What happens if someone does not follow a vendor agreement?

| Jul 9, 2021 | Business Law |

As a business owner in Arizona, you will enter into many vendor agreements that will determine how you and another party agree to an exchange of goods and services for compensation. The number of goods or services and their prices will all be agreed upon and put into writing. This will prevent any confusion and help avoid disputes in the future.

What is a breach of contract?

A breach of contract is a violation of any of the agreed-upon terms and conditions of a binding contract, or in this case, vendor agreement.

The breach could be anything from a late or missed payment or a failure to deliver a good or service.  A well-written vendor agreement should have a clause that discusses whether they can fix the breach. This is what is known as a cure.

A good vendor agreement will include details about what qualifies as a breach, a cure, and an indemnity. It will also allow one party to opt out of the vendor agreement if the breach is significant.

Also, the vendor agreement should include terms for how to settle disagreements. This would include details of how arbitration is to be used as a means of negotiating a settlement rather than litigation.

What else should be included in a vendor agreement?

A few things that should be included and defined in a vendor agreement include:

  • The scope of the services or product: The contract must convey what exactly the vendor will be doing for your business.
  • Contract length and duration: You should state how long the vendor will provide you with their services or goods and what the process is to renew the agreement.
  • How to end the contract: You should always include exit clauses.

These three things combined with the prices, amounts, and how to settle breaches and disagreements, are all things to include in a good vendor agreement.

You should always have any of your vendor agreements reviewed to make sure you are protected in the event of a breach of contract.