Bidding Web App for Machine Parts Seekers and Suppliers
Industrial Machine Parts USA
Understanding your business needs, one solution at a time.
Manual Bidding Process
High Turnaround time
Defining The Problem
We have an itch to do deep research about the problem.
The client identified a pain point in the Machine Parts Supplier market in the USA.
Industrial machine manufacturers faced a lengthy process of identifying, contacting, and obtaining personalized quotes from suppliers.
Suppliers took their time to send quotations, and there was no standard format for quotes.
Customers had to manually compare quotations, making the process even more challenging.
Standard Quotation Format
Understanding The Need
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The client wanted to develop an online platform that would allow customers to search for Machine Part suppliers and request quotations.
A bidding platform for suppliers was required to analyze and submit quotes.
The client intended to establish a commission-based business model to earn from each transaction.
A priority-based bidding process was needed for repeat customers.
What Zealous Proposed ?
Research. Understood. Proposed.
Single Intermediate Platform
Instead of creating multiple systems, we proposed a single intermediate platform that would serve both customers and suppliers.
Platform users can be a customer or supplier and based on that, customers can request quotes and suppliers can bid on the quote requests made from the customers.
Payment Intermediary system
Instead of forming a direct transaction between customer and supplier, all the payments by would be first made on the platform and then later distributed to the suppliers.
A senior business analyst and a project manager were dedicated to understand the client requirements.
Based on the various meetings with clients, a detailed scope document was prepared.
Our technical experts designed the UX and based on that entire backend of the system was developed.
Our best designers were assigned on the project and engaging UI was prepared of the system.
Once the whole system was developed and tested, it was then deployed and hosted on the client’s server.
The fight was tough but so fun to crack!
In order to ensure the platform's security, it was decided that customer and supplier names and information would not be revealed until a quotation was finalized by the customer. However, this posed the biggest challenge in determining the payment flow for the transaction. Additionally, since suppliers were unaware of the customer's identity, it was crucial for them to trust the platform when bidding for a customer's quote.
To address these issues, Zealous proposed a solution where customers would first make complete payment to the platform.
Payment to the supplier would be transferred by the platform after the transaction was completed.
The platform would deduct its fee from the transaction.
This approach ensured security and established trust between customers and suppliers.
What We Delivered
From nothing to a star!
The customers can use the platform to request quotes from different suppliers.
The suppliers can analyse the quote and bid on the quote with their best offers.
The platform allowed customers to easily review and compare all the bids that were made by the suppliers.
Customers do not have to pay any subscription amount for using the system.
Customers must upload supporting documents while requesting for a quote.
Award or Reject Quotes
Customer will have an option to award or reject the quotes which are given by the shops.
Both customer and shop will be able to re-order the order which they have made in the past from this system.
If a shop fails to submit a quotation consecutively 10 times, then the system will automatically remove that shop from the system.
If the customer approves or rejects the bid, then the shop will be notified.
The system must verify all the documents which are uploaded such as ISO and other certificates.
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