It’s only natural that we’re putting lots of eggs in one basket and introducing multi-customer tendering.
It’s fair to say that we’ve been banging on about multi-site portfolios from the moment we unleashed ourselves on the procurement world. From day one, we planned, designed and built our software to be capable not only of single-site work, but to make it fully compatible with the wide range of portfolios which a consultant could be presented with on a day to day basis. And our customers have been enjoying the benefits of being able to generate SME pricing and issue bespoke tender requests from a snazzy, white-labelled interface.
14 months ago today, we then introduced Parent companies – connecting customers together into a group. A simple concept, but one which is incredibly important when dealing with corporates and franchises spanning numerous locations. And recently, we boosted this functionality with an improved user experience, better information-linking and customer portal enhancements too.
But – as with everything we do – that was only the beginning.
It is important to be able to tender across multiple companies at once, whilst presenting results to each individual customer and the parent company in one fell swoop. Individual locations may have signatories and decision makers who are interested only in their own pricing results. Corporate level management may wish to see cost savings across the entire group.
In light of this, we’re introducing parent & child tendering into the UtilityClick system in August. And this time, our development team have really pushed the boat out. Discussing a recent test build with our senior developer last night, I could only describe the fluency of his work as ‘magic’ as I added quotes into a Parent company’s tender and watched them automatically populate into their respective children’s accounts. Generating SME matrix pricing for 20 meters at a group level, I gasped in awe (too far?) as the system immediately generated pricing across all of those 20 individual franchises in unison.
This opens up a world of possibility for our customers. With basket tendering becoming ever more popular in B2B energy, and the complexity of corporate procurement accelerating, we’re excited about our role in the development of multi-site procurement.