When your Supplier turns into your Competition?
I do not want to name names because i am not trying to single out one supplier, because the number of them doing this is growing! Over the past 6-12 months i have received either emails, flyers or seen advertising online. Suppliers “i buy from” creeping more and more over onto our side of the fence!
as a sign maker we buy vinyl, sheet material, fixings and stuff like that. we then do the fabrication and assembly of all the parts and apply the graphics to create the signs and sell them to our customers.
but these same suppliers are now offering routered flat-cut letters and graphics as a service. folded pans as a service. composite sign blanks with rails, clips and posts. etc. etc. etc.
My question is, “How long before these same big suppliers decide, let’s just add the vinyl to the sign and sell direct to the end user?” it is happening in other industries where the small guy is stepped over by the big companies and all i can see is the move being made on us!
Maybe i am ranting, but still… 🤨
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