Relief sourcing and supply has evolved tremendously in recent years, as have the online shopping habits of everyday consumers. Multi-national aid organizations and corporations have applied state-of-the-art Supply Chain principles and technology to make disaster relief more effective in getting supplies to those in need. But such advancements in the efficiency of a vertical supply chain, from supplier to consumer, may not have the same effect in expanding the supply chain horizontally, to increase the availability of supply and capacity of the role-players at each step in the chain. Nor have the technological advancements in some aspects of the corporate Supply Chain kept pace with the online shopping revolution in everyday consumer spending.
Prior emphasis on vertical Supply Chain aimed to mitigate the risk of misalignment among buyers, suppliers, logistics, and consumers. But how can we increase the overall scope of the chain without increasing the risk of misalignment? How can we bring the ease, efficiency, and scale of the world’s online consumer marketplaces to global relief efforts?
Relief.iO is building a Disaster Relief Supplier Network.
The Relief.iO Supplier Network, a domain-specialized type of business network, is designed to help NGOs and relief agencies of all sizes drive efficiency and reduce cost by collaborating with suppliers through the Ariba Network, the world’s largest digital marketplace where more than 3.6 million buyers and suppliers, operating in more than 190 countries, trade USD 2.3 trillion in goods and services each year. This specialized network would make it easy for buyers and suppliers of all sizes and from remote locations to collaborate on transactions, strengthen their relationships, and discover critical new relief opportunities.
Built on the foundation of the Ariba Network, the Relief.iO Supplier Network shall enable buyers to manage their entire procurement process while controlling spending, finding new sources of supply and savings, improving spend visibility, and building a healthy, ethical supply chain. Buyers shall experience a simplified “consumer-like” online shopping experience, from supplier-specific, relief-focused catalogs, knowing that electronic procurement best-practices are embedded in the process. Suppliers shall help buyers achieve their mission while growing in reach, simplifying the sales cycle, and mitigating aspects of business risk.
The Relief.iO Supplier Network is expected to grow to thousands of suppliers of relief goods and services, with badges awarded to prequalify suppliers regarding aspects of relief experience or capability.
The SAP Ariba procurement solution known as Guided Buying shall enable Relief.iO buyers with:
- Supplier search
- Catalog buy
- 3 bids-and-a-buy sourcing
- Real-time insights
- Transaction automation
- Supplier risk insights
The Relief.iO Supplier Network would increase the confidence, effectiveness, and scope of both buyers and sellers, as well as relief donors. The foundation provided by the Ariba Network provides standardized but flexible processes, and data-driven visibility into supplier and spend management. Buyers and Sellers on the Relief.iO Supplier Network and the ecosystem of related donors and benefactors would know that the network of trading partners share a vision and objective to transact business with purpose – to aid people in need, while also supporting the principles of humanitarian missions, such as a preference of local suppliers.