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How Sourcing Supports Change Among Stakeholders and Suppliers

Did you know that a mere 29 percent of procurement organizations are viewed as valued business partners? It’s true: 71 percent of procurement organizations are still working towards being a valued resource to the business.¹ With the majority of organizations focusing on business impact, we reached out to one of Scout RFP’s first five customers,… read more

Customer Success Tip: Introductory Email to Suppliers

No meeting should ever be scheduled without an agenda, and no RFP invitation should be sent without an introduction. Luckily, Scout makes this a seamless part of the process with our Introductory Email! When to Send The exact timing depends on the complexity of the buy, the relationship with the supply base, and strategic importance… read more

Six Steps to Stakeholder Advocates

It’s no secret that high-performance sourcing and procurement teams drive bottom-line business impact that benefits the entire enterprise. However, many organizations are still stuck in the rut of purely tactical procurement. While the sourcing and procurement is certainly poised to expertly negotiate a deal, the team is capable of bringing so much more to the enterprise. So,… read more

Customer Success Tip: Request Documents from Suppliers

This week’s Customer Success Tip is all about documents — namely, how to request them from suppliers. Use Scout to ask suppliers to upload signed contracts, product information, or proof of insurance to their bid. Scout will then save documents, making them easily accessible and exportable. Let’s take a closer look. Request Documents from Suppliers When building an… read more

Customer Success Tip: Invite Suppliers to Events

Last week, we introduced you to our new Supplier Directory. This week, we’re going to show you how to put it to good use by inviting suppliers to events. (Note: If you have a long list of suppliers, save yourself some time and Bulk Import that list into your Scout Supplier Database ahead of time so you… read more

Customer Success Tip: Message Center (for Suppliers)

Do you need to ask the buyer questions? Maybe you want to clarify submission requirements, or better understand what they are looking for on a Worksheet? The Message Center enables you to ask questions of the buyer and view Q&As that other suppliers on the event have asked! What is the Message Center? Each event (i.e. RFP,… read more

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Introduction Email for Suppliers

No meeting should ever be scheduled without an agenda, and no RFP invitation should be sent without an introduction. Luckily, Scout makes this a seamless part of the process with our new Introduction Email.   When to Send: The exact timing depends on the complexity of the buy, the relationship with the supply base and… read more

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Product Update: Team Chat

As a former category manager, I know there is nothing more important than the support of your internal stakeholders. This can lead to your success or failure.  We’ve built the Scout platform with better stakeholder engagement as a core value. We encourage sourcing teams to add stakeholders early and often. This improves collaboration and transparency… read more