As a business owner, you know just how important your network of suppliers is to your business. Without their reliable service, you wouldn’t be able to provide reliable service to all of your customers. Therefore, when selecting any supplier, it pays to do your research to ensure they will be an asset to your company, not a liability. Here are some of our best tips for finding the right packaging supplier for your business operations.
Before you even type in that search online to find a packaging supplier, you need to start understanding what the needs of your business are. This will allow you to formulate a game plan for judging potential suppliers. Know what your business is going to need for all its packaging processes. This is as simple as going to your supply room and writing down all the supplies that are in there related to the process of packaging your products for your customers. This is a simple task that an employee can do for you to save you some time. Once you know what packaging materials your business is going to need, you can start to look for suppliers that fit your needs.
Next, comes the lovely research stage in your packaging supplier search. At this point in time, you’re just trying to put together a list of available suppliers that fit all of your business needs. We suggest starting by searching for suppliers offering the most unique packaging equipment that your company uses. For example, if your business utilizes any woven polypropylene valve bags, you should do an online search for that term plus suppliers. This will reveal a list of packaging suppliers that will be sure to offer that product. Once on the website of each packaging supplier, it’s time to ensure they offer all or most of the items on your list of necessities. If they do, write their name down on your list of potential suppliers to continue analyzing.
By this point, you should have a clear list of potential packaging suppliers that provide the products you need to operate. Now, it’s time to delve deeper into each company’s reputation. Look at who their current customers are, usually available on their website or a review site like Angie’s List, and what they’re saying about the company. Obviously, the more good reviews the better. See where each supplier is located in respect to your business. Local suppliers can be vital as they can typically provide you supplies sooner. Also, you’re better protected against weather disasters outside of your area that could result in a late shipment for your supplies.
Picking the right packaging supplier for your business is no small task. Realize that your supplier is going to be a relationship that you’re going to have for many years to come. You want to invest the time now to ensure that you pick a reliable supplier that fits in your budget so you don’t have to worry about any supplier headaches later down the road.