Deutsch: Lieferant / Español: Tipos de proveedores / Português: Fornecedor / Français: Fournisseur / Italiano: Fornitore

In a supply chain, a vendor, or a seller, is an enterprise that contributes goods or services. Generally, a supply chain vendor manufactures inventory/stock items and sells them to the next link in the chain. Today, the terms refers to a supplier of any good or service.

In the industrial context, a vendor is a company or individual that supplies goods or services to another company. Vendors can be manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, or service providers. Here are some examples of industries and applications where vendors are commonly used:

  1. Manufacturing industry: Manufacturers often rely on vendors to supply raw materials, components, and equipment needed for production.

  2. Information technology industry: Companies in the IT industry often rely on vendors to supply hardware, software, and other technology products and services.

  3. Construction industry: Construction companies often rely on vendors to supply materials, tools, and equipment needed for building projects.

  4. Healthcare industry: Healthcare providers often rely on vendors to supply medical equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals.

Similar concepts in the industrial context include:

  1. Supplier: A supplier is another term for a vendor and refers to a company or individual that supplies goods or services to another company.

  2. Distributor: A distributor is a company that buys products from manufacturers or wholesalers and resells them to retailers or end-users.

  3. Reseller: A reseller is a company that buys products from manufacturers, wholesalers, or distributors and resells them to end-users.

  4. Service provider: A service provider is a company that provides services, such as consulting, maintenance, or support, to other companies.

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