By now, you've probably used some of the vendors I've provided in order to establish a D&B Paydex score, but have you re-used them lately? If not, you may not be getting the most bang for your buck. And worse yet, they may have already dropped off your report altogether.
Manually added payment history stays in your D&B report for 24-28 months, but history that flows in from auto-reporters can drop out of your report in half that time if you don't re-use the accounts at least once per year.
As you can see by the payment history shown below, I have an old $50 COD transaction that reported to my D&B file back in January of 2017.
Because that payment has reached its maturity (24 months) I can expect it to drop off my report soon. If I didn't have a sufficient number of vendors reporting to D&B, losing that one could have a negative impact on my Supplier Evaluation Risk rating. If that payment were larger and was also helping to prop up my Paydex or other scores, the result of losing it could affect my ability to achieve more credit.
Making a new purchase from your existing vendors once per year is good business, and for more reasons than you think. It helps to:
Keep your account open and in good standing
Provide an additional (bonus) boost to scores and ratings
Refresh old payments with new info for another two years