How it Works
Fullarton is a member driven buying group. We believe in involving and listening to our Members. Members choose which Suppliers are the best for them and the Group. Members don’t shy away from making the decisions that make them successful. Fullarton is the vehicle that helps them do what can only be achieved by working together.
Each Member, when accepted into Fullarton, is assigned a unique Member Number. Members continue to place orders directly with their suppliers, in the same manner they have always ordered. This may include phone, fax, the Supplier’s website or, EDI purchase orders. The Fullarton office will advise Suppliers of the Member’s unique Fullarton Member Number for the Member’s ordering location (this will be included in every Supplier document). When Members place their first order with a Fullarton Supplier, they simply confirm the Supplier has correctly registered their Fullarton Member Number and continue normally.
Each Fullarton Member is set up with their own, secure, cloud-based Document Centre portal that allows for secure access to all documents from the Fullarton Group. Documents including any invoices, credit notes, statements of outstanding invoices and remittance advices listing the invoices paid by completed electronic bank transfers. Our EDI platform is a patented software platform from the world’s leading buying group technology partner, LBMX Inc., and is the number one central billing platform used by buying groups worldwide.
Supplier Selection Process
Fullarton’s unique negotiation process is based on the firmly held belief that Members, being well established independent distributors, know how to choose the “best” suppliers for their businesses. Suppliers are recruited by Fullarton after being recommended by their Members and are asked to present a program to Members during one of Fullarton’s Supplier Selection Meetings. Suppliers are selected by the committee on what they view as best fits for all Fullarton Members.
Supplier Program Negotiations
Every Fullarton Supplier Partner establishes a set of standard payment terms and a rebate program that they will offer to all Fullarton Members on their purchases. These terms are exclusive to Members and the details of the programs are never shared outside the Group.