BUY­ING TIPS

Facilities Management Middle East - - SUPPLIER NEWS -

New prod­ucts come to the mar­ket at a great rate. While many shout about their in­no­va­tion or com­pet­i­tive pric­ing, it can be dif­fi­cult to spot the true merit of a prod­uct with­out the right in­for­ma­tion. fmME of­fers a few top tips that are al­ways worth keep­ing in mind when pur­chase or­ders are on the way.

1. FO­CUS

Know what you are look­ing for and ex­actly what you need it to do.

2. RE­SEARCH

Get sup­pli­ers to pro­vide de­tailed prod­uct in­for­ma­tion based on your spe­cific re­quire­ments.

3. PRICE VER­SUS...

Is price the most im­por­tant fac­tor?

4. ...QUAL­ITY

Or will qual­ity mat­ter more in the long run?

5. IS IT NEEDED?

Is the prod­uct some­thing the project re­ally needs? Could it be done with­out or bought at a later stage?

6. SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY

Does this prod­uct need to be ‘green’?

7. STAN­DARDS

Does the prod­uct need to con­form to any spe­cific stan­dards?

8. SHIP­PING

Will the prod­uct make it to pro­duc­tion on time, or is there an or­der back­log?

9. LI­A­BIL­ITY

How long will your com­pany be li­able for the prod­uct’s per­for­mance?

10. SORTED

Will this pur­chase sort the job or will it come back to haunt you?

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