Supplier Search, the global, interactive supplier directory being unveiled this week on Plastics News On the Web, will facilitate electronic commerce for technically proficient and Web-wary plastics companies alike.
The venture, a partnership between Plastics News and San Francisco's SupplyBase LLC (see Page 7), brings a powerful new tool, free of charge, to Internet users worldwide looking to find a company that can provide exactly the capabilities they need, be it a particular plastics process, mold, resin, piece of equipment, or a specialized business service.
SupplyBase and its technical partners have built an impressive set of highly detailed templates that Supplier Search users can employ to whittle down and qualify potential business partners, using a sophisticated online search engine.
At the same time, SupplyBase will have multiple channels online, all leading to its centralized database of 15,000 companies. Each channel will have the name and design of leading trade publications, such as Plastics News, that serve a myriad of materials and end markets. That means that firms choosing to participate in the database by paying a modest, all-inclusive annual fee to profile their capabilities, stand to have their message seen by Web users who may have started their online search in any number of places.
By the time Plastics News rolls out its full Supplier Search service in early January, SupplyBase will have added a slick request-for-quote feature that allows users to complete a detailed RFQ form online and submit it simultaneously — and confidentially — to multiple firms in the database that met the user's various criteria. This will facilitate fast, apples-to-apples comparisons of quotes for anything from the simplest to very sophisticated jobs.
This matchmaking service promises to bring qualified potential customers anywhere in the world, quickly and electronically, to the doors of listed firms. But don't take our word for it — hear what others say about SupplyBase and its technology, which is the same used for its DeveloPages site that targets the product-development community.
Karen Bannan of PC Magazine wrote the following in its March 4, 1997, ``Developer's Site'' column: ``DeveloPages.com is a great place to go if you're creating almost anything. ... If your company designs, builds, manufactures, renders, sells, or markets, you can use DeveloPages as a great networking contact.''
Ben Riehl, president of GW Plastics Inc. in Bethel, Vt., said, ``DeveloPages has not only made it easier for us to let prospective customers know about our full range of injection molding services, it has helped us differentiate ourselves in the market.''
Supplier Search, accessible at http://www.plasticsnews.com, opens the door for Web users to find new, qualified suppliers and for plastics firms of all sizes and stripes to inexpensively exploit the marketing and commerce power of the Internet. Check it out.