Sourcing software as a service

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by RJ3, Dec 7, 2018 at 11:26 PM.

  1. RJ3

    RJ3 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi everybody, would you be interested in a SaaS which helps you source products and services globally without having to worry about unreliable suppliers, faulty and bad quality products?
     
    Posted: Dec 7, 2018 at 11:26 PM By: RJ3 Member since: May 21, 2018
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  2. billybob99

    billybob99 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Of course.
     
    Posted: Dec 7, 2018 at 11:35 PM By: billybob99 Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  3. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    No. I use a search engine called Google.
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 12:34 AM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  4. MikeCC

    MikeCC UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    See Blur/Maistro
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 12:45 AM By: MikeCC Member since: Sep 25, 2013
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  5. Alan

    Alan UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    Google isn't very good and filtering out unreliable suppliers, faulty and bad quality products. That requires lost of secondary research, and with so many fake reviews you can't really just rely on Google for that can you?
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 1:56 PM By: Alan Member since: Aug 16, 2011
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  6. Noah

    Noah UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Indeed - so who can you trust? There is a related thread on this.
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 2:07 PM By: Noah Member since: Sep 1, 2009
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  7. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    No, but it is good for some things. I have just discovered that SaaS is Students Award Agency for Scotland. That doesn't help me understand the first post though.:(
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 2:22 PM By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
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  8. Noah

    Noah UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Software as a Service. It's dead trendy, don'tchaknow.
    I think RJ3 is proposing some sort of Web site that... stuff that - it's her idea, I'll let her explain it.
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 2:27 PM By: Noah Member since: Sep 1, 2009
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  9. The Byre

    The Byre UKBF Ace Free Member

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    You get awarded a student and that student helps you to find stuff on the Interweb. Simples!

    Being able to do that is the much valued and closely guarded and secret competitive edge that any good business needs to do for itself. It should be a confidential in-house process and the very opposite of something that can be out-sourced.
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 2:32 PM By: The Byre Member since: Aug 13, 2013
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  10. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    A reliable supplier is only as good as there last order, and sod's law you next order is the most important one your company has ever had, probably when your own customer has taken years of effort just to get this first order
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 2:43 PM By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  11. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Good enough. Found multiple suppliers to use.
    Faulty and bad quality products? Google again.
    What is secondary research? I just research.

    Is there a particular problem in using a different service than what the OP is offering? What do other businesses use?
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 3:46 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  12. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    As someone who tried leaving a negative review on Trustpilot I don't accept people relying on their trustpilot reviews.
    As someone who has had multiple negative feedbacks and bad reviews over the years that were unjustified or untrue I tend to read between the lines on both good and bad reviews.
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 3:53 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  13. RJ3

    RJ3 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    It's a website that enables you to sources products and services from pre-vetted suppliers
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 6:35 PM By: RJ3 Member since: May 21, 2018
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  14. Inva

    Inva UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi, this has nothing to do with SaaS. The software/system used has no relation to how trustworthy the suppliers are.
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 6:42 PM By: Inva Member since: Aug 10, 2018
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  15. mattk

    mattk UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Pre-vetted based on what criteria though? Are you going to provide a financial guarantee for the products and services being offered? If not, companies will still need to do their own due diligence, therefore negating much of the benefit of your site.
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 7:10 PM By: mattk Member since: Dec 5, 2005
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  16. billybob99

    billybob99 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    This forum is not known for supporting ideas etc. you need to do you own due diligence, talk to your potential users and decide if there is a need for your service.

    It sounds a bit like Alibaba, as they pre-vet suppliers on their site etc.

    The SaaS space is very interesting though and if done properly, very lucrative.

    I do know of a company called Flexport that digitised paperwork for freights/shipping containers and hit the $$$$.
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 7:17 PM By: billybob99 Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  17. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Who vets the suppliers?

    If the vetting person or people don't know enough about the item / project / end use etc are they able to do any vetting at all beyond the fact the supplier exists?
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 7:46 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  18. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Yes, Alibaba that had such good vetting that hasn't weeded out fakes and overproduction items. Have lost count of the number of ecommerce sellers I've come across who were burnt buying on Alibaba.
    Perhaps the suppliers paying to game the system didn't help.
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 7:49 PM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  19. billybob99

    billybob99 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I will admit, I have no idea how they go about their vetting process, but from a quick glance, it does seem suppliers simply pay for a membership, so that is something to think about for the OP.
     
    Posted: Dec 8, 2018 at 8:53 PM By: billybob99 Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  20. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    There used to be some vetting, then people talked to people and money or presents changed hands and a failed company had its decision changed, things were speeded up for companies where they were great companies but paperwork missing a few bits and so on.
    Jack Ma has spoken a couple of times about some of the problems and how they are trying to get a handle on them.

    I'll still use Alibaba, I just won't trust its information until I have vetted the company concerned.

    Appears to be a problem in any major market, telling the good businesses from the crooks and those just in over their heads. We have the same problem in Britain with multiple solutions regarding 'vetting'.
    Trade bodies that are nothing more than membership organisations. Local vetted groups of businesses. Professional certification or membership of particular types of business (any accountants here part of a professional body?).
     
    Posted: Dec 9, 2018 at 1:03 AM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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