Retail buyers need to think individually and act collectively in their e-negotiations.

August 3rd, 2010

The art of negotiation is just that an art. In order to be successful at it one requires the skill to convince all parties in the negotiation that each has something to gain.

This is as true for e-negotiation events as it is for personal negotiations. The question is how the tools you are using allow you the flexibility to do so.

I was reading an article in the USA TODAY on Friday July 30th by Jillian Berman titled “Negotiate your way to savings”.  The lead in was Cable TV, cell phone bills are ripe for cutting. This author would add the following; so is everything else.

So what is a negotiation? According to Wikipedia, negotiation is a dialogue intended to resolve disputes, to produce an agreement upon courses of action, to bargain for individual or collective advantage, or to craft outcomes to satisfy various interests. It is the primary method of alternative dispute resolution.

In terms of our discussion and the article we are talking about pricing and services. The article goes on to suggest what they call tenacious bargainers tips. Two of the tips are; don’t be afraid to complain and negotiate away extra fees up front.

Retail buyers need to do the same and the ability to think individually and act collectively when they develop the specifications and rules of their e-negotiation events. What would you ask for if you were buying this product or service for yourself and then be just as aggressive when it comes to your department and company?

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