Features

International Units

Introduction

The P3Expeditor system is initially configured for doing business in North America using currency, date formats and units of measurement commonly used in the United States. Since many P3Expeditor users do business in other parts of the world, provisions are included in the My Settings area of P3Expeditor to enable use of other currency, date formats and units of measurement. The settings for these features are on the User Settings tab within the Global menu / My Settings menu item.

Date Formats

Date formats can be set to either the MM-DD-YY format common in North America or the more logical DD-MM-YY format used in other parts of the world. When changed this setting immediatly affects the representation of all dates within the P3Expeditor system.

Currency

Currency units also vary from country to country. There are two settings to adjust, the currency symbol and the text description for the currency. The text description appears on the supplier response page. The currency symbol appears anywhere currency numbers are displayed.

Please Note: Each job in the P3Expeditor system keeps the currency setting that was in use when the job was created. This prevents prices supplied in one currency from being misrepresented when the default currency is changed.

Measurements

The P3Expeditor system supports three settings for length measurements: Inches, Centimeters or Millimeters. Like currency the unit of length is a property of each job, so that specifications made in inches do not convert to millimeters when the default length measurement is changed.

There are also two systems for paper weights, the "metric" system GSM or grams per square meter, and the antiquated North American "basis weight" system. Like currency the unit of paper weight is a property of each job, so that specifications made as basis weight do not convert to GSM when the default measurement type is changed.

See User Settings Tab for more information on how to make changes to User Settings.

Performance Tracking

Overview

The supplier performance tracking features in P3Expeditor tracks several pieces of data relating to supplier performance. This includes: Bid response time, planned vs. actual schedules, planned vs. actual budgets, an overall quality rating and performance comments.

Data Collection

In general, the collection of performance data requires as little user intervention as possible. Some data is gathered automatically and, in other cases, users are prompted to enter data during key transition points.

Bid response times are measured automatically between the time an RFQ is sent out and when a supplier submits a response or prices are manually entered.

Planned and actual schedule dates are also initialized automatically. When the job status changes from "Awarded" to "Ordered", the current job schedule gets recorded as the "Planned" schedule. Since this status change is triggered when the work order is emailed to a supplier, the "planned" schedule will reflect what is sent to the supplier in the work order.

Both the "Planned" and "Actual" date fields are shown on the job master screen once the job is ordered. These actual dates can be modified as events change during job production. The planned dates can also be modified, but a warning will prompt the user to confirm that they really want to change the recorded plan.

Production Quality evaluation data is collected when the job status is changed to "Complete". At that time, a quality evaluation dialog is triggered, prompting the user to make a quality evaluation. This evaluation can also be made manually through the Job Notes dialog, Job Performance Tab.

Quality data consists of two components. Selecting one of 5 evaluation statements (each statement has a numeric value or grade) and an optional quality comment. The evaluation statement is intended to quickly identify jobs where performance either fell short of, met, or exceeded expectations. In these cases, it is expected that the user will document any pertinent information in the comments area.

Budget and Actual cost figures are not automatically captured and must be entered through the Job Notes dialog interface. Purchase order cost is recorded as part of the ordering process on the "Job Ordering" screen.

Reporting

Reporting for individual jobs is handled as options for the Job Notes report. The Bidding section of the report has bid turnaround times shown with the price data. The schedule, cost and quality performance information is also included in a special "Performance" section of the job notes report.

Aggregate reporting on supplier performance is handled through the reports module, where several new reports are now listed:

  • Supplier Summary - includes a summary section on schedule and quality performance for each selected supplier(s) and job set.
  • Supplier Bid Performance - shows and summarizes bid turnaround times for the selected supplier(s) and job set.
  • Supplier Performance - shows and summarizes schedule and overall quality performance for the selected supplier(s) and job set.
  • Supplier Budget Performance - Shows and summarizes the budget, purchase order and actual cost fields for the selected supplier(s) and job set.

Licensing Requirements

These supplier performance features are not available for users on the ‘Basic’ license plan. Supplier performance tracking is available, at no extra cost, with our ‘Professional’ and ‘Enterprise’ licenses.