The Importance of Partnerships with Suppliers

In this day and age, providing a physical service is no longer considered to be quite enough. Regardless of industry, it is increasingly the case that organisations can be seen to value partnerships as of near-equal import to other areas of service provision. Why, you might ask? Most specifically, this could be attributed to an increased need for contractor management to ensure that all works are being provided in a manner that suits the overall vision of any given project, yet, there are many other contributing factors to consider also.

Through works being provided simply as-is, with no communication of discussion, it is entirely possible that such works will be completed adequately; at the same time, however, this can often not be the case. As organisations increasingly recognise the level of concise expertise maintained within the supply chain, the want for tapping into such specialist expertise so too, grows – this being most aptly due to a perceived lack of expertise in comparison; or at least, in that specific area of work.

While a project may look feasible from the top, the need for specific details in a project, such as architecture, design, mechanical works and more, to then be checked, is of increasing import. In fact, it could be argued that it is of incredible import that any issues of challenges perceived in such works be highlighted at the soonest possible stage to ensure a minimisation of any delays or complications in the project itself.

Yet, this can only be achieved in one way – communication. Through proper communication between prime and sub contractor, organisations can see their own expertise and capacity expanded considerably with specialist expertise. This, however, can only be assured should such a subcontractors be involved at the very earliest stages of any given project, which is the very reason why organisations are increasingly seen to develop such partnerships whereby a supply chain isn’t just about the supply of material, or service, but of partnership in the deliver of a project. As such, the development of partnerships is nigh-on essential to the effective delivery of modern projects.


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BDC 299 December 2022