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A Quick Quote is great for when users have an urgent enquiry.
There are two ways to raise a Quick Quote:
From a Product or Service Page.
Users can raise a Quick Quote or Request for Quotation for the product or service required directly on Applegate Marketplace using the ‘Buyer Tools’ function on the page.
From a Company Profile Page
If users are starting from a company profile or product page on Applegate, the request will just go exclusively to the company selected.
From the Applegate PRO Buyer Tools Page
When logged in to Applegate PRO, users are directed to the Applegate PRO Buyer Tools Page. From here you can raise a Quick Quote from scratch – enabling you request up to ten suppliers from the Applegate Sourcing Team.
Initiate an RFQ.
Initiating a Request for Quotation (RFQ)
The 'Initiate an RFQ' function allows users to raise a more structured quotation request that requires a more detailed response from the supplier. Users can choose up to 10 suppliers from their Applegate PRO favourites to receive the request and, again, users also have the opportunity to ask Applegate's Support Team to suggest suppliers that fit well with the user’s requirement.
As soon as the quotation request is saved to our database, a member of Applegate's Support Team will be tasked to analyse the requirement and identify the required number of suitable suppliers from the thousands of companies on the Applegate Supplier Network.
We aim to complete each sourcing assignment with one working day and, when complete, the system will email suggested suppliers and alert users that their invitation list has been updated.
The maximum number of suppliers that will ever be invited to respond to an RFQ is 12.
As with all Buyer Tools provisions, this service is completely free-of-charge.
As users navigate their way around Applegate Marketplace, they will notice that Suppliers in Applegate's Supplier Network display a button 'Add to Favourites'. As a registered user of Applegate, when users click on this button, the product or company users are viewing will be added to their favourites in the 'My Favourites' tab of Buyer Tools.
If users are not signed in when they click on the 'Add to Favourites' button, they will be invited to sign in to complete the operation.
Procure to pay refers to requesting, receiving and paying for goods and services.
If you don’t know the name of the supplier you are looking for, you can request that Applegate PRO identify these for you by using the ‘Quick Quote’ or ‘Request for Quotation’ function. Within 48 hours, Applegate Sourcing Team will find these suppliers for you.
Alternatively, if you have the time to conduct the research yourself, use the ‘search’ function of Applegate Marketplace and request a quote from suppliers featured on the Applegate Supplier Network using Applegate PRO.
If a supplier cannot be directly matched to a buyer’s request using Applegate PRO – the Applegate Sourcing Team are dedicated to finding relevant suppliers for these requests.
There are two ways to raise a Request for Quotation.
Directly from the page of the company featured on Applegate Marketplace that you wish to obtain a quote from or organically from the Applegate PRO Buyer Tools Homepage.
There are two ways to raise a Quick Quote.
Directly from the page of the company that you wish to obtain a quote from or directly from the Applegate PRO buyer tools homepage.
Once users have obtained a response from the supplier, users can then raise a purchase order through the Applegate PRO system or, directly with the supplier.
For regular users, we suggest raising the purchase order through our system will allow you to keep track of your business’s spend.
As a professional online buying tool, Applegate Marketplace and Applegate PRO provide users with access to hundreds of thousands of suppliers. For those that cannot, or do not have the time to source suppliers for a product or service, they can request that the Applegate Sourcing Team do this for them using Applegate PRO. The system will then find up to ten suppliers for this product or service, meaning all the user needs to do is choose from the selection of suppliers provided for them.
Applegate defines an online buying tool as the combination of the functionality of an eProcurement system and Online Marketplace. As the name suggests, together, these resources are an online tool to assist users with their buying and purchasing processes.
Once you have received a request for quotation, you will be sent an email directly to your registered email address. To view a how-to guide of how to respond, visit the video guide page.
Make sure that ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ is added to the safe senders list in your email system.
eProcurement is the electronic counterpart of procurement, dealing with the sales of products, services and supplies via an internet system.
An RFQ, or as it is more commonly known, a Request for Quotation, is a business document that invites suppliers into a tendering process, providing a quote for a specific product or service.
A Quick Quote is a streamlined version of an RFQ. This kind of buyer request is often much less detailed, requiring a quote for a single product from a single supplier.
The functionality of RFQs or Quick Quotes from Applegate PRO allow buyers to tailor their requests to the specific needs they require.
Maverick spend is classified as any purchase made outside the remit of the procurement function.
As a free-to-use eProcurement system, Applegate PRO provides procurement professionals and business owners with the means to implement a system to all non-procurement professionals within an organisation.
This largely depends on the system you are using. Some eProcurement system can require the completion of courses, others simply learning via a step by step tutorial. Applegate PRO is a free-to-use eProcurement system that is simple to use for buyers regardless of their experience in the profession.
For Suppliers: No, Applegate PRO will give users access to Buyer and Supplier Tools in a single sign-in function. Meaning that your username and password gives you access to both the Buyer Tools and Supplier Tools areas.
For Buyers: If the user is only using Applegate PRO as a buyer, they will only have access to Buyer Tools.
So, once you've registered, you only need to remember one set of sign-in details.