Practical & Proactive Approaches to Sustain Your Supply Chain Relationships

Practical & Proactive Approaches to Sustain Your Supply Chain Relationships

Practical & Proactive Approaches to Sustain Your Supply Chain Relationships

2020 brought about the most massive disruption towards building and maintaining supply chain relationships, and that disruption continues here in 2021. However, it’s essential to keep our best practices throughout these challenging times to manage our business partners and create the right relationship strategies moving forward.

Some acceptable practices would be to have overall good faith in building a business vision through confident expertise. Additionally, protecting your strategy from any losses while maintaining credibility is essential while making better decisions by leaning into change, resulting in practical solutions.

Specializations must evolve with the modern market environment, and valuable components can’t supply more value if the demand has shifted to newer ideas and arrangements.

Our Specialty Is Our Expertise

When building strong relationships, it’s best to focus inward. A smart starting point is to review your workflow strategy. Currently, many supply chains focus on tightening their team members’ disciplines towards their qualifications.

Streamlining your talents in this way frees up resources and allows you to refine and enhance your best services. Specializations must evolve with the modern market environment, and valuable components can’t supply more value if the demand has shifted to newer ideas and arrangements.

To stay ahead of the game and to remain profitable, keep your experts and their skills up-to-date, and don’t be afraid to adjust your perspectives. You want to make sure you’re creating the right ‘need’ within your partnerships.

Creating the ‘need’ naturally develops the sense to forge a stronger partner relationship rather than building one upon just a price point. If you generate enough value, you’re converted angle or pitches can attain a competitive edge in the long run.

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Leaning Into Change

To reiterate, staying profitable means you need to be innovative. Innovation benefits both parties in a relationship, primarily when a supply chain adopts a better infrastructure execution or embraces more cutting-edge technology.

It’s important to highlight any innovations through shared strategic ideas so the partnership doesn’t become too flat. Collaboration from the start adds savings in the long run, so you should try your best to get suppliers involved in advancing a new project to have input ready.

Technology is required to boost productivity while serving the entire supply chain’s interests. Partners can contribute towards tech improvements by creating an opportunity to invest in those next steps.

Innovation isn’t always about reinventing the wheel. Working together to find positive prospects for efficiency to flow as quickly as possible is the primary key.

Reputation Is the Proof

Your presence in the industry establishes reputation and respect as a thought leader. When you present an image that you’re a reliable authority on what you can provide, it promotes more engagement during supplier interactions.

Earning loyalty and trust requires proof of positive reviews and experiences from prior partnerships. Providing evidence that your firm holds a healthy sense of balance, empathy, patience, and urgency is more effective at promoting strong relationships. Remember, keep your bridge gates open at all times, and don’t be in a rush to burn them when relationships end.

The prevalent disorder of supply chains during times of trouble is a potent reminder of how much business relationships matter. Relationships founded on pricing are easily replaceable, but a strengthened partnership continues through any crisis. In this way, partners are more likely to recuperate and arise from difficult events stronger than before.

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Maximize the Value of Your SRM

Maximize the Value of Your SRM

Maximize the Value of Your SRM

A 2017 Global SRM research reported that your ‘soft skills’ are at the core of building your Supplier Relationship Management (SRM).

Whether you need a whole dedicated department to manage vendor relationships or a dedicated SRM Manager, having the right fit of skills and team members in your organization matters.

Typically, when streamlining the SRM process, industry leaders create documented procedures that assist their teams. For example, in large organizations, managing SRM processes include anything from flowcharts, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), or any policy documents and agreements that cover all the obligations between participating parties.

When an organization has a structured approach towards their SRM tactic, there’s a higher chance of having a more favorable level of engagement from suppliers, which creates stronger bonds with your vendors while maximizing the value of your SRM.

It’s essential that your SRM focus is strategic and focused on growth, rather than a reactive focus.

Reactive vs. Strategic

It’s best practice for management to “make things happen” in order to take advantage of their opportunities. For this to happen, you must shift your perspective from an operational view of just ‘purchasing’ to a strategic perspective of supply management.

It’s also essential that your SRM focus is strategic and focused on growth, rather than a reactive focus. For example, if you’re managing your SRM through the perception of responding to a negative situation, this is a reactive approach.

To be strategic is to manage your SRM through planned agreements before the supplier signs his/her name. Planned agreements ensure the company’s competitive advantage overall and lead to more successful relationships even in the early stages, instead of consuming time and resources on figuring out how to improve a scenario or micro-managing unreliable suppliers.

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Create the Value You Want

All your suppliers are necessary factors for your company. They drive a central role in supporting your revenue. Thus, working with reliable suppliers is crucial to your business’s growth scale.

Unreliable suppliers can create problems in your workflow and can negatively impact your clients. Sometimes it’s better to pay a higher value to do the better service, which invests less time to micro-manage, as mentioned.

