3Diligent Introduces ProdEX Connect

Posted on Jun 10, 2020 by Cullen Hikene

Since the earliest days of 3Diligent, our goal has been to serve as a platform that connects innovators. Today, we have taken another step forward in that mission with the announcement of 3Diligent ProdEX Connect and 3Diligent Shopsight Connect offerings. In this article, we’ll answer a few of the key questions you may have about ProdEX Connect.

ProdEX Connect Overview

ProdEX Connect is the term we use for a new solution that leverages the power of Zoom video conferencing and our next-generation Vulcury software to connect supply with demand on the 3Diligent platform. In brief, if you are a ProdEX user, ProdEX Connect allows you to speak and contract directly with qualified ProdEX suppliers.   

How ProdEX Connect works

Customers log into the ProdEX portal and click the Connect icon to enter the Projects workflow, which has additional ProdEX features.

In this phase, you can upload any governing documentation for your procurement effort and define profiles of the specific suppliers you are interested in having fulfill your program. Once you have uploaded the requirements for your project, 3Diligent will analyze how many suppliers can complete the entire job and allow you to specify any number you’d like to have bid your program. 3Diligent will consider your inputs in order to introduce you to suppliers well suited to your project. You may engage directly with the supplier using the integrated Zoom communication tools and ultimately arrive at a deal. All transactions can be processed through the platform and the process flow is tracked using the ProdEX system.

ProdEX Connect vs. ProdEX

ProdEX Connect is preferable to the standard ProdEX offerings when the project requirements require a personal touch, such as prototypes or small-volume runs with significant finishing or tolerance requirements. Your project might also be a full-on production run of relatively simple parts but in a regulated industry that requires you have significant visibility into your supplier. ProdEX Connect is the optimum solution where nuances indicate the process will be improved if you are able to speak directly with the supplier. The standard version of ProdEX should be used when your project can be reliably fulfilled by any supplier, anywhere.


Do I have to pay for using the same supplier twice?

No. Once 3Diligent has introduced you to a supplier, we’ll only make introductions to new suppliers.   

Can I use my own suppliers too?

Yes, you can. 3Diligent ProdEX Connect enables you to upload your own suppliers and send requests for quotes through the portal. These suppliers will then be provided a free trial account if they do not already have a Shopsight Connect account in place.

What does ProdEX Connect cost?

3Diligent charges $999 per qualified supplier on ProdEX Connect—the only fee until you decide to purchase parts from one of the suppliers on the platform. 

When is ProdEX Connect available?

Interested parties can submit ProdEX Connect projects today.

Where do I sign up?

If you already have a ProdEX account, click here to log in. The Connect icon is displayed in the left sidebar. If you do not already have an account, click here to sign up for ProdEX for free.

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