Let’s look at each strategy in detail.
Strategies to Make the Right Deal
Win-win negotiation strategy #1: Bring New Value to the VendorThis is the easiest approach.Try to rebalance the power equation and turn a purely commercial transaction with vendors into a strategic partnership. Companies can provide new value in two ways:
- Be a gateway to new markets
- Reducing the vendor’s risks
Win-win negotiation strategy #2: Change How You BuyYour next best alternative is to change your pattern of demand. Because this strategy can have implications for other parts of your organization, it requires close collaboration with any functions that could be affected. A company can change its demand patterns in three ways, all of which may require intensive data collection and analysis:
- Consolidate purchase orders
- Rethink purchasing bundles
- Decrease purchase volume
Win-win negotiation strategy #3 Create a New VendorThis is a high-risk option, but it can transform a company’s prospects.This strategy is necessary in industries where price negotiations have gone so far as to drive most vendors out of business, effectively giving the survivors a monopoly. Firms have essentially two paths:
- Bring in a vendor from an adjacent market
- Vertically integrate to become their own vendor
In the negotiation process, a procurement professional should learn to compromise to the best extent possible. However, one must know where and which areas to compromise as it is important to reach an agreement that will avoid conflict and misunderstanding.
For a win-win negotiation, it is better that individuals try to adjust with each other in such a way that both parties are benefited and meets their expectation. It is always better to use a Service Vendor checklist to review your contracts for negotiation with vendors.
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