Slegel did need to convince others in his company that online purchasing was a good route to take. "My boss has been using many of the same suppliers for years and is friends with many of them," Slegel says. "I showed him SupplierOne and the bid for $6.95 the first time out, and he said it didn't hurt to try it. Now, he's agreeing to it because he's seeing how convenient it is."
Editor's Note: Carolyn Pye Sostrom is a freelance writer based in Scottsdale, Arizona.