Supplier is one term used to describe external organisations that deliver services or goods to a buyer. Other terms in common use include vendor, service provider and contractor. In some contexts the word ‘supplier’ denotes a company that supplies materials, while the word ‘contractor’ is used for providers of services.

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With over 800 Procurement specific terms (and growing) you will find everything you need to know or thought you knew about the Procurement function. Our aim is to provide you with a comprehensive list collated from the Comprara Groups hub of training and consulting source materials.The Procurement Glossary has been compiled by industry expert Paul Rogers.