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Location Benchmarking

Accurately gauge different locations' advantages and disadvantages for a specific operation in order to determine a search region.

In the initial process of site selection, it is important to establish a proper search region.  Through the GLS Location Benchmarking process, countries, states, and even cities can be evaluated on their ability to meet the needs of the defined project. Locations are evaluated based on their quality, as well as the cost of operations.

The quality analysis is based on project-specific criteria that will be weighted and scored in criteria such as the following: Labor Availability and Quality, Infrastructure and Accessibility, General Business Environment, and Living Environment. Sub-criteria in each of these four main criteria are also weighted and scored according to their relative importance to the project. The weights and sub-criteria will be determined during an alignment session and will be crafted uniquely for each project.

Financial and Composite Analysis

‚ÄčThe financial analysis includes several location-dependent costs such as rates for natural gas, electricity, labor, lease costs, tax burdens, and logistics. While these costs are not site specific, they are indicative of the costs that will be the norm for the given locations and provide enough detail to determine locations that are more likely to be cost competitive.

Together, the results from the quality and cost analysis will be aggregated to make up our Composite Analysis. The Composite Analysis visually represents each locations quality and cost scores side by side on one graphic, allowing the client and GLS team to identify the appropriate search region that is defensible.

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