Additionally, paying attention to removing biases and personal feelings from a business agenda is also important. Choose from the angle of being efficient, and realize you’re striving to create the value you want.

A well-documented Supplier Relationship Agreement will reduce the possibility of confusion or disputes.

Be Detail Oriented

Details matter when it comes to communicating with your vendor. Supplier Relationship Agreements (SRAs) are necessary, so be detail-oriented and write down everything that comes from your partnerships. Such as service descriptions, prices, delivery of services, and payment terms.

A well-documented SRA will reduce the possibility of confusion or disputes. It’s often a good idea to create a flowchart or deck to explain your team’s process, so information is easier to find if something goes wrong in the workflow.

Having an SRM process is essential but getting everyone in your organization to participate is critical. Every penny saved goes straight to your bottom-line.

Following best practices and using organized methods will help you streamline your SRM practices, giving your team members clear guidelines for purchasing and allowing them to spend more time on their key responsibilities.

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Strategizing Your Supply Chains For Better Business Alliances

Strategizing Your Supply Chains For Better Business Alliances

Strategizing Your Supply Chains For Better Business Alliances

What exactly is strategic sourcing, and why’s it such an important aspect of building growth and strategy?

Strategic Sourcing refers to the process of developing supply channels at the lowest possible total cost, rather than focusing on just the lowest purchase price. It may sound simple enough, but strategic sourcing is a broader term, which requires a specific breakdown.

The key elements that make up strategic sourcing involve improving the tactical day-to-day tasks within your procurement department, such as sourcing items and negotiating pricing and terms.

In our continuing series of developing organically driven business-relationships, we further identify what strategic sourcing means to you and how you can use it beneficially when finding aspects that factor into your company’s procurement cycle.

Having a variety of resources or alternatives puts you in a better position to build competitive pricing and terms.

Identify and Master Your Supplier Contracts

Don’t place all your eggs in one basket. At times, it’s probable to have some scenarios where it pays to invest in one source, making sense operationally and financially.

For example, identifying at least one expert supplier is good practice, but it’s more economical to have multiple qualified suppliers for a service. Understandably, having multiple qualified suppliers provides options for vendors who are occupied. Having a variety of resources or alternatives puts you in a better position to build competitive pricing and terms.

Consider developing a system of Preferred Supplier Agreements (PSAs) for your key vendor partners whenever possible. Connecting your vendor contracts with your supplier builds a stronger business alliance between vendors contracted to offer services (at the prices and terms agreed). With a vendor contract in place, it’s easy to track committed payments and materials against the master contract and add support towards managing the approval process.

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Create a Better Savings Buzz

Note that every dollar your company saves during the procurement process gets deposited towards your bottom line. A smart approach to sourcing, pricing, and gaining greater contractual terms is by thoroughly looking for savings at every touchpoint.

For example, consolidating your procurement tasks across your organization serves to streamline lower expenses. Your winning outcomes can be fully leveraged to implement simplified procurement processes and supplier management costs when you have a higher transaction volume.

Creating a genuine partnership involves encouraging your vendors to focus more on increasing their quality and service instead of focusing on rigid calculations and metrics.

Connection Is King

From a standard perspective, vendors are necessary agents between you and the services you’re procuring, which can be a contentious relationship at times. This relationship is broken down to pay the lowest price and charge the higher amount to ensure profitability.

However, your business dynamics can change from being combative to a more collaborative relationship, but only if you consider your suppliers as partners in your business.

Creating a genuine partnership involves encouraging your vendors to focus more on increasing their quality and service instead of focusing on rigid calculations and metrics. By doing so, the overall tone of the relationship gains confidence, which then prompts your vendors to renew contracts – knowing they have a better-guaranteed sales agenda.

How you manage your procurement processes, from acquiring skilled labor to streamlining your contracts, all play a valuable part in creating better business relationship goals between you and your suppliers.

Partnerships start from open and fair discussions and acknowledging the terms that were contractually agreed upon. When strategizing with your clients about sourcing new items, listen to their recommendations, and forecasts to lower costs.

Shape your supply chains for better alliances.

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Make Your Supplier Collaboration Chain Reach New Heights

Make Your Supplier Collaboration Chain Reach New Heights

Make Your Supplier Collaboration Chain Reach New Heights

As a leading procurement leader within the Facility Maintenance (FM) industry for over 25-years, we’re creating new collaborative pathways through different experimental avenues each day, so that we can manage better business priorities that are more prepared and streamlined. When your procurement functions are aligned with broader strategies, the value of your proposals increases. Understanding this integral value plays a part towards building better commerce, and as leaders, our mission is to continue this expansion across a wider supply chain.

Building effective and long-term relationships with suppliers takes time and practice.

