In this guide we show you how to invite suppliers to start collaborating on projects and opportunities. Suppliers join the IAND platform fully free of charge.
Before you invite a new supplier
You should first check if the supplier you want to invite has already been added to IAND through your automatic ERP import. To do this, simply go to your Companies Index, and search for the supplier's name in the search bar.
TIP! The search bar supports partial matches on supplier names, when one name is fully contained within another. For example, searching for 'Supplier A' will return 'Supplier A Ltd' in the results.
This means you can search for a supplier even if you are not sure of their exact name in IAND. We recommend searching without the Ltd/Limited for this reason.
If the supplier is not in IAND's Companies Index:
- From the Companies Index click 'Invite a new supplier' in the top right.
Send the invite by entering the details of the company and point of contact that you wish to invite. Please invite the person who will activate their account as this will speed up the signup process.
Write a brief custom message that will be sent with your invite to the supplier. Please note that any formatting will be removed from the final message.
TIP! Enhance the onboarding experience by explaining why you need the supplier to sign up, so that they are clear on the priority. For example: "To include you in the tender opportunity being issued next week, we will need you to sign up and create your profile".
If the supplier is already in IAND's Companies Index, but inactive:
- Press the 'Send invite' button directly from the Companies index (or via the supplier's Company Profile page). Complete the invitation form in the same manner as described above.
After you invite a supplier
Once you have submitted your invite, your supplier will receive an invite email. They only need to complete a short set of fields to join the IAND platform. There is no cost for suppliers to join.
We notify you when a supplier is live. You will receive an email from IAND as soon as your supplier has joined our platform. You are now ready to invite your supplier to Opportunities, request compliance documents and more.
An example supplier invitation email