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Six Ways to Improve Retailer-Supplier Relationships Your dealings with suppliers should of course be as cordial as possible, but you also need to protect your interests. Here are some useful tips for avoiding misunderstandings and improving your relationships at the same time. Don’t accept late or partial shipments. If the jewelry arrives after a special event or after the Christmas season, you may not want it at all. And paying shipping for partial orders can add up to big bucks. Elizabeth Parker, chief financial officer of Curt Parker Inc. in St. Louis, has a creative solution. When she orders jewelry, she attaches a sticker to the order form on which the vendor states the credit terms and initials agreement to Curt Parker’s requirements: “Ship complete. We pay only one shipping charge” is one such requirement. Another one is “Cancel order if not shipped befor

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