I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “How To Negotiate When ‘Time Is Money’.”

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The article gave an example of how you can negotiate in order to give your supplier the incentive to deliver on time. Of course, on-time delivery is not the only aspect of good supplier performance, so I’ll use this post to provide a couple more examples…

“What you’ve proposed is what we consider a premium price. We usually push for rock bottom prices. However, we’d be willing to pay a premium price for premium performance. Here’s what we propose: you reduce your price by 10%; however, if your deliveries conform to the 4 parts-per-million defect rate that you promised, we’ll pay the price in your proposal.”

“What you’ve proposed is what we consider a premium price. We usually push for rock bottom prices. However, we’d be willing to pay a premium price for premium performance. Here’s what we propose: you reduce your price by 10%; however, if you respond to all service calls within 10 minutes as you promised, we’ll pay the price in your proposal.”

The point I’m trying to make with the above-linked article and this post is that you should never approach a negotiation without considering the criticality of supplier performance and how you might be able to negotiate creatively to assure – and not decrease the percentage chance of – satisfactory performance.

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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