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    As I have said, we are a food factory. We make microwave meals for the elderly and disabled. Our motto is all about the freshness of our foods. Early on, we did a pretty good job of that. Over the last few years warehouse space, managers, ordering staff, etc. have caused a lot of waste and downtime. Because a lot of ingredients were needed to make fresh food, many menu items were replaced with premade/prefab foods, from new suppliers. I don't have any control over this, but I feel it is a big blow to what we are supposed to be about. Have you ever had to do a mass switch of who and where you got your supplies for your business? Did this hurt or help your previous situation?

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    Re: Switching gears in ordering of supplies

    I've had to switch a few times in different types of business I was in and some got more affected by it than others. I used to manufacture apparel in the past and I was forced to switch to another supplier for my fabric but it turned out the quality wasn't too good so it negatively affected my sales at the time. Now I sell retail items of known brands so even if I changed suppliers I'd still roughly have the same product and I've had to do that several times at this point and thankfully there hasn't been any noticeable difference so far.

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      Re: Switching gears in ordering of supplies

      I have no experience with food supplies but our computer supplies sometimes suffer lack of items. When the USB stick came into fashion, there was a rash of order from almost all our branches (they are our customers). Since the present supplier couldn't fulfill our orders on time, we had to switch to the second lowest bidder. In another instance, there was a sudden decrease in market prices so we again shifted to the other suppliers for a better price.

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        Re: Switching gears in ordering of supplies

        Originally posted by Corzhens View Post
        I have no experience with food supplies but our computer supplies sometimes suffer lack of items. When the USB stick came into fashion, there was a rash of order from almost all our branches (they are our customers). Since the present supplier couldn't fulfill our orders on time, we had to switch to the second lowest bidder. In another instance, there was a sudden decrease in market prices so we again shifted to the other suppliers for a better price.
        I think this is a common occurrence. Manufacturing and distribution concerns a lot of people and companies that have to work in unison so glitches here and there should be expected. The only time things stabilize is probably when both companies have put in enough time working with each other.

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          Re: Switching gears in ordering of supplies

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            Re: Switching gears in ordering of supplies

            In specialized businesses like catering to institutions, it is important to stick to the concept of your product. If you claim to use fresh ingredients or organic ingredients then you have to be assured of the constant supply. It's a false claim when you are not true to the ingredients for reasons of shortage. There are people like me who are very particular when it comes to food. One issue with me is the use of msg.... monosodium glutamate is taboo in our home.

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