A vendor agreement - an indispensable business contract - outlines the terms of the exchange of goods or services between a business and a vendor. This written agreement not only provides clarity of terms and conditions, but also protects both parties' interests. Here are the five essential elements every comprehensive vendor agreement should include for healthy vendor management, successful operations, and increased ROI.
We would venture to say that all businesses from various industries in the public and private sectors need vendors. Vendor relationships help power business processes. Vendors can provide supplies, services, maintenance, and raw materials for generating products. As such, it is important that organizations maintain business relationships with third-party vendors.
Unfortunately – as is the case with most things – there is a right and a wrong way to go about vendor management.
Contract and procurement teams need to sidestep spend leakage, detrimental terms, and soured vendor relationships. On the other hand, proper vendor contract management can set the stage for positive growth and opportunity realization. Here’s how.
Utilizing manual sourcing methods - such as gathering item prices in spreadsheets, corresponding with prospective bidders individually via email, leveraging paper-based RFPs, and collecting numerous data separately from pontential suppliers - can cause you to face a time-consuming challenge in sourcing quality and cost saving goods or services. Without the proper tools, sourcing professionals within your procurement team could fail to determine formal bids, RFPs, budget allowances, stock levels, current contracts, and contingencies in purchase order releases. Fortunately, you can utilize the following seven essential eSourcing software tools for seamless source-to-contract management success.
CobbleStone Software's latest version – CobbleStone Contract Insight® Enterprise 17.11.0 – has come, introducing next-level CLM features and enhancements for you to master to bring your contract management software platform to the next level!