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Performing Due Diligence on a Potential Supplier The coverage of any due diligence process will be affected by the cost of the services for procurement, the value of the services to your business, and the risks of the absence or poor performance of such services. However, notwithstanding the size of your business, there are some essential steps you have to follow. Know your needs and preferences. You need to be clear from the get-go what you want to achieve. This will help you see what specifically you need from your supplier, not just as far as their service offering is concerned but also their values and how they treat their customers. Looking into the Market
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After knowing your wants and needs, you can create a shortlist of possible supplier candidates using a “Request for Information” document (RFI). This concisely outlines the necessary goods and/or services and asks for information related to the capabilities and competencies of suppliers.
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Researching Prospective Suppliers The checklist below will help you assess your prospective suppliers’ capabilities and fit with your business: Business Identity- Know the company you’re dealing with: is it legitimate and is the person you are negotiating with authorized to bind the supplier? Financial Background- A supplier with an operating loss, or considerable loss of revenue over the last few years may have underlying problems. Delivery of Goods/Services – Does the supplier’s recommended approach to meeting your requirements suit your current practices? How do they intend to contain any difficulties? Are they capable of delivering the promised services for the quoted price? On account of this, how do they compare with the rest? Quality – Review the company’s credentials and/or standards’ accreditations. Cost- Compare quotes from different suppliers. Take note however that best value for money isn’t necessarily the cheapest price. Business age – Longevity can make you more confident but a newer company can use a more innovative approach and overall attitude. Track record – Ask for feedback from other clients (you may know some of them). Talk to your prospective supplier – This is not just an effective way of knowing if you can work together but also gives you a glimpse of their premises and samples of service deliverables or witness demonstrations on the way the services are going to be performed. Risk Assessment and Management The moment you appoint your supplier, create a risk register expounding on relevant risks and how to handle them. This may be referred to over the course of the relationship. Working with Data Processors Sharing data with your supplier may be necessary, but do make sure they are fully aware of current data protection regulations and will actually comply.