This is your tool to identify Suppliers and check their compliance status and data. Search is also central to the Request Information process and to ‘following’ Suppliers and Commodity Codes. Start by accessing Supplier Search in the main menu under the three-line icon in the header bar.
You can view a supplier’s Profile and access their questionnaire by clicking a row in the search results or the View eye icon in the three-dot ellipsis to the left of each row. See separate sections on the Supplier Profile, Questionnaire and Audits.
The text you enter in the keyword search box will be matched against company name, Achilles ID, commodity code, commodity name, and region of supply. You can use the dropdown to the left of the box to limit your search to one of these fields. To match a whole phrase, use inverted commas as follows: “steel pipes”.
The filters shown down the left of the screen can be used to narrow your results. They are expanded or collapsed by clicking on their headers. You will see the number of filters selected under each drawer shown in the header. Click ‘Clear All’ at the top if you want to reset all filter selections. The search results on the right will be continually updated as you add and remove filters. You can track the changing total with the animated counter, top left.
Commodity Code Filter
Filter Suppliers by the Commodities/Services they provide. Click the ‘Select codes’ link to open up the selector and then drill down to find the entries you need. You will see multiple code selectors if you have access to multiple Networks/Communities. Use the ‘ANY’ button to find Suppliers of any of the Commodity Codes selected. If you select the ‘ALL’ button, only those who supply all the specified codes will be returned. These options equate to the ‘OR’ and ‘AND’ Boolean operators. Note that you should use the ALL setting if you need to find Suppliers of a specific level 4 code – choosing ANY when you have selected a level 4 code will also return Suppliers of the parent level 3 code.
You will see underneath the Commodity Code selectors there is the option to choose ‘Supply Type’. This allows you to specify what type of supply you are interested in for your selected product codes. You can choose between Manufacturers, Agents and Stockists. Note this distinction does not apply to service-type codes.
Region of Supply Filter
Narrow the Supplier list by specifying which geographies they must be able to supply. The ‘ANY’ and ‘ALL’ buttons work in the same way as for Commodity Codes above.
Country of Trading Filter
This filters by the countries Suppliers have declared in their trading address. You can make multiple selections from the drop-down list. In contrast to Regions of Supply, each Supplier will only have one Country of Trading.
Sales Revenue Filter
Narrow Suppliers by setting a range of Sales Revenue. The currencies used by Suppliers will be converted to match the currency selection you make. Revenue is shown for the last financial year recorded.
Management Systems Filter
Filter for Suppliers who have either documented or certified Management Systems in place. Certification will be to a recognised international standard. Three options are available – Quality, Health & Safety and Environment.
My Relationships Filter
This allows you to see only Suppliers who have a defined ‘Relationship’ with your organisation set up. Please contact your Account Manager if you would like more information.
Supplier Level/State Filter
Use the supplier level filter to narrow your selection to Suppliers who have a specific subscription level. This equates to the degree of Achilles assurance they have undergone, and you may have a required threshold for procurement. Available Supplier Levels can vary by Network/Community.
The supplier state filter allows you to distinguish Suppliers who have up-to-date versus expired Questionnaires. These expire one year after the last date of publication.
With this filter you can filter by the (valid) audits held by Suppliers. These provide a higher level of assurance than the Questionnaire data. The available filter categories are Consultants/Designers, Desktop, Manufacturers/Distributors, On-Site 1-Day, On-Site 2-Day. Not all audit types are available in every Network/Community.
Search Panel View
Aside from core information such as address, website and Annual Sales Revenue, the ‘Panel View’ view includes marketing information. Suppliers are encouraged to fill out an ‘About Us’ section that fills the main body of the panel. They can also add social media handles.