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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Window Blinds & Shades
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for Window Blinds & Shades?

What is the average price of Window Blinds & Shades?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Window Blinds & Shades. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Window Blinds & Shades been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Window Blinds & Shades yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Window Blinds & Shades?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Window Blinds & Shades with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

The window blind and shade market has a number of retailers and wholesalers, but manufacturers, such as Hunter Douglas NV and Springs Window Fashions LLC, have traditionally dominated the market. ProcurementIQ estimates that there are more than 41,500 companies offering window treatment products in the United States in 2019, with... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?

Regulation

How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Shipping

Can you provide a list of your distribution facilities' locations, domestically and internationally?

What are your shipping rates? Do these rates vary if I need products shipped to more than one location?

Do you partner with other suppliers to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery? If so, with whom do you partner with and how long have you been working together?

Do you allow the usage of a client's personal shipping, transportation or delivery method?

Competition

What sets your product apart from your competitors?

Do you offer any value-added products or services that your competitors do not?

How much money do you spend on marketing to stand out from the competition?

Do you typically honor competitors' pricing deals or promotions?

Business Relationships

How sensitive is your company to price changes of key inputs?

Have you faced problems with your supply chain in the past? How did you overcome these issues?

How often do you evaluate your supply chain vendors' prices to ensure they are still competitive?

Do you have alternate suppliers? If so, who are they? How often do you have to use nonpreferred suppliers?

Experience

How long have you served operators in my industry?

What are some similar clients you have supplied, along with dates and supply period?

Will you help design and build customized products?

Could you provide a list of client references, along with contact information?

Globalization

Has import penetration adversely affected your operations? If so, how?

What incentive would I have in choosing your product over an imported product? What sets your product line apart from your foreign competitors?

How has the fluctuating value of the US dollar affected your foreign customers?

Do you import your raw materials or source them from domestic suppliers?

Product Lines

Do you offer any complementary products or services with the purchase of this product? If so, what are they?

What additional products or services do you offer separate from the purchase of this equipment?

Other than your referral, are there any other incentives for me to use your preferred installer?

What type of discounts do you offer for specific types or brands?

What type of samples do you offer?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should explicitly state the amount for the award.

Buyers should explain the schedule with which payments will be made.

For assistance in ascertaining a reasonable price and price range for window treatments, buyers can consult the Benchmark Price section of this report.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should look for suppliers with experience, which is one of many indicators of product quality.

Buyers should ask for a list of references from current and former customers.

Buyers should give preference to local suppliers because it will cut down costs related to delivery, and using a local supplier will simplify communication.

For a detailed list of key selection criteria, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers should communicate to prospective suppliers when award information results will be provided.

Buyers need to provide due dates for any installation and other maintenance work.

Buyers should provide general expectations with regard to response time and customer service.

Buyers should list the expected start and finish dates once a prospective supplier is chosen.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

This market's supply chain has been carrying a moderate level of risk during the past three years. Window blind and shade vendors can source their primary inputs from a wide range of manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, which allows for competitive pricing along the supply chain. Moreover, manufacturers can get some... Subscribe to learn more.

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