Choosing the right outdoor furniture supplier may be one of the hardest decisions a procurement department has to make and 60% of procurers stated this as the hardest part of their job.
The right supplier means that your products and services are delivered on time, that you are receiving the optimal price to meet your needs and that the quality is in compliance with your standards.
On the other hand, making a mistake when choosing a supplier can affect the satisfaction of your deliverables to your customers and the company reputation.
As you know, AnLoc furniture focus on outdoor furniture since 2001, provides complete outdoor solutions with high quality products and international designs, with over 18 years of experience in the outdoor furniture industry.
If you want to choose a new outdoor furniture supplier to start your business, you have to do some think strategically: Know what is it that you need and spend the time to research the offer always keeping in mind how important the supplier is for your business.
The potential supplier should be able to exceed your expectations. Imagine that your business suddenly starts expanding and demand for your services and products are higher. Are your suppliers of choice ready to meet your new challenges?
Think not only what you need in the next few months but long term. If your goal is to provide your customers with faster deliveries in the following year, you should make sure that your supplier is ready and able to meet this need when the time comes.
Here are some of the most important factors in choosing the best suppliers for your business.
How many do you really need? Narrowing potential suppliers to a carefully targeted group gives you at least two important benefits. One, it makes your operations easier to manage. And two, when you send more of your business to fewer suppliers, you become a more important client to them. As such, you may be able to make deals with them that will give you a competitive edge. For example, if you have a rush job for an important customer, a supplier which you give a substantial portion of your business to is more likely to go the extra mile for you than one you use only on occasion.
Reliability: This is just as important a factor as price, because if a supplier lets you down, you may well end up letting your customers down. So when you find reliable suppliers, you want to keep them. Focus too much on getting the rock-bottom price and you may well end up losing these suppliers. And even if you don’t lose them, if you’re constantly bargaining you may find these suppliers less willing to go out of their way for you when you need it.
Quality and value: Your customers will associate poor quality with you, not your suppliers. So you need suppliers that provide consistent quality. And you must decide what you’re willing to pay for it. Strike a balance among cost, reliability, quality, and service.
Good service and communication: You need suppliers that can deliver on time or that will be honest and give you ample warning if they can’t. The best suppliers will also keep in touch with you regularly to find out what needs you have now and how they can serve you better in the future.
Sound financial health: It’s very important to be sure your suppliers have strong enough cash flow to deliver what you want, when you want it. Contract delivery and payment are equally important, can assure you that a supplier won’t go out of business just when you need it most.
Team approach to business: A strong relationship between you and your suppliers benefits everyone. If your suppliers acknowledge that your business is important to them, they’ll likely make every effort to provide the best service possible. And you’ll be more likely to achieve this by letting them know how important they are to you and your business.
As the owner of AnLoc say, we believe knowing our customers helps us serve them better. We listen. We observe. We understand that each customer has unique needs. So, we pride ourselves on helping our customers make smart contract outdoor furniture decisions by offering expert advice, design options and personalized solutions.
AnLoc furniture products guarantee that you will benefit from a wealth of experience in a specialized field. As a leading wicker furniture manufacturer, AnLoc Furniture Furnishings have responded to the demands of an ever-changing market place. After many years working in furniture business, our designers continue to grow and the company to flourish as a market leader as a result of our commitment to the industry.