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Supplier Partner Philosophy

ScanSource has a limited line card by design, and we represent only the key supplier partners in our specific technologies. Our approach to potential supplier partners is multi-faceted with input from the sales, merchandising, technical support, and finance departments.
Criteria for supplier partner consideration includes:
  • Technology leadership is one of the most important criteria. We try to have the top two or three supplier partners in each of our chosen technologies.
  • An active reseller channel is an equally important factor. This critical component proves that a product or technology has demand in the market and that there is a core of resellers who understand it and have had some success in reselling it.
  • An exclusive distribution relationship with ScanSource is preferred, although it's not required.
  • Rapid material revenue is important in order for ScanSource to invest in a new vendor relationship. When we launch a new supplier partner, we invest a great deal of resourcesfrom inventory on the shelf all the way to the training of our sales and technical teams.
  • The executive management of a potential supplier partner must demonstrate support for, and understanding of the role of two-tier distribution in the supply chain.

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