Vendor Selection - How to Select a Vendor
The Successful Vendor Selection Process
The vendor selection process can be a very confusing, complicated and emotional undertaking if you don't know how to approach it from the very start. Here are five straightforward steps to help you select the right vendor for your business.
Step #1: Analyze Business Requirements
The toughest part of the vendor selection process is analyzing the business requirements. This guide will show you how to accomplish this and gain consensus across all the stakeholders before you begin the vendor selection process.
Step #2: Vendor Search
The second part of the vendor selection process is to perform a comprehensive vendor search and create a "short list" of vendors to pursue. Done correctly, this will position your business to find the right vendor and create a competitive atmosphere between competing vendors. This guide will show you how.
Step #3: Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Quotation (RFQ)
The third part of the vendor selection process is to write a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quotation (RFQ). A well written RFP or RFQ is the critical success factor in the entire vendor selection process. This guide will show you how to create a document that will detail the needs and expectations of your company.
Step #4: Proposal Evaluation and Vendor Selection
In the vendor selection process, this is the most crucial step of all. Lack of preparation and not paying attention to detail can lead your vendor selection team to recommend the wrong vendor for your company. This guide will help you organize your selection process and lead your team to a unified vendor selection decision.
Step #5: Contract Negotiation Strategies
The final stage in the vendor selection process is developing a contract negotiation strategy. Successful contract negotiation means that both sides will gain from coming to an agreement. This guide will show you how to plan a successful contract negotiation strategy.
Contract Negotiation Mistakes
The smallest mistake can kill an otherwise productive contract negotiation process. Avoid these contract negotiation mistakes so that you and your vendor will come to an agreement that will benefit both parties.