You might be wondering whether the supplier size guidelines mentioned in “Supplier Size: It Matters” are absolute rules for selecting (or rejecting) a supplier.

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Please keep in mind that these are ONLY guidelines. There will absolutely, positively be exceptions.

For example, Next Level Purchasing has a supplier awards program in place. In our most recent mid-year supplier evaluation, the leading candidate for our 2005 Supplier of the Year Award was a huge company. Next Level Purchasing’s business comprises less than 1% of their annual sales. But, their performance – irrespective of our relative size – is what makes them special and worthy of an award.

So, supplier size is just one of many criteria that you should consider when selecting a supplier.

However, in a large number of cases, you will find that supplier stability and attentiveness to your needs are highly correlated with the guidelines in the above mentioned purchasing article.

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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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