In 2014, Team at global sourcing company, MESH struggled sending out about 140 RFQs to it’s 40 odd suppliers globally. RFQs were being sent in excel forms and quotes were received in excel forms.
Estimators and sales professionals as well as sourcing engineers would have to spend hours equalizing quotes, comparing cost breakdowns and despite their best efforts, it was prone to errors since suppliers would quote in excel or PDF formats and often change the templates. After the initial analysis, MESH estimators would then have to copy the chosen supplier quotes onto customer quote sheets to help prepare it’s quotes to customers.
Some of the team members called it a controversial name as living in “excel hell”. In 2015, MESH’s quoting work grew to almost 200 RFQs, eventually growing to almost 600 RFQs in 2018.
As this workload was growing, a couple of it’s business analysts came up with a concept to build a “portal” which will allow them to populate all supplier and customer information in one place. After talking to a few technology experts,the team picked an IT partner in India and decided to build this portal on Microsoft SQL platform and host it on Azure cloud (Originally it was on Amazon cloud as Azure didn’t exist!). In an internal naming competition in 2015, the MESH team called the portal “MESH”. Somebody got a $100 Gas Station card as a gift for this name as well (Thanks, John Southerland!).
In 2018, an intern at MESH mentioned the idea to our founder, Hiten Shah that this MESH portal would be of interest to many manufacturing and enterprise clients to help with their RFQ activities. After some lag due to Tariffs and changes in technology team, we embarked to develop a portal and platform in the middle of Covid.
MESH is built with an ambition to be easiest to use. It’s aim is to keep things simple. It aims to provide a good database of items which most manufacturers buy on a daily basis. It’s also inclined to provide intuitive and unintimidating screens. It also aspires to provide two things which customers will find useful:
After a lot of scuttlebutt and research, we have embarked on a path to develop an easy to use portal, which will help OEM and Tier 1/2/3 buyers all over the world buy their materials easily. It is intended to be used by buyers, commodity managers and purchasing professionals on a daily basis.
MESH is meant to do this and only this:
Make it easy for buyers to manage how they send RFQs to
suppliers, collect quotes, analyze them and go onto their next task!
MESH: RFQ portal developed by global sourcing professionals!