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B2B Connex presenting at the annual OIPMAC Conference Oct 23

Procurement professionals that belong to the Purchasing Management Association of Canada will be attending a show October 22-23 2010 Beyond 2010: The Future of SCM located in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

David Kuehner, President of B2B Connex has been selected to discuss hidden savings in your supply chain.

Many people consider purchasing to be an overhead expense. However, the automation of your purchasing processes can have a big impact on costs, cycle times, and the accuracy of price data. There are several ways that manual processing can add to your overall costs. Inaccurate pricing can cause invoice match problems, incorrect delivery dates can cause maintenance scheduling problems, rekeying RFQ data can introduce errors in your vendor data that will cause recurring purchase order change requests until the data is corrected. One way to solve these, and other problems, is to implement a “2-way” vendor communication process that will control the distribution of Purchase Orders, RFQs, and other purchasing documents to your vendors, as well as to control the communication of price, delivery, and other critical information from your suppliers back to you.

Registration for the event is relatively inexpensive and is still open to those that are interested in meeting B2B Connex and learning more about achieving savings within purchasing.

What savings have you been able to extract from your supply chain?

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Top 10 B2B Supplier Collaboration Portal Features

1. Include attachments with a PO sent/received via the supplier collaboration portal. Attachments may include specifications, check lists, diagrams, etc. These attachments may be in the form of a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, JPG, BMP, VSD, etc.

2. Include add-on information with a PO sent through the supplier collaboration portal (e.g. FOB information). This feature is of particular importance with material purchases.

3. Vendor to confirm/acknowledge a PO through a supplier collaboration portal, resulting in a subsequent update to the ERP PO to indicate it was confirmed by the supplier.

4. Vendor to suggest changes to a PO through a supplier collaboration portal. Critical changes include Price, Quantity and Delivery date, Terms and Conditions.

5. Vendor to easily review the orders sent to them and the Purchase Order processing status (e.g. Changes accepted, under review, cancellation, etc.)

6. Easily review the orders being managed via the supplier collaboration portal, and the Purchase Order processing status (e.g. Changes accepted, under review, cancellation, etc.).

7. Accept PO changes proposed by the Supplier, resulting in the creation of an ERP PO Change Order to facilitate PO updating.

8. Reject PO changes proposed by the Supplier.

9. Buyer and the supplier to negotiate PO changes via the supplier collaboration portal until such time as the buyer accepts (most important) or rejects them.

10. Audit trail of accepted and rejected changes be maintained to provide tracking of all communications between Buyer and the Supplier. It is also desirable for proposed changes to be tracked

Are there features missing on this list that you would include? Please feel free to comment and provide your suggestions

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B2B Connex – Providing efficient purchasing processes for buyers and suppliers

The following describes a typical purchasing scenario between buyer and supplier with the B2B Connex Supplier Portal

1. The supplier is notified by e-mail

Purchase Order Email Notification
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2. The supplier easily navigates from the e-mail to the B2B Connex Supplier Portal application

3. The supplier views the new PO and decides on the appropriate action

B2B Connex Purchase Order
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4. The supplier may request negotiable changes as required. Negotiations can be completed on a price, quantity and delivery date

5. The buyer sees the supplier’s response on a work-list

B2B Connex Purchase Order List
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6. The buyer views the request for a change

7. The buyer acts on the request, and accepts/rejects the change

Buyer Accepts Purchase Order Change
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8. The purchase order change is sent back to ERP from the Portal

The B2B Connex solution provides a simple and easy to use supplier portal to help facilitate a 2 way negotiation between a supplier and a buyer. The solution provides everything a buyer needs to communicate with suppliers while removing:
– paperwork
– faxing
– telephone calls
– confusion
– re-keying

Additionally, the B2B Connex supplier portal provides a process for tracking PO fulfillment and an audit trail of activity, available for reporting.

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Strategic Sourcing – Top 5 features for a supplier portal

Thanks to the PurchasingB2B magazine for providing a recent article called “Bye-bye, busy work!”. The article provides details behind one of our customers experiences with the B2B Connex vendor portal.

You can find the article on the B2B Connex vendor portal here

During the writing of this article, B2B Connex will soon provide new functionality to help extend and support your supplier quality initiatives including the 8D process.

What to look for when researching a supplier portal solution:
1. Remove common barriers of communication like lost emails/phone calls
2. Provide robust reporting and supplier metrics
3. Allow all suppliers to collaborate in a easy to use interface without the need to update supplier infrastructure
4. Provide the ability to negotiate on delivery dates, and price if required
5. Remove processes that don’t add value, such as trading purchase orders

Have you reviewed your purchasing and quality processes? What parts of the process would you like automated?

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