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SAMPLE NONEXCLUSIVE SALES REPRESENTATIVE AGREEMENT
This nonexclusive sales representative agreement is between
The Company is engaged in the marketing and sale of the Company products listed on Exhibit A (the "Products").
The Company wishes to engage the Representative as its independent nonexclusive sales representative of the Products in those territories identified on Exhibit B (collectively, the "Territory") and the Representative wishes to market and sell the Products as described in this agreement.
The parties therefore agree as follows:
1. ENGAGEMENT; SERVICES.
- (a) Engagement. The Company retains the Representative to provide, and the Representative shall provide, the services described in subsection (b) below (collectively, the "Services").
- (b) Services. The Representative shall:
- (i) serve as the Company's nonexclusive sales representative to sell and promote the Products;
- (ii) use its best efforts to introduce, promote the sale of, solicit, and obtain new and additional orders for the Products from existing and potential customers in the Territory;
- (iii) timely deliver the Products to the customers after the company has accepted the purchase orders;
- (iv) accurately represent and state Company policies to all potential and present customers;
- (v) assist in finalizing agreements and purchase orders with each customer;
- (vi) provide assistance to the Company in promotional activities in the Territory;
- (vii) devote as much productive time, energy, and ability to the performance of its duties under this agreement as may be necessary to sell and promote the sale of the Products in the Territory in a timely and productive manner;
- (viii) provide and maintain, at its own expense, a competent and adequately trained, skilled,and motivated sales organization for the solicitation and sale of Products to customers;
- (ix) provide reasonable "after sale" support to buyers of the Products;
- (x) promptly inform the Company of all sales and orders;
- (xi) maintain contact with the Company via telephone, e-mail, or other agreed on means of communication with reasonable frequency to discuss sales activity within the Territory;
- (xii) provide
weekly monthlyreports of sales of the Products to the Company;
- (xiii) disclose any problems concerning customers (including Existing Customers) to the Company; and
- (xiv) perform such other sales-related services with respect to the customers as the Company may reasonably require.
- (c) Company's Obligations. The Company shall:
- (i) determine all prices and terms of sale for the Products;
- (ii) provide the Representative with copies of its current price lists, delivery schedules, and standard terms and conditions of sale, and update those documents regularly;
- (iii) notify the Representative of any changes to its procedures affecting the Representative's obligations under this agreement at least 30 days before implementing those changes;
- (iv) provide the Representative, at no cost, materials relating to the Products for use in selling and marketing the Products;
- (v) prepare samples for potential customers, as reasonably requested by the Representative, if the Representative has provided the Company with sufficient notice of this request;
- (vi) provide the Representative with current information as to improvements, upgrades, or other changes in the Products; and
- (vii) make timely payments of amounts earned under this agreement.
2. TERM AND TERMINATION.
- (a) Term. This agreement will become effective as described in section
and continue for an initial term of year(s) (the "Term"). Unless either party gives written notice to the other at at least days before the end of the Term, this agreement will renew automatically for an additional -year term. This automatic extension will continue to apply at the end of each extended period until the agreement is terminated.
- (b) Termination. This agreement may be terminated:
- (i) by either party on provision of
days' written notice to the other party, with or without cause;
- (ii) by either party for a material breach of any provision of this agreement by the other party, if the other party's material breach is not cured within
days of receipt of written notice of the breach; or
- (iii) by the Company at any time and without prior notice, if the Representative
is convicted of any crime or offense,fails or refuses to comply with the written policies or reasonable directives of the Representative, or is guilty of serious misconduct in connection with performance under this agreement . ; or (iv) automatically, on the death of the Representative.
- (i) by either party on provision of
- (c) Effect of Termination. After the termination of this agreement for any reason, the Company shall promptly pay the Representative for Services rendered before the effective date of the termination. However, the Company will not pay the Representative if (i) prohibited under applicable government law, regulation, or policy, or (ii) if the Representative is guilty of serious misconduct in connection with performance under this agreement.
