Finding and managing suppliers


In order for your small business to grow you need to make selecting good suppliers and vendors a significant part of your growth plan.

Evaluating Your Suppliers and VendorsSuppliers can be divided into four general categories:

Manufacturers: Prices from these sources are usually lowest unless the retailers’ location makes shipping freight costly.

Distributors: Their prices are higher than manufacturers but they can supply retailers with small orders from a variety of manufacturers. A lower freight bill and quick delivery time from a nearby distributor will compensate the higher costs.

Independent Craftspeople: This is the exclusive distributor of unique creations offered by independent craftspeople through trade shows or reps.

Import Sources: These are foreign goods from a domestic importer who operates as a domestic wholesaler.

What makes a good supplier? Price is important when selecting a supplier as this goes hand in hand with the growth of your business.

After price, reliability is another key factor as a reliable supplier will deliver the right number of goods, at the right time and in good shape. Reliability automatically indicates the stability of the company.

You’ll want to sign up with a supplier who has been in the business for a long time and has a solid reputation. Don’t forget location as merchandise ordered from a distant supplier can take a long time to get to you thus generating added freight costs.

Finally, your supplier must offer the latest, most advanced products and services. They should also be able to offer you a variety of attractive financial terms on purchases.

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  • It is important that you know what are the strengths and weakness of your business. Therefore is your business market orientated or material orientanted. If it is market orientanted is when you can see that when you sit down and reflect on the process and profit of your business the variables or goods that you sell are costly when transporting them especially finished goods/ products then you tend to locate close to the market or your clients in order to gain more profit. Therefore if it is material orientated is when you see that when trasporting materials from the suppliers they are highly variable spatially and represents a significant share of total costs therefore you locate near or at the source of raw materials as your suppliers.
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