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One of the key aspects when it comes to day to day running of your business is the way you effectively manage vendors and suppliers. Do you have a strong relationship with your vendors and suppliers? It is obvious that business owners rely on more than one expert in acquiring knowledge of materials, care and maintenance of equipment. No one is a “Mr. know all” when it comes to matters with business and neither are you going to source all your business needs which is the reason to develop a closer relationship with vendors and suppliers to ensure long-term business continuity.
As an entrepreneur or manager, there are a few important methods you can use to more effectively manage your vendors and suppliers in the future. You may also read How to find Reliable suppliers to grow your business
- Ensure a wise selection
Do you have many suppliers to choose from? Before you choose, ensure to spend some time and observe each supplier’s pros and cons. Find out which supplier can meet your requirements when need arises and with a reasonable price. Your evaluation should start from how they respond, their contract agreements and finally how much their fee is. Relationships bear fruits if they have the time to nurture, so you want to choose a supplier that you and your business will be able to raise with.
- Communicate regularly
Communication is key for business success and therefore it should not be ignored when it comes to vendor and supplier management. Lack of communication can kill your relationship with your vendors and suppliers. Take your time to communicate with your suppliers. Note that they are not able to read your mind. Therefore, ensure they are posted in case of anything. If you decide to alter your project timeline, let your supplier be the foremost person to know this as soon as possible. However, you should not use communication as a way of testing your suppliers. If you set a specific date for your suppliers to meet, ensure they are aware of that. Don’t ask them to predict or read your mind and then be shocked when they can’t.
- Ensure you have regular meetings with your suppliers.
By meeting frequently with your suppliers you will be making communication amid you and your suppliers real. In fact it is good to make an effort of having a one on one meeting with a representative from your supplier to allow for communication of certain objectives and targets that can be difficult to be conveyed via text. When you do a combination of one on one meetings and written communication, you provide an avenue where every party is updated all times.
- Get to know about their business
This does not necessarily require you to understand every bit about a supplier’s business ideal or functional processes, you can just understand the overall working of their strategies to aid you to better comprehend their values. Understanding their strategies will give you the opportunity to what challenges they come across which is particular essential if you operate a business with unstable priorities and targets that call for unlimited amount of flexibility.