Audi Success Story
Audi Success Story
Read about how Audi transformed its procurement processes using scoutbee's artificial intelligence.

Frequently Asked Questions

New to scoutbee? Learn how to use scoutbee or how to get onboarded to Streamline as a supplier.

scoutbee is a global company specializing in Smarter Supplier Discovery. Founded in 2015 by German procurement and operational experts, scoutbee’s AI-powered supplier discovery suite helps procurement leaders scout and connect with new suppliers to fulfill strategic sourcing cases faster. Procurement leaders can discover new suppliers to innovate products and improve time to market. Suppliers can broaden opportunities to identify new buyers for products to drive revenue and growth.

Customers come from various industries, such as automotive, machinery building, chemical and food processing as well as retail and consumer electronics. scoutbee is operating worldwide with offices located in Washington D.C., Berlin and Würzburg.

scoutbee’s supplier discovery suite offers buyers and suppliers a simple process for automating the manual stages of supplier discovery and validation. One of scoutbee’s discovery suite features, Streamline, matches suppliers with potential buyers and provides a simple system to communicate and collaborate on sourcing demands.

Using Streamline, you can apply for sourcing demands, exchange documents such as NDAs and Drawings, and communicate directly with the respective buyers to speed up the tendering process. scoutbee focuses on automating the manual buyer/supplier discovery, identification and validation process and supports existing RFI, RFP, NDA or price negotiation technologies.

Through close work with our clients’ purchasers, scoutbee’s AI-powered discovery suite has identified the product or service your company offers and may match our client’s current demand.

We will help you find new sales opportunities for your product portfolio and easily contact and connect with relevant prospects, free of charge. We enable you to respond to RFIs before they get published. And, once your profile is part of the scoutbee discovery suite, you can have better transparency and communication with top companies and world-class OEMs every day.

Registration and access to scoutbee’s discovery suite is free for all suppliers. During the scouting process, suppliers are given unlimited access to submit RFI and RFP responses, including communication with the purchasing customer and scoutbee team.

Technical data for a sourcing case will be provided once the customer has chosen to collaborate with your company. In the early stages of a sourcing case, a response to technical information and pricing will not be required. We only need to determine your interest in participating and what capabilities qualify your company's involvement in this sourcing case.

You are in a safe place. We bring together data and process it into a secure and safe environment. We follow strict European security data standards and are GDPR compliant.

Regarding the collaboration process, scoutbee will not ask you to provide pricing information or any other confidential content before you know the potential customer. You control the information you want to share. If you have any further questions concerning data security, please contact us.

Information submitted to scoutbee is secure and only used for the purpose of the invited RFI. Information entered into the scoutbee discovery suite will not be used for marketing purposes, offered to third parties nor offered to other clients in future RFIs, unless first agreed by the supplier.

The scoutbee discovery suite continues to grow and adapt with new purchasers and the volume of sourcing cases we manage. Enriching your supplier profile in our system will ensure you are matched with relevant scouting demands. While scoutbee may not have an open sourcing demand at present, working with scoutbee now will help you capture new opportunities as they arise.

scoutbee offers customers the choice to disclose their identity during the RFI stage of the sourcing process. Many purchasers, however, choose to remain confidential. The name of the customer will be provided once your company has been shortlisted.

We understand that the customer’s identity is important for you, which is why scoutbee will provide candidate suppliers as much information as available before the NDA phase. This includes technical data and purchasing requirements.

We will assist you in the development of your supplier profile that will reside in the scoutbee discovery suite. Once you’ve provided in-depth information about the case, the purchasing customer will review your profile. If your capabilities match the customer’s demands, a scoutbee team member will guide you through the NDA and collaboration process. Once your NDA is checked by the customer, you can start submitting your proposal.  

scoutbee offers all suppliers 24/7 live communication through our online chat system. The chat is available through any stage of the Streamline process. With an average response time of 5 minutes, it is faster than any other form of communication with a scoutbee team member.

Our goal is always to directly connect customers with previous unidentified suppliers. In many cases, without scoutbee’s assistance in sourcing suppliers, our customer may not have been able to find your company without significant time and cost.

We are doing the heavy lifting for our customers and entering your responses concisely into our supplier discovery suite to streamline the decision-making process. We also enable you to communicate with the customer directly through our chat feature. Your questions go to the right person and allow for timely responses. Once you and the customer complete our streamline process, you can freely move without scoutbee. We have helped develop a new business connect, our work is done!

If your company currently supplies products to the purchasing customer, this need for additional information represents a direct request from our joint customer either to learn more about your products or to introduce you to another division of the company. By responding to the data request you’ll inform your customer you are interested and assuring your interest is demonstrated.   

If you already have a current NDA with our customer, please attach that NDA instead of a new one on offer. The customer will determine if this is acceptable.