Running a dental practice is running a business. And when you run a business, you surely work with a supplier. The supplier, without a doubt, is one of the contributors to a business’s success. Managing your logistics efficiently also depends on how you work with your suppliers.
Whether you are working with a supplier of digital orthodontics or a provider of toiletries and equipment, you have to make sure that you observe proper work ethics. This is the foundation of a harmonious professional relationship. Regardless, here are some of the tips that will help you maintain that rapport with them.
Be clear with scheduling
Part of a business’s logistics aspects is the scheduling of the procurement of items. When it comes to this, it is important that you and your suppliers are always aligned in terms expectations and schedules. To do just that, it is imperative that you regularly check your inventory before you place an order or contact them.
Release payments on time
One of the pet peeves of many suppliers is the delayed payment. As such, you need to aspire to become an earnest payer. You need to remember that your suppliers also have bills to pay, and late payments may cause arguments and conflicts. To make payments easier, you need to budget your income and come up with payment schedules; you may even choose to automate it.
Just like friendship and other types of relationship, you need to have streamlined communication with your suppliers. Openness will help you set expectations and make sure that things are in line with your goals and your suppliers’. A simple communication protocol may help.
These are just some of the things to keep in mind if you want to maintain a good working relationship with your supplier. Lastly, be a nice client.