The suppliers play a very important role in the success of a business that is why choosing a right supplier that can come up to your expectations is very important.
A verbal agreement is good way to start a good relationship that can be more than just a business relationship but a business is a business and it should not be overlooked because a personal friendship has already developed.
There are many small-time and big-time suppliers out there but only a few can be trusted to deliver the right goods on the right time.
Contract between a supplier and the client should be signed to be knowledgeable of the agreement that one has gotten into.
It establishes the right expectations that the client has to the supplier.
The contract would clearly define the agreements that both parties had in a written document.
This is an essential step that both parties have to make to be able to prevent misunderstandings in the future incase the client or the supplier is discontented of the business relationship.
The supply agreements or contracts can be called many names.
It also has to be very specific and understandable for both parties.
A lawyer that is an expert in this field can prepare one and both parties can also hire a lawyer to check the contract for any ambiguities and irregularities.
But, you yourself can check the document and see if the contract contains what has already been agreed on by both parties.
The contract would usually contain the terms and condition of the services to be rendered the limitations of the services, responsibilities and obligations of both parties, the location of which the supply will be delivered, the size/number of the items to be supplied, the pricing of the product, the payment terms and conditions, confidentiality issues, and the conditions when the contract can be terminated as well as any issues pertaining to after the contract has due or been terminated.
Prior to any contract signing, both parties will usually be meeting, either with a lawyer or none, to discuss the issues enumerated above.
Both parties have choices and this is the time when they can share their ideas and suggestion on how their business relationship should go.
When agreeing to any of the issues, both parties should express their needs and expectations from each other.
If they fail to express this, then it might cause false impression and may result to future misunderstandings.
All this issues will be agreed upon by both parties and everything agreed verbally will be written down in the contract.
If there is any confusion between the parties, then it should be cleared first before it is signed.
The contract can still be subject for revision unless signed.
A contract is a legal document and can be used as a ground and evidence should there will be a case.
That is why a lawyer at your side before putting your signature in any contract is very important.