Finding the Right Vendor for your DC
(Boonton, NJ, June 12, 2009) When you're looking to find your perfect match, you spend a lot of time figuring out exactly what you want in a mate. According to Susan Rider, president of Rider and Associates, you should apply the same criteria to choosing a vendor.
In the June issue of industry newsletter Distribution Center Management, Rider offers a number of tips to help you make the right choice. For example, she says you need to ensure a vendor has the expertise that you need in your DC.
For example, what if you are a piece picking operation that hires a consultant whose expertise is in a full-pallet/ full-case arena? Odds are you will either pay for him to learn your operations, or you will acquire a solution that is less than effective in your operation.
Rider also offers advice on how to avoid getting a "divorce" from your business partners once the deal is signed. She recommends that, much like getting a pre-nuptial agreement, you ask for a service level agreement from any potential vendors.
To read the full article, "Choosing the right business partner is about finding your perfect match," click http://www.distributiongroup.com/articles/DCM0609persp.pdf.
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