- Know your supplier.
Research them on the internet.
- Express your needs and expectations.
Make sure your vendor knows exactly what you are looking for, .
- See them as an extension of your team.
They have “specialized” resources that might be of good use to you. Integrate them in your communication.
- Give them the credit they deserve.
Recognize them when they do a great job. Give them constructive feedback where you see opportunities for growth.
- Pay on time.
Your supplier has to bills as well. Communicate in advance if you can’t for whatever reason.
If you apply above, your vendor will become a partner, and partnerships go a lot further…