- (a) Commissions. The Representative shall be entitled to receive a commission on sales of the Products in the Territory to customers, which sales were made substantially through the efforts of the Representative during the Term. Commissions shall be payable as follows:
% of the Net Amount (as defined below) charged by the Company for orders of the Products placed through the Representative (other than to Existing Customers and their affiliates); and
% of the total Net Amount charged by the Company for orders of products other than Products listed in Exhibit A placed through the Representative.
- "Net Amount" means the sales price of the sold Product as listed on the invoice, less charges for handling, freight, sales, use, value added, or similar taxes, import or export taxes or levies taxes, C.O.D. charges, insurance, customs duties, trade discounts, and any other governmental or administrative fees or charges.
- (b) Timing of Payment. The Company shall forward the commissions to the Representative within
days of the Company's receipt of payment from the customer, and the commission will be based on the amounts actually received. For example, if payments from a customer to the Company will be made in installments, payments to the Representative by the Company will also be made in installments.
- (c) Offsets and Charge-Backs. In calculating the commission that is due to the Representative, the Company may offset any credits, cancellations, refunds, allowances, and returns to or by customers of revenues on which the Representative has already been paid commissions under this agreement. However, the offset for any customer may not exceed the sales price of that customer's returned, cancelled, or otherwise credited products.
- (d) No Commissions in Certain Circumstances. No commission shall be payable to the Representative under any of the following circumstances:
- (i) if prohibited under applicable government law, regulation, or policy;
- (ii) if the Representative did not directly facilitate the sale of the Products to a customer;
- (iii) if the sale was made to customers that are directly or indirectly owned by or under common ownership with the Representative;
- (iv) for any sales outside of the Territory, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company;
- (v) for any sales to Existing Customers, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company; or
- (vi) for any sale of Products to a customer occurring after the expiration or termination of the Term unless:
- A. the sale takes place within
days after the termination of this agreement; and
- B. the sale is the direct result of the Representative's sales efforts before the termination.
- A. the sale takes place within
- (e) No Other Compensation. The compensation set out above will be the Representative's sole compensation under this agreement.
- (f) Expenses. Any ordinary and necessary expenses incurred by the Representative or its staff in the performance of this agreement will be the Representative's sole responsibility.
- (g) Taxes. The Representative is solely responsible for the payment of all income, social security, employment-related, or other taxes incurred as a result of the performance of the Services by the Representative under this agreement, and for all obligations, reports, and timely notifications relating to those taxes. The Company has no obligation to pay or withhold any sums for those taxes.
- (h) Other Benefits. The Representative has no claim against the Company under this agreement or otherwise for vacation pay, sick leave, retirement benefits, social security, worker's compensation, health or disability benefits, unemployment insurance benefits, or employee benefits of any kind.
4. NATURE OF RELATIONSHIP.
The relationship of the parties under this agreement is one of independent contractors, and no joint venture, partnership, agency, employer-employee, or similar relationship is created in or by this agreement. Neither party may assume or create obligations on the other party's behalf, and neither party may take any action that creates the appearance of such authority.
- (a) Representative Territory. During the Term, the Representative shall use its best efforts to sell the Products in the following geographical area (the "Territory"):
- (b) Company Rights. The Company is free to directly solicit, attempt, and complete sales of Products, or any products or services, in the Territory at any time.
- (c) Territory Reallocation. The Company may modify or limit the Territory with
days' written notice to the Representative.
- (a) Preferred Customers. The Representative's sales and promotional efforts shall be directed toward the following customers:
. These customers are only examples of the nature and type of market to which the Representative should sell the Products, and are not a limitation on sales that can be made by the Representative in the Territory.
- (b) Existing Customers. The Representative acknowledges that the Company has existing relationships with those customers listed in Exhibit B (the "Existing Customers"), and it will receive no compensation for sales made by the Representative to the Existing Customers.
