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Re: 600 lb gorillas vs. Mister Cookie Face: A Cautionary Tale

Hi,

Working with suppliers is very tricky. Whether you add value to what is supplied or just repack it, It’s still their products and your reputation.

In engineering it’s quite simple. Branding does not matter. Specifications are all that matter. It’s high time other Industries follow this method. At least at the time of signing supply agreements.

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Re: 600 lb gorillas vs. Mister Cookie Face: A Cautionary Tale

@Sangeethmathew wrote:

Hi,

Working with suppliers is very tricky. Whether you add value to what is supplied or just repack it, It’s still their products and your reputation.

In engineering it’s quite simple. Branding does not matter. Specifications are all that matter. It’s high time other Industries follow this method. At least at the time of signing supply agreements.

I agree, @Sangeethmathew. It's all about signing an agreement - not only to set expectations for deliverables but also to identify a path forward should deliverables fall short of expectations. @Rustler did a great job demonstrating this approach in his answer to a recent question in which a cafe owner was receiving not-so-fresh coffee beans from a supplier. Whether you're talking about an engineer's specs or a coffee roaster's sell-by date, you gotta get that in writing!