Leader in global innovation
Hailed as the world’s most innovative economy in the latest Bloomberg Innovation Index, Korea has steadily grown over the years as a premier ICT and emerging technology hub, a global fashion authority, a powerhouse in automotive and heavy industries, a pioneer in biomedical, skincare and cosmetics innovation, and the birthplace of “Korean wave” culture – truly a sourcing destination worth discovering.
Land of everything high-tech and unique
Innovation is king in Korea. The country has carved out a prominent presence on the global stage as an R&D and patent stronghold, providing an excellent destination for sourcing innovative products that are unique and responsive to the needs of the ever-evolving markets.
Outstanding R&D performance
Research and innovation are key drivers of Korea’s national economic and social advancement. Korea invests heavily in research and development, transforming the country from an agrarian-based economy to being one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world today.
Strong intellectual property protection
Korea has one of the best intellectual property environments and is one of the leading countries in Asia with an overall score of 83.73 points according to Statista’s 2021 International Intellectual Property Index. Recently, legislative measures have been put in place to reinforce the legal protection for patents, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks and copyrights in Korea.
Unique blend of tradition and modernity
Korea sets the global trends in technology, pop culture, fashion, health and beauty, seamlessly blending new and old styles, techniques and technologies – the yin and yang of innovation.
Korea sourcing 101
Behind all the technology and disruption, Korea’s business culture remains traditional – a reflection of age-old concepts of hierarchy, respect for elders, family values and loyalty. Here’s how you can confidently source from and work with suppliers from Korea.
Respect hierarchies, age & Korean values
Honorifics play an important in role in social interaction among people in Korea. Being polite and courteous in words and deeds can help build strong and lasting relationships with suppliers and partners. Demonstrate Korean values such as punctuality, professionalism and modesty, master the art of greeting, handshakes and bowing, and avoid saying “no” and refusing outright.
Socialize while maintaining professional relationships
Building trust and personal connection is essential in establishing successful relationships with suppliers in Korea. Invest time in getting to know suppliers on a personal level while keeping a professional atmosphere, accept their invitations, and offer a token of appreciation to build trust and goodwill.
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