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Old 21st April 2006, 01:39 PM
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Question Supplier vs. Vendor - What is the difference?

what is the difference between a supplier and a vendor

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No difference. Sometime in the relatively recent past it became fashionable to say "supplier" rather than "vendor."

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I have always considered "supplier" a general term to refer to vendors, manufacturers and contract manufacturers.

Vendors - someone who sells products manufactured by someone else.
Manufacturers - someone who makes and may or may not sell their own product
Contract Manufacturer - someone who makes someone else’s product.
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Vendors - someone who sells products manufactured by someone else.
To "vend" is to sell, and the definition makes no distinctions as to where the thing sold comes from.

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Manufacturers - someone who makes and may or may not sell their own product
If they don't sell what they make, what do they do with it?

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Contract Manufacturer - someone who makes someone else’s product.
AKA "job shop." Job shops that make products are also manufacturers and vendors.

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Also see this definition thread: Supplier - Definition of supplier

Supplier in the Wiki.

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Back in the early 90s I spent several hours in a meeting where two managers argued which of these two words we should use in our procedures. I did not care - I just wanted a decision so I could move on.

I did just do a search at dictionary.com and it came up with a somewhat disturbing list of synonyms:

1 entry found for supplier.
Main Entry: drug dealer
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: person who sells illegal narcotics
Synonyms: bagman, candy man, connection, dealer, dope peddler, dope pusher, drug peddler, drug seller, drug supplier, drug trafficker, man, pusher, source
Source: Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.1.1)
Copyright © 2006 by Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

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This is what a got when I went to the same website
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n : someone whose business is to supply a particular service or commodity
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No difference as far as I am concerned.

Politically Correct: "Supplier" sounds a little better then Vendor.


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