How To Pick The Best Wholesale Supplier For Your Pumps
1. What is a pump, and what does it do?
A pump is a device that moves fluids (liquids and gases) from one location to another. A familiar example in everyday use would be the water pump, which pumps water from wells or pushes it into storage tanks for later use. Pumps can be classified into six major categories: gear pumps, diaphragm pumps, piston pumps, peristaltic pumps, centrifugal pumps and positive displacement pumps. 
2. Who uses the pump?
Many types of devices need a pump to work correctly. These include automobiles, where fuel injectors take in pressurized gas from the fuel line and mix it with air for an internal combustion engine; vacuum cleaners, where pressurized air is used to move the debris on the floor inside a bag or canister; and firearms, which use compressed gas to fire projectiles.
3. What are the most common types of pumps?
The most common type of pump in use today is probably the gear pump, which moves fluids through an enclosed gear mechanism. Gear pumps are used in most oil and gas production operations. Another common type of pump is the diaphragm pump, which uses a flexible membrane as its piston and is more energy-efficient than gear pumps. Diaphragm pumps are found chiefly on industrial sites these days.
4. What to look for when choosing a supplier?
With so many suppliers out there, how does one go about choosing the right supplier? Below is a list of 10 criteria that should be used to determine who you will use as your supplier.
1) Product quality – Always remember that your buyers expect a high-quality product and will not use a low-quality part from a supplier they have never heard of. Remember it is up to you to monitor the quality of those parts, so make sure you buy replacements for those suppliers as soon as possible if there are any problems with their products.
2) Responsiveness – Will the supplier pick up the phone or email when you need them? If they do not, then how will you be able to contact the supplier in an emergency? Make sure that any supplier you partner with has a high responsiveness level.
3) Competitiveness of price – This is where knowledge of all your suppliers is critical. What are other suppliers offering? Make sure that you choose a supplier who offers quality at competitive price levels. If there is no margin in part, then it does not matter what you buy them for, so it might be worth looking at their product if they are offering low prices.
4) Customer service – Is customer support good enough for your company? Do they get back to you when they say they would, or do they make you wait? Ensure the supplier has good customer service and is easy to work with before signing a contract.
5) Delivery time – This should be no more than 5 days and ideally 1 day. If it takes longer than 1 day, then this could be a problem.
6) Location – The supplier should be close to where you are located. If they need to ship the product from halfway around the world, then it will add extra time and money to your costs which you do not want. If they are out of state or country, then make sure that there is no import tax on the product, and it also does not take too long for you to get there.
7) Terms – Will they offer credit terms? If so, how much and what period do they offer? Ensure that any supplier offers good credit terms, as this will more than likely help your cash flow situation.
8) Personal relationship – You need to feel comfortable working with the supplier. Do they answer questions? Are you able to get in touch with them, or do they go into hiding once your order is placed?
9) Product range – Can the supplier deliver what you need? Can they produce all of the parts that make up the product/system if it is a complex order?
If they can, then this will be an added bonus to your company. If they can only supply you with one part of the process, then who does the rest?
10) Communication – You should know what is going on with your account at all times. Make sure that the supplier has reasonable communication procedures in place to update your account regularly.
So what do you look for in a supplier?
All of the above are important, but if you had to choose one, which would it be and why?
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