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Fine Tune Success Story: Supplier Agreement Consolidation

Rich YoungJanuary 27, 2020Read time: 2 min

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Background

A client recently purchased a new location which, it turned out, was obligated to two different uniform supplier agreements.

One of the suppliers (“Supplier A”) had a national agreement with the client which covered many other locations. This broader relationship made dealing with Supplier A relatively easy.

However, the other supplier (“Supplier B”) presented a few challenges.

Problem

Previous ownership had signed three separate agreements with Supplier B, all with over three years remaining and staggered contract expiration dates. This was inconvenient, to say the least. To make matters worse, the rates and terms in these agreements were extremely unfavorable.

Solution

Our strategy was to combine the three Supplier B agreements into one agreement, inject more favorable language, and drive the pricing down to the greatest extent possible.

Our client wanted all of this done in a hurry, but of course, this is easier said than done…and it required the cooperation of Supplier B.

Using our extensive industry expertise and relationships, we were able to immediately arrange a call with Supplier B’s local General Manager, whom we had amicably dealt with in the past. It wasn’t easy, but he ultimately agreed to our requests.

A new agreement was struck with vastly improved rates and terms. Overpriced and unnecessary items were removed. In the end, a 20%+ savings was implemented in a scenario where the outlook for the next three years was bleak. Our client could not have been more pleased.

Richard Young

Richard Young

Rich has over 20 years of experience in the marketing and communications field, building high-performing teams and working across organizational functions to ultimately grow the top-line. Prior to joining Fine Tune in 2019, Rich served in several marketing leadership roles at companies such as Student Transportation of America (STA), Ricoh USA and eGROUP. At Fine Tune, Rich oversees Fine Tune’s marketing and communications department in an effort to increase brand awareness and generate client demand.

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