable, powerful software systems. They also teach the local people basic business processes.

These are just a few of the actions that corporate leaders are taking to bring many thousands of small vendors into a global commerce environment, and the numbers are growing exponentially each year. More can be done and will be done as global leaders who implement tier-one business systems and processes worldwide begin to beat their competition.

The bottom line is that bridging the digital divide is about more than just the bottom line, but the bottom-line benefits are there as well.

About the Author: Charles Jackson is CEO of Quadrem International Ltd. More information at www.quadrem.com .

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