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MES is a metrics driven enterprise using data analytics as the basis for all our decision making activities. Market positioning, strategic planning, financial and budgeting processes improvement, associate and client planning, supply chain and inventory management, supplier performance and pricing, and cost reductions are just a few areas where data analytics driven decision making have made MES an industry leader.  MES has made the great leap from commodity analytics to advanced analytics.  From “that which can be done with commonly available tools without any specialized knowledge of data analytics” to “going beyond what happened, when it happened and what the impact was, (to) identify what caused it to happened and what can be done about it in the future.” (Bill Franks in “Taming the Big Data Tidal Wave)

Trials using several commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) applications only proved we needed customized tools to support MES’s business model, its growing global presence, and the desire to accommodate the differing cultural and working styles of our employees.  So, MES decided to create in-house, a one-stop progressively integrated suite of solutions comprising stand-alone, intuitive and easy to use applications and platforms called MESH.

MESH CRM—A desktop/mobile platform for sales tracking, reporting and management. This MES Client Relations Management tool offers sales account managers full support in tracking end-to-end client development activities to include task scheduling, account progress status, prospective client status, and business analysis on trends, area coverage, corporate profiles, and several other competitive intelligence items of interest.  And, CRM provides the means to analyze, focus, and improve sales performance.

MESH CRM transitions logically to…

MESH PM—An SQL platform for customer and supplier quotes, for project management from RFQ to APQP through PPAP.  This MES Project Management tool offers MES project managers full interactive end-to-end project management support including customer and criterion-based supplier RFQs and, upon award, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) through Production Part Approval Process activities.

MESH PM transitions logically to…

MESH QM—A mobile platform for quality reporting.  This MES Quality Management tool offers MES global quality engineers and managers full in the field and on the run quality engineering support including start-to-finish production status and quality assurance monitoring, production and quality process improvement activities, and supply chain and customer support services and coordination.  All are accomplished using 24/7 communication links.

The implementation of MESH allows us to scale up the business and increase our revenues, without the constraints of adding resources (and constantly costs) at the same pace. The benefits are shown by the exponential increases in the business quoted, dollars amount quoted, new customers added to the portfolio and finally, new part projects kicked off.

MES is already planning the development of several more innovative applications and platforms.  Today, MES uses robust data prospecting and mining, statistical methodologies, and modeling techniques to great success.  And, as our resources and inventiveness allow, we look forward to employing machine learning and artificial intelligence to make data analytically based business predictions.

Typical buyer for a small to mid-size CNC machine shop with 30-100 employees likely purchases over 100 types of materials in sizes, shapes, quantities which vary frequently. This buyer mostly uses some older ERP type of software to store “some” of the material quotes. He/she also uses a large array of excel files, PDF files and spends their time doing VLookUp or Pivot tables to evaluate supplier quotes, communicate with them on emails. This hard-working buyer also spends an inordinate time trying to dig up what the material pricing was last month, last year, or two years back to provide to their manager as well as a sales team, why they should be negotiating price increases with their customer.

The manager at this mid-size machine shop is also relying on buyers’ organizational skills to keep information together. At best, he/she might have the information uploaded on SharePoint from time to time.

What happens if this buyer changes jobs?

If he/she leaves the company?

What happens if the manager as well as buyer both leave the company?

Supplier quotes received for their bar stock is also in different formats (some in kg, some in length, some in different lengths) and so on.

MESH offers a simple-to-use RFQ software, which buyers can start to use within 20 minutes to send RFQ for their bar stock in the standard template to multiple vendors. MESH offers a database of hundreds of standard base materials as well as variations and specifications in-built. So when somebody picks Cold Roll Steel bar stock, they will not receive aluminum and iron grades! They can be assured that information coming back from suppliers will have all the required information they need to assess supplier quotes – whether in kg, length, etc. Suppliers can also advise of any variation from the specification when providing quotes. During the quoting process, if something has changed, buyers can communicate with ALL suppliers on changes and be reasonably assured that suppliers have all required and same information to provide relevant and competitive quotes.

After quotes are received, buyers can evaluate quotes within minutes and make sourcing decisions. They can also communicate award or rejection letters with suppliers instantly.

Months or years from now, when the manager or buyer’s replacement wants to review this specific RFQ and history of communication, pricing, and analysis, MESH will have it available instantly.

