Wednesday 30 May 2012

Are your suppliers over stretched?

There are a number of reasons that suppliers can become over stretched e.g.:
  • buying organisation getting carried away with what suppliers tell them they can do
  • buying organisation asking them to do more and more
  • new contracts being accepted using the same resource
  • reduced resources available - through illness, ineffeciency etc
  • lack of training and support
To resolve the situation, however it's manifested itself whether in poor service, quality or increasing costs, is to:
  • Notice the supplier is over stretched
  • Explore the reasons for the over stretching
  • Take appropriate action  
Simple enough and yet many supplier failures are because we've just buried our head in the sand and hoped the situation would resolve itself.

Which of your suppliers are overstretched and what do you need to do to get them working effectively and efficiently?

Alison Smith
The Purchasing Coach
Sowing the seeds to ensure your suppliers don't overstretch themselves
Picture Source: via Alison on Pinterest

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