- (a) Product List. The Company may amend the Product list identified in Exhibit A from time to time in its sole discretion with
days' advanced written notice to the Representative.
- (b) Discontinuance; Modification. In its discretion, the Company may:
- (i) discontinue or limit the manufacture or sale of any Product; or
- (ii) modify the design, specifications, or construction of any Product or part of a Product.
- The Company shall inform the Representative of any discontinuance or modification by providing
days' advanced written notice. When faced with limited stock, the Company may allocate, limit, or terminate the production and sale of Products in its sole discretion. The Company will incur no liability arising out of or related to the exercise of its rights under this section.
8. RECORDS; AUDITS.
- (a) Retention of Records. The Representative shall retain originals or copies of all quotations, orders, invoices, correspondence and other documents relating to Products sold under this agreement for a minimum of
year(s) after the termination of this agreement. During the Term and for year(s) after the termination of this agreement, the Company may (at its sole expense) and on days' notice examine and audit:
- (i) all records and accounts containing transaction and marketing data for the Products; and
- (ii) the Representative's inventory tracking and management systems.
- (b) Audit Results. If an audit under this section reveals that the Representative has not complied with this agreement, the Representative shall promptly cease and use its best efforts to remedy that noncompliance and the Company may terminate this agreement under section 2(b).
9. USE OF TRADEMARKS.
The Representative may use, reproduce, and distribute the Company's service marks, trademarks, and trade names (if any) (collectively, the "Company Marks") in connection with the performance of the Services. Any goodwill received from this use will accrue to the Company, which will remain the sole owner of the Company Marks. The Representative may not engage in activities or commit acts, directly or indirectly, that may contest, dispute, or otherwise impair the Company's interest in the Company Marks. The Representative may not cause diminishment of value of the Company Marks through any act or representation. The Representative may not apply for, acquire, or claim any interest in any Company Marks, or others that may be confusingly similar to any of them, through advertising or otherwise. At the expiration or earlier termination of this agreement, the Representative will have no further right to use the Company Marks, unless the Company provides written approval for each such use.
The Company warrants to the Representative that the Products will be free from material defects in materials and workmanship and will operate substantially in conformance with the Company's documentation for a period of
11. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.
- (a) Confidentiality. During the Term, the Representative may have access to or receive certain information of or about the Company that the Company designates as confidential or that, under the circumstances surrounding disclosure, ought to be treated as confidential by the Representative ("Confidential Information"). Confidential Information includes information relating to the Company or its current or proposed business, financial statements, budgets and projections, customer identifying information, potential and intended customers, employers, products, computer programs, specifications, manuals, software, analyses, strategies, marketing plans, business plans, and other confidential information, provided orally, in writing, by drawings, or by any other media. The Representative will treat the Confidential Information as confidential and will not disclose it to any third party or use it for any purpose but to fulfill its obligations in this agreement. In addition, the Representative shall use due care and diligence to prevent the unauthorized use or disclosure of such information.
- (b) Exceptions. The obligations and restrictions in subsection (a) do not apply to that part of the Confidential Information:
- (i) was or becomes publically available other than as a result of a disclosure by the Representative in violation of this agreement;
- (ii) was or becomes available to the Representative on a nonconfidential basis before its disclosure to the Representative by the Company, but only if:
- A. the source of such information is not bound by a confidentiality agreement with the Company or
- is not otherwise prohibited from transmitting the information to the Representative by a contractual,
- legal, fiduciary, or other obligation; and
- B. the Representative provides the Company with written notice of its prior possession either (1)
- before the effective date of this agreement or (2) if the Representative later becomes aware (through
- disclosure to the Representative) of any aspect of the Confidential Information as to which the
- Representative had prior possession, promptly on the Representative so becoming aware;
- (iii) is requested or legally compelled (by oral questions, interrogatories, requests for information or documents, subpoena, civil or criminal investigative demand, or similar processes), or is required by a regulatory body, to be disclosed. However, the Representative shall:
- A. provide the Company with prompt notice of these requests or requirements before making a
- disclosure so that the Company may seek an appropriate protective order or other appropriate
- remedy; and
- B. provide reasonable assistance to the Company in obtaining any protective order.
