One of the biggest debates I face in the framing world is why I only use 1 supplier for mouldings when I could easily use 3 or 4 suppliers to create 1 massive and unique range for our customers. The simple answer is cost & time.
Here are 5 reasons why we don’t order from multiple suppliers
- You might not have enough to qualify for free delivery.
- You might not have enough to even place the Minimum order which means additional waiting time.
- You will have to take the time to place 3 or 4 separate orders.
- You will have to take the time to reconcile accounts across multiple suppliers
- You might not benefit from top trade discount prices due to smaller order values
By using 1 supplier I know that every day or two I have enough to place an order. I then only have, 1 order to place, 1 order to receive, 1 order to unpack & If anything goes wrong I only have 1 person to contact.
Now, I know what you’re thinking… But all of your eggs are in one basket?
Well, this is just for mouldings, I do suggest ordering other elements, such as glass and backing from a separate supplier. Having all your eggs in one basket isn’t the end of the world, as long as you have a back up plan.
Your back up plan needs to be based around your core range(70% of your range, popular and fast moving). Make sure your core range of mouldings are available with multiple suppliers so if you do need to get your hands on them, you can.
What should you look for when choosing a moulding supplier?
When choosing a moulding supplier there are a few things you should look for:
From a materials perspective:
- A variety of mouldings in both family ranges and the entire range
- Moulding ranges should look and feel high quality. Ideally not MDF wrapped frames which are cheap and not long lasting.
- Continuous improving on their range through quarterly or yearly releases
- Moulding available by the box, pack, length
From an operations perspective:
- Easy online ordering with clear pricing
- Quick delivery turnaround times
- Minimal damage when receiving mouldings
- Clear pricing, with structured yearly increases (not random increases)
From a company value perspective:
- The supplier should take sustainability seriously and actively be trying to increase it in their range.
- Strong & trusting relationships with sales reps who can be available when you’re in need