According tomedia reports, the supplier discovery platform Scoutbee has launched a new free tool to help organizations fighting the new coronavirus pandemic and WHO, which needs critical supplies. The platform targets NGOs, public institutions, local and national governments, and healthcare providers to enable real-time analysis of global supply chain data to significantly accelerate the Request for Advice (RFP) process.
The idea is to help organizations find suppliers of much-needed medical equipment and medical supplies, such as surgical masks, protective clothing, cotton swabs and test tubes, and sanitized hand sanitizers, faster.
Scoutbee is able to do this because it has essentially planned the global manufacturing supply chain and claims that its AI-driven sourcing solutions understand capacity in different geographic locations and in the expansion and contracting of different products.
“When the new coronavirus starts to cause shortages in pharmaceutical and medical supplies, we know we should help,” said Gregor Ssthler, co-founder and general manager of Scoutbee. In addition, it was revealed that its team was able to build a simple tool within 48 hours.
“The problem for many NGOs now is that the peak demand is concentrated in a small number of suppliers that can be found on Google. We are trying to expand demand to help ease the situation. In a crisis like this, AI can really help. Traditional procurement methods are opaque and very slow. Search and validation of suppliers usually takes two to three weeks. The star-studded crisis clearly shows how fragile the old system is when time is running out.
Since the launch of the tool, Scoutbee has seen an impact by allowing users to target suppliers at the right speed, St?ler noted.