Communication Works If You Work at It

A global survey revealed through a study that supplier relations are underutilized tools when delivering business values. Keeping this in mind, when we think about outsourcing product value, we find that the value outsourced to suppliers exceeds by 40% within stable industry norms. Consequently, your organization’s relationships with its suppliers can tip the scales of profitability in a drastic way. So, how can we gauge and improve our supplier collaborations to the fullest? One of the obvious ways is, is to promote clear and consistent communication patterns. Building effective and long-term relationships with suppliers takes time and practice. Communication should be applied on the grounds of an equal partnership. Undermining your supplier’s trust can turn the relationship combative. Remember that your suppliers are an extension of your organization, and are entitled to the professional respect that’s deserved.

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Uphold Your End of the Bargain

In addition to clear communication, your organization needs to value the trust bridged between the supplier and the services they’re delivering. In turn, the trust is further strengthened through proper supplier contractual payments, which should be done in a timely way. In a positive contract setting, both parties should understand and uphold their obligations fairly, and the best way to ensure satisfaction is to utilize the vendor contracts to its fullest. Meaning, taking every advantage to clearly spell out the specific terms of your purchase relationship, so everyone knows what’s on the table from the very beginning.

Always Review and Then Re-Review

To err is human is an idiom that many should remember to empathize. Our human nature isn’t to be ‘perfect’, but rather to improve and build so much it seems as if we’ve perfected our output. Learning to avoid as many errors as we can is best done by regularly practicing the act of reviewing. Taking the time to measure and review the performance of your suppliers encourages vendor accountability, and helps your organization to reduce and improve costs, and overall customer satisfaction. Think of the process as an exercise in continual vendor-supplier relationship improvements. When you clearly outline supplier expectations, and report the results with them, you’re providing your vendors with feedback that they can use to exceed your expectations, in order to deliver additional value.

Improving your supplier relationship is smart business. Strong relationships between your organization and its suppliers are true industry net gains. Statistically, businesses with the most advanced collaboration strategies outperform their competitors in growth metrics. You end up reaching new heights within your business, and become the main organization your suppliers want to do business with.

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Winning Outcomes From Strategic Positive Actions

Winning Outcomes From Strategic Positive Actions

Winning Outcomes From Strategic Positive Actions

An irrigation system is not just about your average sprinkler that sprays water on your lawn. Did you know that the average commercial irrigation system features electrical components as well? How is that possible? Water can’t mix with electricity, right? However, electrical components are an industry norm for many irrigation systems and they’re not as basic as one would think. That’s why specialists are needed to help manage such complex structures. Whether it’s an irrigation system, HVAC system, signage, or any top-of-the-line construction fixture or unit, you need a specialist that focuses their skillset on these specialties. Can you imagine the frustration if such systems were under the responsibility of a paint specialist? What does a painter know about irrigation? Absolutely nothing. The biggest challenge of running large-scale FM operations is having an arsenal of specialists, if not thousands of reliable vendors, to safeguard your projects and repairs at a high-quality, and who can consistently perform tasks on time. That’s why your chances of having a win-win business model revolve around maintaining relationships with your vendors, so your services can be assured through strong supportive networks.

When an unreliable vendor abandons an assignment, what are you going to do? The best strategy instead is to think long-term, and work with your strongest vendor relationships accordingly.

It’s Not a Sprint, It’s a Marathon.

Some business owners tend to abuse their vendors through a “use and replace” method. As difficult as it may seem to accept this way of practice, you must also acknowledge every vendor is only as good as their last quoted price. Additionally, choosing any vendor at random is a surefire way of crashing every bit of your operation. When an unreliable vendor abandons an assignment, what are you going to do? The best strategy instead is to think long-term, and work with your strongest vendor relationships accordingly. To get to a place where your vendor pools are strong and of high caliber, your approach starts with a perceptive process. Choose vendors who have proven to show a strong track record of being efficient and with correct skills and licenses for your needs. Encouraging and working alongside new vendors is perfectly fine, but you’d fare better to go with more industry established vendors, to ensure stability and reliability of work.

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Using Tech-Resources for Better Reach

When most companies deal with multiple vendors at any given time, sometimes staying on top of your vendor relationships all at once can be tough. Investing in your supplier management technologies and software will help branch out your reach, while ensuring a project is staying on the right course. Your updated apps should also aid with checking inventory, and by helping to send quick communication updates to your vendors. Having decent vendor management qualities demand skills that most professionals find challenging. By having your own vendor management systems in good standing, you’ll find it easier to connect the breadth of all your vendor-related activities: inviting bids, RFPs, evaluating supplier tools, and other management options easily. There are many options out there that you can either pay for or obtain for free. Whatever software options you decide to choose, just remember that you’re investing towards a more modern business relationship solution that will bring your vendor management needs towards a better overall reach.

