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Practicing Due Diligence in Choosing a Supplier The extent of any due diligence procedure will be determined by the cost of the services to be procured, the importance of the services to your business, and the risks involved if the services were not provided or provided negligently. However, no matter the size of your business, there are some basic steps you must follow. Identify 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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Knowing what you want and need from a supplier, you can draw up a shortlist of prospects through a “Request for Information” document (RFI). This outlines briefly the goods and/or services needed and requests information pertaining to suppliers’ competencies and capabilities.
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Investigating Probable Suppliers Here’s a checklist that will enable you to evaluate potential suppliers’ abilities and fit with your organisation: Business Identity- Find out who you’re dealing with: are they legit and does the person you are negotiating with have the authority to commit the supplier? Financial Background- If a supplier has dealt with an operating loss, or a substantial loss of revenue in the past few years, this could indicate a deeper problem. Delivery of Goods/Services – Does the supplier’s proposed method of addressing your requirements jive with your present practices? How do they intend to contain any difficulties? Will they be able to deliver the promised services for the price they have quoted you? On account of this, how do they compare with the rest? Quality – Examine the credentials and/or standards’ accreditations of the supplier . Cost – Compare different suppliers’ quotes. However, keep in mind that best value for money doesn’t automatically mean 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). Speak to your prospective supplier – Not only is this a great way of seeing if you will be able to work together but also provides you a chance to check out their premises, look at samples of service deliverables or witness demos on how 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 can be referred to in the course of the relationship. Choosing 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.