How Do You Treat Your Suppliers?
“So the craftsman encourages the smelter, and he who smooths metal with the hammer encourages him who beats the anvil.” (Isa 41:7 NASB)
Now this is an interesting question! Are you brutal and over demanding of those who supply you goods and services? Isn’t it a good business practice to extract the last possible cent from those you do business with? The Bible shows us a more synergistic relationship of mutual respect and encouragement.
Long-term relationships built on an understanding of shared profitability can be priceless as cycles move and pricing power shifts up and down supply chains. Building those relationships on respect and going to the extent of encouraging our suppliers is doing business God’s way. The very fact that it does not happen very often ensures that you will stand out, become a customer of choice, demonstrate a different approach, and represent the God you profess to serve.
Quick Prayer: Help me to demonstrate Your grace to my suppliers. Amen.