Investing in your supplier management technologies and software will help branch out your reach, while ensuring a project is staying on the right course.

The Art of Negotiation

For many business-minded intellectuals, the true art of negotiating is never to see the situation as ‘you versus an opponent’, but to see the best out of the entire situation. For example, if you’re trying to win over a favor, your vision may be shortsighted, because you’re negotiating with an intention with instant gratification. The nature of business negotiations are really the gatekeepers to strategizing and building your portfolio of vender-supplier relationships. You want to envision longevity and negotiate your business deals and partnerships in a way that leaves both parties feeling equally satisfied with the outcome. For this to happen, you must be transparent, and make sure that every aspect of your services and expectations are clearly defined in your agreements, which include details about any requirements, methods, timelines, penalties, and more.

At the end, your business partnerships all depend on how much you want to give and take. In today’s modern business environments, no company can stand alone to succeed. Working business relationships don’t happen overnight, you have to strive to work towards a strong network and be passionate about delivering trust and quality. Your vendors are an essential part to your organization, and in-turn, you must offer your vendors the respect and flexibility they deserve. With proper business-relationship strategies under your wing, you’ll end up developing a reliable support base that can be counted on, while developing winning outcomes from your positive actions.

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Methods To Increase The Bonds Of Supplier Relationships

Methods To Increase The Bonds Of Supplier Relationships

Methods To Increase The Bonds Of Supplier Relationships

When building professional cross-functioning partnerships, you gain key financial and business benefits that last a lifetime. However, things can get complicated when you involve suppliers and buyers in one space. The type of environment that buyers and suppliers invest time in is always competitive. Competition can spark motivation, but it can also cause relationship risks. From their standpoint, keeping long-term competitiveness means focusing on the direct correlation between purchasing and operating functions. Nevertheless, industries are evolutionary. No industry ever stays the same and growth is inevitable, especially in business. Instead of concentrating on the rigid lines of purchase-operatives, another way to strengthen supplier relationships may be to focus more on the strategic management aspects.

Typically, the rift between supplier relationships develop from the sole angle of the ‘transaction’.

Harsh Demands Lack Prosperity

The adjective ‘draconian’ stems from an actual historic figure who was known to develop harsh regulations to control his citizens. Unfortunately, many competitive business models structure their business-relationship strategies around unforgiving limits that drastically lower any chances for continued relationships. Typically, the rift between supplier relationships develop from the sole angle of the ‘transaction’. When you place energy into just getting the lowest price instead of making sure deliverables are met, it doesn’t leave much room for anything else. If you create a ‘zero-sum’ game and make your suppliers feel as if they’re expendable at any time, then you’re going to have some push-back. Therefore, conflicts appear, and suppliers will have little interest in being flexible or working with your best interests, which will ruin any overall business-relationship prosperities for the future.

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Maintain an Open-Door Policy on Transparency

Transparency is the new trend as we develop our business-relationship models for 2020. Being transparent in business implies having a complete openness towards communication and making sure you’re upholding your end of the bargain. With a lot that has evolved over the past decade or so, companies have reconsidered their approach and have successfully started goals around causes that create value. The true test of achievement for many firms is to have the realization that you attract more benefits by treating your suppliers like actual partners, which then reflects positive changes to other business avenues like cost-effective methods that work hand-in-hand. For this positive change to take effect, you must build transparency and try to collaborate with your vendors and suppliers. For example, supporting an open dialogue about certain financial conditions and being clear about what’s at stake is a huge collaborative-communicative process. If at any point things become muddled or blocked-off, the success of the partnership can suffer.

Fewer costly ventures will be vital in stabilizing your routine operations competently and successfully.

The More We Learn the More It’ll Bring Us Together

Knowledge is power and being able to understand your supplier-relationship’s strengths and weaknesses will increase your plans at a more effective level for the future. As mentioned before, when allowing space for open communication to flow freely, it’ll mean fewer costly surprises within your partnerships. Fewer costly ventures will be vital in stabilizing your routine operations competently and successfully. Thus, expanding greater visibility towards noticing specific risks quicker, and being able to resolve and make solutions towards immediate recovery times from things that would disrupt your partnership’s workflow. The more awareness that’s being communicated and endorsed the better we’re off to handle tough business situations within reasonable timeframes.

Company growth can be quite painful at times, and building lasting relationships in your industry is part of the same stressful process. However, being able to see who can grow with you is just as important, and helps to weed out outgrown possibilities. Increased communication gives way to know your supplier’s financial history and future growth potential. Whether you want to manage your supplier relationships, prevent disruptions, or protect your bottom-line interests, the main factor comes down to plain honesty. Your mindset can’t be changed if you’re not willing to place trust onto your suppliers. Through transparency and cost-effective communication goals, you’ll have stronger partners by your side, which will enhance your business and assist in your brand’s efficacy.

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