When a customer order comes through, it's up to you to find a supplier who can fill that need. While it may sound simple, you know how time intensive it can be to satisfy a customer order. Follow these time management tips to ensure your next metal order is fulfilled on-time and meets your customer's needs.
Time Management Tip #1: Source from Suppliers with Readily Available Materials
Ordering from a supplier that has the materials you need already in-stock is a great time-saver for busy purchasing managers. If the supplier you're trying to source materials through doesn't have the inventory to support your order and instead turns around and sources that material from elsewhere, your order turn time will be greater.
Time Management Tip #2: Work with Suppliers who Offer Metal Finishing Services
When you work with suppliers who offer in-house secondary services, you're eliminating multiple steps in the procurement process. For instance, if your customer requires cold rolled steel in custom-sized blanks, you save a lot of time if you can have the coils leveled and blanked to customer specification in-house.
Time Management Tip #3: Find Suppliers who Accommodate Small Quantity Orders
Sometimes customers need a small quantity of a particular metal but are faced with dealing with a supplier's minimum order quantity requirements. When a customer needs three sheets of 302/304 stainless steel and your typical supplier only sells it at 100 sheets per order, that's a significant surplus to budget for.
Not only that, but many customers won't have the capacity to inventory the surplus. While sourcing minimum quantities may translate to a higher price per sheet, this pales in comparison to dealing with a material surplus.
Time Management Tip #4: Review Customer Testimonials
One of the biggest time savers is working with a supplier you've built a trusting relationship with, but when a supplier you haven't worked with has the materials you need, you can learn a lot about them through reviews and customer testimonials.
You know as well as I do how much of an impact a supplier's dedication to customer service can have on your experience working with them. Learn about how previous purchasing managers have fared by reviewing a supplier's customer testimonials.
If you follow these time management tips, you'll save time and energy while fulfilling the needs of your customers and providing them with high-quality metal products.