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There are a lot of things to be considered when deciding whether or not to open a bar. One of the most important things to think about is bar supplies. Take time to think about what equipment you need to successfully run one and who will supply those materials. The success or failure of any bar depends on the supply department as it runs on orders and purchases.
Picking the right supplier for your bar is a very important task. It mostly depends on where you are planning on setting up the bar. This is because laws governing alcohol consumption and distribution will differ as you move from city to city or state to state. Familiarize yourself with local laws and by laws as they may vary greatly from one place to another.
Getting the right supplier is not that hard because there are many companies. If you are up to date with the current trade publications on alcohol within your area of business, you will find many there. The yellow pages is also another convenient source of suppliers. Most dealers usually deal in a limited range of products so chances are that you will most likely need more than one supplier in order to get all the supplies you need.
Other than just looking for competitive prices, also look for good service from the company you hire. Flexibility and timeliness are major concerns that can give you a real headache. Situations arise where an emergency order has to be made or orders cancelled or changed at the last minute. Orders should be delivered on time and should be handled with care. Most bars use a lot of glass ware and if not handled with care, a lot of losses could be incurred as breakage.
Make a point of visiting the ware houses and offices of potential suppliers and see for yourself the kind of work they do. Get a feel of their operations and judge whether they meet your standards. See for yourself how they run their services and then go from there. Keep in mind that returning messed up orders is time consuming and expensive.
Look out for hidden costs and charges. Many companies have unreasonable charges imposed on clients, for example penalties imposed on bars that make minimum orders. Get the most reasonable partner you can find.
If you have gone through the list of local companies and found them wanting, you can also use an online firm. This option however will bring up other issues along with it that will have to be considered before a decision is made. Extra shipping costs will be incurred and there is always the possibility that you might be swindled. Also, inquire whether they have a return policy in case of wrong orders being delivered or breakage of brittle deliveries like glasses.
As far as bar supplies go, invoices are a part and parcel of every order made. Invoices are a kind of document that shows a list of the delivered goods, their respective costs and the total charges for all the items. Make sure you go through the invoice to make sure you are charged the quoted price.