Supplier evaluation is an essential task for procurement teams and involves assessing vendors before signing contracts to choose the best one. Supplier evaluation also includes measuring the performance of present vendors to identify and eliminate risks.
Supplier evaluation aims to find vendors that are best suited to meet the needs of a business entity. For pre-qualification assessments, supplier evaluation involves varied tests and scorecards. Suppliers are required to fill questionnaires on their legal compliance, annual turnover, and product inventory. The goal is to find the supplier that will be most reliable, will not violate any industry norms, and will provide the best quality materials and/or services.
Assessments for existing vendors are usually in terms of their performance. Businesses can measure delays, rejected materials, and payment invoices of their suppliers. This will help them gauge their suppliers properly. Contracts with inconsistent suppliers with a long record of poor performance can be terminated, and new suppliers can be chosen instead.
Companies can also identify their most valuable vendors and maintain strong relationships through bonuses and benefits.
Some companies begin their supplier evaluation process with a market survey where they identify top suppliers in each category and then approach them for bids. But some companies prefer to keep the process more contained. They ask some reliable suppliers for initial bids and then assess and compare these suppliers through their supplier evaluation process.
A company’s profit margin depends on all its stakeholders, including the suppliers. Therefore, companies that work with the best suppliers will also have the best business outcomes.