5 Tips to forge a long-term Relationship with Your Suppliers

The right vendor selection is the most crucial decision that you need to make when sourcing from overseas. A good supplier not only adds value to your business but also gives you complete peace of mind by providing excellent customer service. However, the problem with many businesses is that they often ignore the supplier side and at times become too stringent and demanding which ends up in losing a quality supplier. Getting the right supplier for your business is not easy. Good collaboration and understanding between buyers and suppliers are essential to efficiently manage your supply chains on a commercially sustainable basis. If you have a healthy relationship with your supplier, you are more likely to benefit from a dedicated service, minimum MOQS, preferential pricing, and special terms. Whereas, cooperation failures can have devastating effects on your supply chain. In worst-case scenarios, this can even lead to disruptions, price fluctuations, and quality problems. In this article, our experts share some tips that will help you establish a long-lasting relationship with your supplier.

Bring Value to Your Suppliers

Buyer and supplier is a two-way relationship. If a supplier is bringing value to your business, you should also help them out and create more opportunities for them. A good buyer-supplier relationship is not just based on financial transactions but also on trust, value, and goodwill. Make the suppliers feel a part of your business and provide them the opportunity to expand into new markets with your referrals and connections.  

Timely Payment is the Key

For establishing a relationship based on the value of trust and grace, timely payment of the bills is necessary.  Timely payment gives the supplier security, that you are a reliable customer and are easy to work with. To establish credibility, send an advance amount for your orders. However, do not pay for everything upfront. If you are unable to settle the payments on time, inform your supplier about the situation, and get a new date from them.

Communicate More Often

Once a supplier is on board, make sure there is no communication gap. Talk to their representative regularly, tell them about your expectations, and listen to their expectations and reservations. Deploy a proactive member of your team on the communication front. Talk to the supplier’s engineers, production officers, and managers. Language can often be an issue when buying overseas so make sure that both parties (you and the supplier) can easily understand each other well.

Partner up with a Sourcing Company

The best strategy is to partner with a sourcing company. An experienced sourcing company like Blink Global has vast experience in dealing with overseas suppliers. We have helped clients get the best products at competitive rates. Our agents also deal with industry-specific suppliers and are masters of creating win-win solutions.

Air Freight Vs Ocean Freight – Choose the Right Mode of Transportation

When you decide to source from overseas, choosing between airfreight and ocean freight is an important decision that you have to make very wisely as it greatly affects the optimization and profitability of the entire sourcing process. Both solutions offer a myriad of advantages and disadvantages and the right solution is something subjective to your needs and priorities. At BlinkGlobal, we offer a wide range of transportation solutions with procurement to our clients. Depending on the destination, goods consigned to a foreign market can be transported by road, rail, air, sea, inland, waterways, or a combination of any of these. In this article, our experts share their knowledge so that you make the best decision for your shipment in the given circumstances.

Cost Comparison:

For shipment over 100 lbs, ocean freight is a wise choice. It is the cheapest and the best option as shipping by sea scale well. For instance, a shipment of 100lb might cost you let’s say 100$, a shipment weighing 1000lb might cost you only 200$ making it the best option for transporting in bulk. Contrary to ocean freight, air freight can be very expensive. In certain cases, it can get 10 times to 100 times more expensive than maritime transport. Airfreight is regarded as the costliest mode of shipping. Airfreight rates are so high that it is not feasible for low-value products.


Shipping via oceans may take months, particularly if you choose LCL (Limited Container Load). LCL shipping requires a longer time. The reason is pretty straightforward. Your shipment will wait at the loading port until it finds consolidation partners. This will be again required at the destination port. FCL (Full Container Load) shipment is faster. The shipment will be sealed by the original supplier. The entire shipment will be loaded and transported directly to your final destination. Time is the most important factor why many businesses decide to choose air freight over sea freight. However, air traffic can also be affected by adverse weather conditions, so you must always be prepared for unexpected delays.

Airfreight and the environment

When it comes to reducing our ecological footprint, sea freight almost always wins the battle over air freight. This is why you should pick your transportation mode wisely based on what type of goods you need to ship, to and from what destinations, and what your priorities are.

Customs Clearance

Custom clearance at seaports is way less complicated compared to airports. A good freighting partner such as Blink Sourcing will make sure that you meet all the legalities and have adequate clearance documents and necessary fees have been paid beforehand. Meeting all these simple prereqs will ensure a smooth passage of goods from the port authorities.   

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