Prospective Suppliers

Qualification | Minimum Requirements

Prospective suppliers must meet certain minimum qualification requirements. These requirements may vary by product and service type; however the common elements are listed below.

Financial Stability

AT&T usually reviews credit and financial reports, in the process of determining if a potential supplier has a good enough credit rating and is financially stable.

Established Business

Potential suppliers should be in business for at least a year and have other satisfied customers.

Insurance Requirements

Potential suppliers must have full insurance coverage compatible with the risks of their business. AT&T determines the insurance coverage required by our contracts.

US Federal Taxpayer ID or Country equivalent Taxpayer Identification

Potential suppliers must provide this number to AT&T.

Quality Standards

Suppliers must provide high quality products and equipment that are fully warranted. Suppliers must perform services professionally and to AT&T's satisfaction.

Legal Title

Suppliers must have legal and marketable title to all products they supply.

Delivery Schedules

It is critical that suppliers make on time delivery to AT&T warehouses, job-sites or other locations.

Competitive Pricing

Suppliers must offer prices for their products and services, which are competitive within the industry. AT&T expects pricing and any discounts to be equal to, or better than, that given to other customers with a comparable volume of business.

Tax Payments

Suppliers are responsible for collecting and paying appropriate sales tax to proper agencies.

Qualification | On-going Business Requirements

For suppliers to be awarded continuing business, AT&T has additional requirements, listed below.

Quality Program

In support of our best overall value goal, AT&T has adopted Supplier Quality programs based on the global telecommunications TL 9000 requirements & measurements and industry best practices. To meet our goals and client expectations, the products we purchase must be of the highest quality and reliability. AT&T's quality program includes rating many of our suppliers using a system of TL 9000 metrics used to track and improve performance.

Quality Control

AT&T believes that quality is built-in, not inspected into a product or service. Suppliers are expected to be able to demonstrate their quality control programs and should adopt methods such as statistical quality control to ensure delivery of high quality products and services.

Electronic Information

For products that are ordered in large volumes, suppliers should be capable of using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for receiving orders, confirming orders and invoicing. The products AT&T purchases in large volumes should have bar codes for inventory and tracking purposes.

Technical Improvement

Suppliers, particularly manufacturers, should have a research and development program to continually improve their products and incorporate new technology. These improvements make good business sense as well as ensuring we maximize our collective resources.

Cost Reduction

AT&T will work with chosen suppliers to reduce their costs. We expect such cost reductions to be reflected in reduced prices.

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