At Takumi Associates we are pleased to announce this additional service available to our clients effective December 1, 2020.
We view the procurement function at international schools as critical in completing the mission of both the educators and the stakeholders. Getting the right supplies from across the globe at the best price on time and in perfect condition is not easy. We know the process of ordering from multiple vendors, making payments, clearing customs and tracking those shipments is quite an undertaking. We can help you complete this task with our team of experienced professionals.
Our value to your school is providing you our expertise in procuring the goods you want from the vendors you choose at the best price and without all the hassles. We are able to consolidate your orders at our warehouse in California, and send to you in bulk at the best shipping or air rates. Our staff in Asia and in America have been doing this function for schools for 20+ years.
Decide what you need from U.S. based suppliers. We handle getting the best price quotes and providing that to you. Our discounts with many vendors are much better than a school can get on their own, so your price is assured to be good.
Once the orders are placed, we take care of settlement with the vendor and get your supplies shipped to our U.S. warehouse. We provide you with one invoice for all the goods and shipping costs.
We provide shipping via sea or air and can ensure goods arrive when you need them. Together with our logistics partners we have vast experience in clearing customs in most Asian countries and we know how to deal with school-related goods.
With over 20 years experience in the business, Kelvin works extremely hard across the time zones to find the best procurement solutions for clients in Asia. Originally from Georgia in the U.S., Kelvin is now based in Bangkok.
Jocelyn has been with the team for 8 years and is our expert in knowing which vendors have the best pricing. She is
based in Los Angeles.
Based in Bangkok, Roong has been supporting the team for 10 years and specializes in processing online vendor orders.
Kyoko is based in Japan, and has just returned from 10 years in Bangkok. She formerly worked at Merrill Lynch in Japan as an Operations officer and is the newest member of the Takumi team.
Based in Kobe, Japan, Misako has tons of experience working in procurement and and helping international schools in Japan! She can answer all your questions about the best way to import school goods to Japan.