Outsourcing Checklist for Evaluating Third-Party Vendors

Are you overwhelmed trying to decide which third-party vendor to outsource to? Use this checklist to help you narrow down your potential partners.

Published on 6 October, 2022 | Last modified on 1 November, 2022
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If you’re looking to outsource a project, a service, or even an entire team, you are obviously looking for help for your business. And with all the third-party vendors out there, it can be overwhelming trying to weed through them all. So, how can you ensure you’re choosing the right partner? 

Use this checklist to evaluate third-party vendors before you get overwhelmed and make sure your new partner is up to the task:

  • Will using this outsource partner improve your overall performance? 
  • How long have they been providing this service?
  • What sort of contract or purchase agreement needs to be executed?
  • How competitive is their pricing?
  • Can they break down the pricing for you, and offer solutions to control costs?
  • Will you be required to reach order minimums? 
  • How are proofs handled?
  • What sort of customer support is available to you, and is it reliable? 
  • How is your account going to be managed? Will you have a dedicated account manager? 
  • What security measures or features are in place to protect your intellectual property?
  • Ask to speak to a current or former client, and/or ask if case studies are available
  • Do they partner with other service providers?
  • Are they eco friendly? What sustainability measures have they put in place?
  • Does their service provide both print and digital solutions?
  • What file formats do they accept?
  • Do they have the capability to handle kitting and bundling?
  • Can they print and ship globally?
  • Are they flexible and can handle quick turnarounds?

Are you curious about Mimeo’s answers to these questions? Schedule a print consultation to learn more. 

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