You've gone through the RFP Process, vetted suppliers, and finally firmed up the contract to the relationship official. From here on out, your contact with the supplier will be limited, reserved only for reordering and timely infrequent account status updates. Is that really the best way to approach your supplier relationships?
Having a strong and positive relationship with key suppliers is important to the success of your business. Beyond this, having strategic relationships with your suppliers opens your organization up for innovative new products, services, and processes, as well as new market expansion.