I was working in QuickBooks today. QuickBooks, for those that don’t know, is the leading accounting package for small and mid-size enterprises.
While working, I noticed in the “Vendor Center” a link that said “Rate This Vendor Online.”
So what did I do?
Of course, I clicked it!
And it allowed me to rate one of Next Level Purchasing’s vendors, including comments and a 1-5 star rating. This feature was integrated into QuickBooks, but managed through zipingo.com.
After rating my vendor, I went to zipingo.com and found a pretty interesting site where local suppliers are categorized and rated somewhat eBay style.
I believe that this type of business model has a lot of promise for not only small and mid-size businesses but large businesses as well. Though, as it is today, zipingo.com is very local- and somewhat B2C-oriented, the fact that they are aiming for the B2B market is exciting.
I think that I’m going to have the Next Level Purchasing team use zipingo.com on a testing basis for our revised supplier performance evaluation program. We can drill in to see our reviews only, which makes a nice way of seeing which of our suppliers are standing out either for being good performers or poor ones!
This could be the start of the type of supplier rating community that Supply Excellence’s Tim Minahan and I discussed in the article “Supply Chain Technology: What’s Next?” and the accompanying podcast.
Keep an eye on this!