Why does your business work with vendors? Do you need to purchase raw materials? You could vertically integrate and start producing your own raw materials. Do you outsource some of your services? You could hire more staff and perform those functions yourself. Why are vendors the answer for so many business problems?
While your business could expand and start doing everything in-house, this is not the ideal choice for most companies. Expanding into new industries and new competencies is hard, and it costs money. Whether you are talking about procuring raw materials, product testing or professional services like payroll, there are times when doing something yourself is not the way to go. For almost every business, working with outside vendors is the best option in certain situations.
Characteristics of an Ideal Vendor
What does an ideal vendor look like? Good vendors have certain traits in common:
- Good Reputation
Previous customers are the best source of information about any vendor. When you choose a vendor to help you take your business to the next level, make sure they have a good reputation with their current customers before you sign a contract.
- Experience in Your Industry
A good reputation is a good start, but there are other factors to consider. Every industry is unique; the ideal vendor for you should have experience in your industry.
- Focus on Customer Service
Why is your vendor in business? Obviously, they hope to make a profit; this is a goal of every business, but there are many ways to achieve it. A business can easily increase profits by cutting corners, eliminating services and neglecting their customers. A good vendor succeeds by going above and beyond to serve their customers well.
- History of Innovation
How does your vendor operate? Some vendors use only tried-and-true methods, while others use only the latest technology. Tried-and-true methods are effective, but they may be inefficient. The latest technology is exciting, but it may also be expensive and unreliable. The best vendors find a way to balance both approaches and use innovative, reliable solutions to get the job done.
When you do business with a vendor like this, you have a partner you can count on.
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