- If a protective order or other remedy is not obtained or the Company grants a waiver under this agreement, the Representative may furnish that portion (and only that portion) of the Confidential Information that, in the written opinion of counsel reasonably acceptable to the Company, the Representative is legally compelled or otherwise required to disclose. However, the Representative shall make reasonable efforts to obtain reliable assurance that confidential treatment will be accorded any part of the Confidential Information disclosed in this way; or
- (iv) was developed by the Representative independently without breach of this agreement.
- (c) Remedy. Money damages may not be a sufficient remedy for any breach of this section by the Representative and, in addition to all other remedies, the Company may seek (and may be entitled to) as a result of such breach, specific performance and injunctive or other equitable relief as a remedy.
12. CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
The Representative warrants to the Company that it does not currently represent or promote any lines or products that compete with the Products. During the Term, the Representative may not represent, promote, or otherwise try to sell in the Territory any lines or products that, in the Company's judgment, compete with the Products. The Representative shall provide the Company with a list of the companies and the products that it currently represents, and notify the Company in writing of any new companies or products when its promotion of those new companies and products begins.
13. OTHER ACTIVITIES.
During the Term, the Representative may engage in other independent contracting activities, except that the Representative may not accept work, enter into contracts, or accept obligations inconsistent or incompatible with the Representative's obligations or the scope of Services to be rendered for the Company under this agreement.
14. RETURN OF PROPERTY.
- (a) Of Representative by Company. At all times after the effective date of this agreement, the Company shall indemnify the Representative from all damages, liabilities, expenses, claims, or judgments (including interest, penalties, reasonable attorneys' fees, accounting fees, and expert witness fees) (collectively, the "Claims") that the Representative may incur and that arise from:
- (i) the Company's breach of its obligations or representations under this agreement; or
- (ii) the negligent, intentional, or other acts of the Company or its employees;
- (iii) defects or malfunctions of the Products; or
- (iv) the failure of the Company to provide any Products to a customer that has properly ordered through the Representative.
- However, the Company is not obligated to indemnify the Representative if any of these Claims result from the Representative's own actions or inactions.
- (b) Of Company by Representative. At all times after the effective date of this agreement, the Representative shall indemnify the Company and its officers, members, managers, employees, owners, and contractors (collectively, the "Company Indemnitees") from all damages, liabilities, expenses, claims, or judgments (including interest, penalties, reasonable attorneys' fees, accounting fees, and expert witness fees) (collectively, the "Claims") that any Company Indemnitee may incur and that arise from:
- (i) the Representative's negligence or willful misconduct arising from the Representative's carrying out of its obligations under this agreement;
- (ii) the Representative's breach of any of its obligations or representations under this agreement; or
- (iii) the Representative's breach of its express representation that it is an independent contractor and in compliance with all applicable laws related to work as an independent contractor. If a regulatory body or court of competent jurisdiction finds that the Representative is not an independent contractor or is not in compliance with applicable laws related to work as an independent contractor, based on the Representative's own actions, the Representative will assume full responsibility and liability for all taxes, assessments, and penalties imposed against the Representative or the Company resulting from that contrary interpretation, including taxes, assessments, and penalties that would have been deducted from the Representative's earnings if the Representative had been on the Company's payroll and employed as a Company employee.
16. FORCE MAJEURE.
A party will be not be considered in breach or in default because of, and will not be liable to the other party for, any delay or failure to perform its obligations under this agreement by reason of fire, earthquake, flood, explosion, strike, riot, war, terrorism, or similar event beyond that party's reasonable control (each a "Force Majeure Event"). However, if a Force Majeure Event occurs, the affected party shall, as soon as practicable:
- (a) notify the other party of the Force Majeure Event and its impact on performance under this agreement; and
- (b) use reasonable efforts to resolve any issues resulting from the Force Majeure Event and perform its obligations under this agreement.
