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6 Things Start-Ups Should Consider when Choosing a Sales/Distribution Partner.



Having a great distribution partner can make or break a start-up. Start-ups should look for a distribution partner with a strong market presence and established relationships in the industry. The partner should also have a track record of successfully launching and distributing similar products. Additionally, start-ups should look for a partner aligned with their company culture and values and can provide valuable resources and support, such as sales and marketing expertise and access to their network.

  1. Market presence and industry relationships: A strong distribution partner will have a well-established market presence and established relationships within the industry. This can include relationships with retailers, distributors, and other key players in the market. This can help a start-up gain access to new customers and markets.

  2. Track record of success: A distribution partner with a proven track record of successfully launching and distributing similar products can provide valuable expertise and experience to a start-up. This can help the start-up navigate the market and avoid common pitfalls.

  3. Company culture and values alignment: A distribution partner that shares similar values and culture with the start-up can create a more harmonious and productive working relationship. A distribution partner that understands the start-up's mission and goals can also be more effective at communicating and promoting the product to potential customers.

  4. Resources and support: A distribution partner should be able to provide valuable resources and support, such as sales and marketing expertise and access to their network. This can help the start-up reach new customers and expand its market presence.

  5. Financial stability and long-term commitment: A distribution partner should be financially stable and able to make long-term commitments. This can provide the start-up with the security and support it needs to grow and develop its business.

  6. Product portfolio and target market alignment: A distributor with a product portfolio that aligns with the start-up's product and target market is more likely to sell the product to their existing customers successfully.

Final Thoughts

It is also essential that the distribution partner is financially stable and able to make long-term commitments. And lastly, the start-up's product must align with the distributor's product portfolio and target market.

 

About the Author

Adam Ryan is a Professor of Practice (Adjunct Professor) at Monash University and is a principal at Watkins Bay. He has over twenty years of start-up experience in Australia and the USA. An expert in Company Structuring for Innovation, Go-To-Market & Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital for early and growth stage businesses.


 

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