"Worst Mistake" This Restauranteur Ever Made
One article posted on the restaurant wall listed this tidbit:
Worst business decision
“Too many times, I've gone with the lowest bidder.”
It seems that the chef has learned, on his own, a lesson that Dr. Deming used to preach all the time: don't choose a supplier based on price alone. It's often true that you get what you pay for and the cheapest might provide such poor quality that it harms your business or ends up raising overall costs.
Let's say that you buy cheap produce, but the quality is so poor that you have to spend time sorting the produce (taking up time and increasing costs) and throwing away half of it — this increases the effective “cost per good strawberry” for example.
It's better to consider value and quality — not just the unit cost of an item, whether you're buying food ingredients for a restaurant, hiring subcontactors for a business, or purchasing airplane components.
Is this a lesson you've learned the hard way in your own business or in your personal life?