17. GOVERNING LAW; ATTORNEYS' FEES.
- (a) Choice of Law. The laws of the state of
govern this agreement (without giving effect to its conflicts of law principles).
- (b) Choice of Forum. Both parties consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts in
No amendment to this agreement will be effective unless it is in writing and signed by a party or its authorized representative.
19. ASSIGNMENT AND DELEGATION.
- (a) No Assignment. Neither party may assign any of its rights under this agreement, except with the prior written consent of the other party. All voluntary assignments of rights are limited by this subsection.
- (b) No Delegation. Neither party may delegate any performance under this agreement, except with the prior written consent of the other party.
- (c) Enforceability of an Assignment or Delegation. If a purported assignment or purported delegation is made in violation of this section, it is void.
20. COUNTERPARTS; ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES.
- (a) Counterparts. The parties may execute this agreement in any number of counterparts, each of which is an original but all of which constitute one and the same instrument.
- (b) Electronic Signatures. This agreement, agreements ancillary to this agreement, and related documents entered into in connection with this agreement are signed when a party's signature is delivered by facsimile, email, or other electronic medium. These signatures must be treated in all respects as having the same force and effect as original signatures.
If any provision contained in this agreement is, for any reason, held to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable in any respect, that invalidity, illegality, or unenforceability will not affect any other provisions of this agreement, but this agreement will be construed as if the invalid, illegal, or unenforceable provisions had never been contained in it, unless the deletion of those provisions would result in such a material change so as to cause completion of the transactions contemplated by this agreement to be unreasonable.
- (a) Writing; Permitted Delivery Methods. Each party giving or making any notice, request, demand, or other communication required or permitted by this agreement shall give that notice in writing and use one of the following types of delivery, each of which is a writing for purposes of this agreement: personal delivery, mail (registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return-receipt requested), nationally recognized overnight courier (fees prepaid), facsimile, or email.
- (b) Addresses. A party shall address notices under this section to a party at the following addresses:
- If to the Company:
- If to the Representative:
- (c) Effectiveness. A notice is effective only if the party giving notice complies with subsections (a) and (b) and if the recipient receives the notice.
No waiver of a breach, failure of any condition, or any right or remedy contained in or granted by the provisions of this agreement will be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the party waiving the breach, failure, right, or remedy. No waiver of any breach, failure, right, or remedy will be deemed a waiver of any other breach, failure, right, or remedy, whether or not similar, and no waiver will constitute a continuing waiver, unless the writing so specifies.
24. ENTIRE AGREEMENT.
This agreement constitutes the final agreement of the parties. It is the complete and exclusive expression of the parties' agreement with respect to its subject matter. All prior and contemporaneous communications, negotiations, and agreements between the parties relating to the subject matter of this agreement are expressly merged into and superseded by this agreement. The provisions of this agreement may not be explained, supplemented, or qualified by evidence of trade usage or a prior course of dealings. Neither party was induced to enter this agreement by, and neither party is relying on, any statement, representation, warranty, or agreement of the other party except those set forth expressly in this agreement. Except as set forth expressly in this agreement, there are no conditions precedent to this agreement's effectiveness.
The descriptive headings of the sections and subsections of this agreement are for convenience only, and do not affect this agreement's construction or interpretation.
This agreement will become effective when all parties have signed it. The date this agreement is signed by the last party to sign it (as indicated by the date associated with that party's signature) will be deemed the date of this agreement.
27. NECESSARY ACTS; FURTHER ASSURANCES.
Each party shall use all reasonable efforts to take, or cause to be taken, all actions necessary or desirable to consummate and make effective the transactions this agreement contemplates or to evidence or carry out the intent and purposes of this agreement.
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Each party is signing this agreement on the date stated opposite that party's signature.
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