Stand Alone Agreements


At present, the terms and conditions of my company`s framework contracts are intended to be complete, but those of our stand-alone orders are shorter. One of the main reasons for this is that the inclusion of general conditions in an order imposes requirements on the supplier. As the terms and conditions of our stand-alone POs have not been negotiated in advance with the supplier, they are a source of delay, as the supplier must read them and can then object to one or more of the terms and conditions. And the longer the terms and conditions, the greater the likelihood of a delay and the greater the risk that the supplier will decide not to want to conclude the agreement given the choice of additional unilateral words. Sometimes we have to negotiate; In other cases, we agree with the supplier that we resolve disputes in accordance with the Single Commercial Code. The hierarchical type of contract indicates its role within a hierarchy. At present, a stand-alone contract is not subject to a hierarchy, although it can be amended into a framework contract or a sub-agreement. In contrast, Acme and BetaCo choose to purchase Acme widgets from BetaCo with standalone POs. Acme orders 1,000 widgets for 10,000 $US with an order that contains the same terms and conditions as in the master contract with AlphaCo. The abandoned order to BetaCo is worth 1% of the expected purchase value under the framework agreement with AlphaCo. I can understand that the same terms and conditions apply to purchases under a framework contract and to purchases under individual orders: their concerns as buyers are the same in both contexts. When a stand-alone contract is added to a contractual hierarchy as a sub-agreement, all pre-release orders or cross-invoice amounts are accumulated in the higher agreement, as long as the battery settings are so settled in the contracts. Our agreements are designed for flexibility to help you increase your uptime, improve productivity and streamline your processes.

Each contractual hierarchy begins with a single framework contract. This is the main element of the first level of sub-admissions in its hierarchy. A sub-agreement always has a higher agreement on this subject directly in the hierarchy, but may itself be a higher element than one or more sub-agreements, including in the hierarchy. Ariba Contract Compliance allows users to organize related contracts into individual agreement hierarchies. There is a framework contract at the top of each hierarchy. BetaCo`s transaction costs may well be lower than Alphaco`s: in the event of a one-time transaction, the stakes are not so high, so BetaCo may be quite willing to accept certain terms and conditions without haggling. . . .