It depends on the service you’re looking for. For example, when we look for a vendor for laundry service, we look at price, which days they work and which days they will pick up the laundry, and how long they will take to bring it back. For cleaning chemicals I want a vendor who will deliver to my door on short notice. For a beer vendor, it might be important that they provide a refrigerator to display the products and handle its maintenance.
Some other considerations might be:
- How often they will invoice you, and the payment period they offer (more time is better)
- If a vendor requires exclusivity for their brand of products (flexibility to sell a variety is more desirable)
- Do they actually show up when they say they will?
Which kind of product are you asking about?