RFQ

Don’t answer an RFQ is advised?

Amazingly, we found an article from the recent past recommending NOT answering a quote request. This would appear to represent perhaps the worst advice in our situation we’ve ever seen! The article appeared in the March 7, 2013, edition of Inc. magazine, and was also featured in a Linkedin group. The title is “Death by RFP: 7 Reasons Not to Respond”. The first thought in this article is this: “Flattered to be asked to respond… Read More


Don’t Answer an RFQ is Advised?

Amazingly, we found an article recommending NOT answering a quote request. This would appear to represent perhaps the worst advice in our situation we’ve ever seen! The article appeared in the March 7, 2013, edition of Inc. magazine, and was also featured in a Linkedin group. The title is “Death by RFP: 7 Reasons Not to Respond”. The first thought in this article is this: “Flattered to be asked to respond to an RFP? You… Read More


A Very Large Success Story (Beginning chapter)

Proficient Sourcing exists to find suitable suppliers for buyers, engineers, and anyone else who needs outside manufacturing. We’ve been doing this for some time, and believe we offer a useful service which requires no obligation whatsoever. We also believe we have an unusually wide reach to find excellent sources. Here’s an example of an immediate response to a very complex set of requirements: Recently we were approached by a company which makes equipment for others…. Read More


Get better RFQ responses: Part 1

If you seek a new supplier and are considering ones you don’t know, we believe you can do some rather simple things to get better RFQ results. We have lots of thoughts on this; future newsletters will have more. Most of what we see is an RFQ to manufacture or fabricate some metal or plastic part, or perhaps some assembly. Our job is to recommend candidates for this new situation. The RFQ wants a price… Read More


New Suppliers – Free Engineering and More!

Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 9/16 edition has a special report:  “Set Your Sights on Strategic Sourcing”.  This report contains a number of useful thoughts that could have very positive benefits to the purchasing organization.  A link to this report is at the end of this article.  While this report deals mainly with large entities, seeking strategic suppliers is worthy of the consideration of all. Proficient Sourcing finds new supplier candidates for procurement professionals.  In… Read More


Fast RFQ Responses

We have frequently promoted an ability to address low volume, fast turnaround inquiries for RFQ’s. For example, we have suppliers interested in spare parts where subordinate locations are burdened with parents far away, or manufacturers of custom equipment where they need very low quantities for their products. Other situations of interest are older production parts out of regular production or repair parts needing reverse engineering. These sorts of issues are often hard to source. Yet,… Read More


Complicated Procurement Projects? Bring them On!

In your procurement world there may be occasions where you need more than some candidates to answer a RFQ. Smaller companies might need design or scientific material advice. Large projects may require interplay between prospective suppliers. Rather then hire some consulting firm to handle such situations, please consider Proficient Sourcing. Two recent examples illustrate the Proficient Sourcing advantage available to any interested buyer, engineer or other person seeking a more complex sourcing answer. The first… Read More


Get better RFQ responses!

Proficient Sourcing depends upon RFQ traffic, and we believe it is in the interest of both buyer and seller if appropriate bids are received in a timely manner. It is also in the interest of both buyer and seller if the bids are competitive so the buyer can use the information to choose among appropriate candidates. Perhaps we can help. Most of what we see is an RFQ to manufacture or fabricate some metal or… Read More


Don’t answer an RFQ is advised?

Amazingly, we recently found an article recommending NOT answering a quote request.  This would appear to represent perhaps the worst advice in our situation we’ve ever seen!  The article appeared in the March 7, 2013, edition of  Inc. magazine, and was also featured in a Linkedin group.  The title is  “Death by RFP:  7 Reasons Not to Respond”. The first thought in this article is this:  “Flattered to be asked to respond to an RFP?… Read More