A supplier rating list is made by some companies
based on relative importance given to a select set
For routine order products the factors are : price,
supplier reputation, delivery .
For procedural problem products such as copiers the
important attributes are : technical service, supplier
flexibility, reliability and price
For political problem products such as choice of a
set of computers the factors are price, reputation,
reliability and flexibility
One way to encounter price factor from supplier side
is to talk of total cost of product or life cycle cost.