How does a supply chain portal work?
A supply chain portal, also called supplier portal, is a platform for buyers and suppliers to connect with each other and exchange data. Supplier portals are recommended to any multi-supplier company as this will improve and speed up the purchasing and production process. A company can also safely and easily track orders from suppliers, so that parties look at the same data. This largely prevents mistakes. In addition, the efficiency of the processes is improved, because communication runs via the platform. In short, a supply chain portal offers the opportunity to gain a better insight into the entire supply chain.
Suppliers register through the portal and can use it as a means of providing information. This will improve the relationship with their customer. You can think of keeping track of which goods they have delivered to their customer, how many goods they have delivered and when these goods will be delivered. The company can keep track of data from multiple customers through the portal, providing more structure and greatly reducing manual work within the supply chain.
The purpose of a supply chain portal is to streamline the collaboration between buyers and suppliers. It minimizes the handling of documents and thus the amount of manual work. Automating business processes ensures transparency in the transactions between buyers and suppliers. Because the supplier portal is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), the software is hosted, maintained and supported by a supplier of eCommerce solutions. You, the user, therefore do not need to install additional hardware and no infrastructure is required.