If you are just entering into the world of business, it is important to remember that a good quality and well-priced supplier is vital to the effective running of your operation. As with many things in life, there are some great suppliers out there and there are some who are not so great and it is important that you find the perfect fit for you and your business. Whether you need a stationary supplier, someone to provide logistics or a supplier, you should invest a lot of time in who you select and then how you handle business with them going forward. Let’s take a look then at how you can find the best for you.
Compiling the List
The first step is to compile a list of potential candidates who will be able to supply the goods that you need. In order to create this list you should be using the internet, the phone book and also calling on what contacts you have fro recommendations. Word of mouth is still as strong as it always has been and through the use of the internet you can find a great deal of information about a range of suppliers.
Next you should be getting in touch with your list of potential suppliers and asking them about prices, operations and service. During this stage you should take note of how good each one is at communication, what prices each of them offer and what kind of timings you can expect for your goods.
Once you have whittled your list down to the ones which are cheapest and which you think could offer the best service, you need to start trying out each supplier. It is important during this phase that you do not get locked into any long term contracts with your suppliers. Don’t let your suppliers know that you are testing them out, if you do this then they could give you perfect service, and a better service than they normally offer, in an effort to get your business. During the trial you should be addressing quality, speed and cost in order to work out which one is the best for you and your business.
Once you have tested out a few suppliers it is time to put your money where your mouth is and elect one which you will use. It is important that you get a great deal when signing a contract with them as you are looking for a prospective future. Nobody wants to have to change their supplier every 2 or 3 years so you should be looking to create a long lasting and loyal relationship with your supplier that will greatly help both parties.
Whilst this whole process may take some time, it is vital that you invest it as having a supplier who can live up to your expectations, is going to have a huge impact on the success of your business.