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A cloud-based procurement solution
that connects buyers and suppliers in
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SAP Ariba Sourcing is one of the largest digital sourcing platforms which connects suppliers and manages the procurement processes in a fully digitalized and centralized way. By migrating to SAP Ariba Sourcing, all procurement related processes will be automated in a standard and user-friendly approach.

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Request for Proposal

We will be conducting our RFP events on SAP Ariba. Being a registered supplier, you will receive email invites from SAP Ariba to participate in planned events.

Process
Supplier Guide
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Supplier Guide Resources

Auction

We will be hosting Auctions on SAP Ariba. The Auction is opened for a restricted period of time. During Auctions, invited Suppliers can place bids for the requested good or service. The winning supplier will be notified.

Reverse Auction
Dutch Auction
Japanese Auction
Forward Auction

In a reverse auction, suppliers submit bids, offering progressively lower prices in an effort to outdo other competitors. The lowest offered price before the bidding end time will secure the contract.

In a Dutch reverse auction, bidding will start with a very low initial price and the price increases periodically until a supplier accepts the price or a predetermined ceiling price is reached. Suppliers have to accept the listed price as soon as they can or risk losing the business altogether.

Japanese auction requires suppliers to accept pricing at levels that automatically adjust at regular intervals. In a reverse Japanese auction, the selling price falls at each configured level. Whereas, in a forward Japanese auction, the buying price rises at each interval.

Bidding ends for an item when either the number of active participants drops to or below the configured minimum value or the target price is reached.

In a forward auction, suppliers submit bids, offering progressively higher prices in an effort to outdo other competitors. The highest offered price before the bidding end time will secure the contract.

Reverse Auction

In a reverse auction, suppliers submit bids, offering progressively lower prices in an effort to outdo other competitors. The lowest offered price before the bidding end time will secure the contract.

Dutch Auction

In a Dutch reverse auction, bidding will start with a very low initial price and the price increases periodically until a supplier accepts the price or a predetermined ceiling price is reached. Suppliers have to accept the listed price as soon as they can or risk losing the business altogether.

Japanese Auction

Japanese auction requires suppliers to accept pricing at levels that automatically adjust at regular intervals. In a reverse Japanese auction, the selling price falls at each configured level. Whereas, in a forward Japanese auction, the buying price rises at each interval.

Bidding ends for an item when either the number of active participants drops to or below the configured minimum value or the target price is reached.

Forward Auction

In a forward auction, suppliers submit bids, offering progressively higher prices in an effort to outdo other competitors. The highest offered price before the bidding end time will secure the contract.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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You can access a sourcing event to which you have been invited in two ways:

  • Through the invitation email the buyer sends
  • By going to the Proposals page (click app drop-down menu in the upper-left corner of the application and select Proposals.)

If the event you are looking for is not listed on the Proposals page, please see here for troubleshooting steps.

Please keep in mind that in order to participate in a sourcing event, you must first be invited. If you have not been invited, please reach out to the buyer.

Source: https://uex.ariba.com/auc/node/97516

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In order to participate in a SAP Ariba Proposals & Questionnaires event, you must first register an account and connect it with your customer’s Proposals & Questionnaires site.

Before initiating this process, it is strongly recommended that you confirm whether or not your company has an existing Ariba Network account identified by an Ariba Network ID (ANID) number. If so, please request to be added as a user to this account with the Proposals & Contracts Access permission before proceeding with the following steps.

1. Click the link in the invitation email you received from your customer.

2. Click either Sign Up or Login depending on which applies to you.

3. If you chose Sign Up, complete all required fields marked with an asterisk (*) and then click Create account and Continue.

4. If you chose Login, enter your existing username and password and click Continue.

You should now see SAP Ariba Proposals & Questionnaires in the upper left corner along with your customer’s name and any Customer Requested Profile information that may be required by your customer.

Please note that once you've successfully registered through the invitation email, the invitation link becomes expired. You can login to your account in the future by using the following URL: http://proposals.seller.ariba.com .

Source: https://uex.ariba.com/auc/node/1188

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There are a number of reasons you may not be seeing a sourcing event your company was invited to. Below are various scenarios that may apply:

1. Did you receive an event invitation in your email inbox?

  • Buyers invite suppliers to events by selecting each participant, so there is a chance that only one person from the company received an invitation. Only those who are invited to the event will have access.
  • If you would like to request an invitation for yourself or additional people from your organization, you will need to contact the project owner.
  • It is also a common user error to have a typo in the email address field. Double-check the email address and if there is a typo the buyer will need to edit it.

2. Did you log in to the correct account?

  • You might have more than one SAP Ariba account. If you have multiple accounts, make sure you are logged into the account that was invited.

3. Do you have permissions to see the page?

  • To view your organization's Ariba Sourcing events, questionnaires, and Ariba Contract Management contracts, documents, and tasks, sub users need to have the permission Access Proposals and Contracts assigned. If you do not have the correct permissions, please contact your administrator. You can find the administrator's contact information by clicking your initials in the upper-right corner of the page and selecting Contact Administrator.

4. Is your user activated? Is your profile approved?

  • It is possible that your user or organization profile is deactivated which will restrict your access to Ariba.
  • If your organization profile on the buyer's site is Rejected you will not be able to register. If it is Unapproved you will be able to register but may not participate in sourcing events.
  • You must contact your buyer to approve the organization profile.

5. Are you on the SAP Ariba Sourcing solution?

  • If you see Ariba Discovery, Ariba Contract Management, or Ariba Network in the upper-left corner of the application, you are currently accessing another app within your SAP Ariba Commerce Cloud account and will not see the event here. Click the app drop-down in the upper-left corner of the application and select Ariba Proposals & Questionnaires. This action will take you to the SAP Ariba Sourcing platform and show any events to which you have been invited. You may need to switch to the relevant buyer by clicking More... and selecting the correct buyer.

6. Is the event in Open status?

  • In the top right corner of your screen the status will be displayed. If there is a countdown timer, then the event is published/open. If it is Closed, Paused, Pending Selection then you must contact the buyer to open the event.

7. Did you complete the Customer Requested Profile?

  • Some customers require you to fill out specific information before you can see any bids. If you log in to your account and receive the following message, you must complete the Customer Requested Profile:
    • Your customer has requested that you complete the following information before they conduct business with you.
    • If you need help completing your Customer Requested Profile, please refer to How do I complete my customer requested profile?

8. Are you locked out of the event?

  • You will not see the event on your dashboard if the buyer has locked your account from the event. Check your email to see if you were notified of being locked out of the event. In this instance, please contact the project owner to gain access.

9. Are you directed to a blank page when you click on an event within your account?

  • Security features on your computer might cause a blank page when accessing an event. Use the following steps to resolve this issue:
    • Check the URL on the blank or black page.
    • If the URL starts with HTTP, change this to HTTPS.
    • Navigate to the new page.
    • Accept any security warnings that appear in your browser.
    • Ad Blockers can also cause this issue. Check to see if an ad blocker is installed, such as AdBlock Plus and uBlock. If one is installed, disable it and load the page again. If neither of these options help, try to log in using a different browser.

Source: https://uex.ariba.com/auc/node/1881

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On your supplier login page https://supplier.ariba.com and click on the circle with a question mark logo in it at the top right of the page to access the Support Center. Alternatively you can click here for direct access.