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Supply chain management aims to supply your customers with the products they want and when they want it. For small businesses, it’s often that you want to accomplish this while spending as little money as possible. Managing supply chains can be complicated, which is why large companies typically have an entire supply chain team to help them out. Small business owners shouldn’t be discouraged because we’ll be going over what you need to know about managing supply chains.

Your vision
Before reaching out to suppliers, you must come up with ideas of products you want to sell. You can base these products on what you have successfully sold in the past and what hasn’t worked well. Sticking to your business’ brand and mission is also essential. When customers come in and don’t see something they like, consider asking them what they’re looking for and consider that next time. Running a business is all about making the customer feel welcomed and included in your business. Creating a vision is the best way to help your business stay consistent and authentic to its roots.

Picking a supplier
Now that you know what products you want to sell, you need to find the supplier that’s a perfect fit. There are plenty of trade publications and associations that provide business owners with potential candidates. After picking out a few that stick out to you, begin to research them. Look for their previous successes and failures, their commitment, and, most notably, their costs compared to other suppliers. Making a decision right away to get the process going sounds good, but it might not be in the long run. Get quotes from a few different suppliers and include various sized orders. The lowest price isn’t always the best route, and the highest doesn’t mean it’ll be the best quality. Chose what feels most right to you and what works best with your business needs.

After finding a supplier that works for you, consider building a relationship with them. Check-in and see what new products they have that you may be interested in. Without a supply chain, there wouldn’t be a business. Bringing new and old products will keep customers coming back and new ones coming in. As a small business owner, you must not be afraid to fail at times, but you must be willing to get back up and work harder for your business.