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Last but not least, this is the third Common Mistakes Ecommerce Sellers made when Engaging Suppliers.

No 3 Mistake: Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole

Supposed you meet a supplier with whom the working process goes very smoothly and pleasant. You are fast becoming best buddies with this supplier, and you absolutely love working with him/her. There’s one catch though: the quality of their goods is not what you want - perhaps over time, your business had grown, and you are hoping to find a better match of quality of goods for your e-commerce business.

As a concerned friend, you brought up this point during your transaction with your suppliers. You hope you can help him improve so that you can continue working happily with him. That’s a win-win situation for both of you, so why not?

What do you think will happen next?

From our experience, most of the time the suppliers will not heed your friendly advice, and in the end, your relationship may turn sour. The point is this: as an e-commerce seller, it’s not your responsibility to force a supplier to become someone they’re not.

If the supplier is used to producing low-quality umbrellas, don’t try to get them to become a world-class umbrella manufacturer. It’s going to be an uphill battle because their entire manufacturing process and supply chain is calibrated to that low standard. Everything they do will reflect it, from the raw materials and the assembly process to the skill level of their workers and the type of equipment, packaging, quality control and more.

Hence, it’s always better to move on and find someone that meets your standards than try to fit a square peg into a round hole.

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