Building and trade contractors are always on the lookout for quality suppliers as they know picking the right supplier can make or break significant projects. But, any contractor knows how difficult it can be to identify a supplier that you can trust, so where do you begin, and what do you need to look for? If you have been burned too many times with late deliveries and radio silence, here are the secrets to finding high-quality suppliers with whom you can build a lasting, trusting relationship.
They Are Industry Leaders
It should be easy to identify the perfect supplier if they are industry leaders, but many companies will claim to be the best without having that distinction. Even so, looking for names that continue popping up for all the right reasons is usually a good indication of high-quality, as are specialist products that you can’t find anywhere else. This is particularly true with companies such as Douglas Electrical, which provide a broad appeal for a range of industries.
They Are Certified
As someone running a trade business, you know all about the importance of certifications. You wouldn’t hire a contractor that did not have the necessary certificates, so why would you work with a supplier that does not boast the certifications that demonstrate its quality? There is a variety of certifications to look for depending on your location, with key certificates being ISO and QS, although there are others you must look out for. These will help you identify quality suppliers immediately, and any supplier that is resistant to show you their certificates should be passed over for one that has all the evidence you need.
They Are Close Enough
One late delivery is an unfortunate, if frustrating, accident. Several late deliveries are a severe cause for concern, and this can be due to several reasons. Poor planning on the part of the supplier is one, but it could also be the location. You never know what disruptions could happen, and if your supplier is on the other side of the country, or indeed the other side of the world, there’s a risk that you will not get the supplies you need on time. Therefore, you should select a supplier that is close enough that they will deliver the products on time, without picking one that is too close out of convenience. That said, if you find an exceptional supplier five minutes away, then there’s no reason not to work with them.
They Have Modern Tech and Tools
The final element to look at is suppliers with modern technology and tools. This will include to-the-minute GPS tracking to pinpoint the current location of shipments, as well as streamlined processes in their warehouse to pick out the right product each time. Modern technology and tools also show they are a forward-thinking supplier who always looks to improve, which will be more reliable than suppliers too set in their ways and stuck in the past.
Without a quality supplier, your contractor business risks losing clients and experiencing a severe drop in its reputation. This is why you should never merely settle for a supplier, but do your due diligence to identify which suppliers offer precisely what you need and will not let you down.