Oftentimes, bar stock prices are quoted and then evaluated internally for weeks and months. When this material is needed, prices will need to be updated to the latest economics and raw material index, buyer can resend the quote and request an updated quotation keeping all the specifications intact to avoid confusion and errors. Suppliers can update what’s changed and keep all fields unchanged as necessary. This drastically improves the accuracy and timeliness of sourcing decisions at the kickoff of the project. MESH also offers buyers a chance to pick their most common purchasing items in the “My parts” library allowing them to create RFQ for this part frequently and easily.

MESH provides the CNC machine shop buyers a low-cost e-sourcing solution. Typical shops will want two licenses for buyers as well as managers.

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Ever wondered what all the different purchasing-related acronyms really mean?

You’ve come to the right place.

Using simple terminology, here is an explanation of the often confusing “alphabet soup” acronyms, which are germane to the world of purchasing and procurement.


An ERFx is an Electronic Request for (x), where “x” stands for Proposal, Quotation, or Information.


RFI is the acronym for Request for Information. An RFI is most often used to collect information about products, services, or suppliers. Because it typically precedes other RFx processes, it may be used in conjunction with any of the other RFx processes. An RFI’s purpose is to help buyers shortlist potential suppliers for further evaluation. Typically, a primary purchasing entity will use the RFI when working with a consulting firm and third-party resource to collect information before issuing the official RFP/RFQ.


The RFP, also known as the Request for Proposal, is a document whose purpose is to collect a third-party provider’s products, solutions, pricing, and capabilities in the form of a pricing proposal. An RFP usually includes any guidelines, instructions, and forms necessary for applicants to submit a proposal. Because the end goal of an RFP is to invite suppliers to bid on a project, it’s used by many services industries, including information technology and financial services organizations, including banks.


An RFQ or Request for Quotation is a proven business process that enables companies and public entities of all types and sizes to ask potential suppliers to provide information for the purpose of purchasing specific products of services. RFQ generally means the same thing as CfB or Call for Bids, as well as IfB or Invitation for Bid.

Though the RFQ process dates back many decades, up until the 1990s these requests were issued on paper, over the phone, by fax, or via email. The resulting quotes came into organizations much the same way they went out, which not only created confusion but also made apples-to-apples supplier comparisons both time consuming and difficult.

These days, organizations may shortlist qualified suppliers before issuing an RFQ to this subset. The RFQ usually asks suppliers to provide a price quote along with other information as it relates to a specific set of products or services. Buyers then review the RFQ responses and make a determination as to which supplier or suppliers will be awarded the business. Engineering and manufacturing companies are the most typical users of the RFQ.


RFT stands for Request for Tender. An RFT is a formal request to potential suppliers asking them to detail how they would supply clearly defined goods, services, or works. RFTs are usually highly technical in nature and, therefore, require a more prescriptive solution. Government and municipalities, as well as aerospace companies, are the most likely users of the RFT. Further, because it is more rigid in nature, supplier submissions via RFT tend to be binding in nature.

About Us
MESH started as a captive solution developed by fast-growing supply chain company, MES, for their internal use. Initially developed in 2013/2014, the solution has since been modified by MES for their use with nearly 4,200 RFQs, 400+ suppliers, and 100+ team members.
In 2020, as MES customers expressed a desire to have the solution for themselves, the company spun off both the product and the team, creating a new, independent company known as MESH Works.

MESH Works is a state-of-the-art sourcing platform for engineering and manufacturing companies, developed specifically with buyers and commodity managers in mind. Unlike most of the sourcing products available in the marketplace (which are focused on reverse auction and events), MESH aspires to be an enterprise software that’s an essential and integral part of the workflow and daily use system for buyers.

Custom injection molding shops and die casting factories purchase different types of material grades – scrap and virgin materials for their use. The buyer spends an inordinate amount of time working with small dealers and large mills procuring what’s needed.

Buyers also work with their sales team to give advanced pricing on projects which will go into production next year or further out.

As these negotiations through their sales team mature and the timing for the project gets closer, the buyer needs to continue to get raw material pricing updated.

All along, they are sending RFQs out in excel format, getting responses in PDF and excel or even word format. They have to spend time putting them together in a format so it’s easy to analyze, break down and make decisions.

The manager for this buyer is often evaluating fragmented pieces of information to help the team make decisions.

MESH offers pre-made templates for this injection molder to order from hundreds of grades of plastics and communicate with vendors in the standard portal. When requoting, it takes less than 4 clicks to submit to vendors for updated pricing.

Key to helping these injection molders, die casters, and forging companies is a pre-built materials library and template to allow breakdowns as well as raw material index assumptions into the quote.

MESH also allows the buyers at these factories to buy all the factory supplies such as boxes, shrink wrap, labels, and hundreds of other items which they need to keep their factories running smoothly!

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