Browsing marketplaces can be a great way to explore scientific products. But what if the specific product that you are looking for is not so easy to find, or if you don’t yet know exactly which instrument you need? Or if there are many similar brands and models that could all potentially be suitable?
At the moment, arguably the most common approach is to look for instruments yourself by using search engines and reading information from different suppliers. For each supplier, you would then have to ask for brochures and quotes, which can consume considerable amounts of time. To make matters worse, it is often difficult to find smaller suppliers whose rankings are too low to appear in search results. Many of these suppliers are startups and smaller companies offering innovative new scientific products and laboratory instruments. How many potentially helpful new technologies and devices are out there whose existence was unbeknownst to you?
Let suppliers find you
To make it easier for professionals to find suitable scientific equipment and products, we have created a service where research and industry professionals can post their requests. Through a simple form, requesters can directly ask for a specific item or brand or model. Alternatively, they can also describe their needs and challenges in broader terms. Seeing posted requests, suppliers can then reply and suggest suitable solutions and products and send quotes.
Requests can also be useful for buyers who wish to compare different solutions and offers. Instead of having to contact many different suppliers one by one, they can simply post their needs and wait for suppliers to reply with offers and quotes for their scientific products. This procedure can also be used in procurement in tenders where organisations aim to purchase the most suitable scientific equipment for the best price and conditions. In many cases, a combination of actively looking for solutions and posting a request may work as well, as each strategy is likely to give different results.
How can I post a request?
On the QuestPair website, simply navigate to ReQuest, and post your request. All you have to do is come up with a title and a short description. Answers from manufacturers and suppliers will be send directly to your email address, and you can choose to reply to the ones you like. While your request’s title and description are publicly visible, your email and contact information will not be visible on the website. If so desired, you can log in and update or remove your request(s) later, or post additional ones – as many as you like!
For suppliers: how to reply to a request?
Suppliers can browse requests and fill in a reply, which will then be send to the email of the requester. The requester can then get in touch with you to ask for a quote or more information. Signing up as a supplier brings other advantages as well: you can post your products and scientific devices on QuestPair and benefit from free visibility and exposure. Please feel free to contact us in case you would like to receive additional information or have questions or suggestions.
Scientific products are created and sold by many different manufacturers and resellers all over the world. We have developed a marketplace where industry professionals can view and request information on different products and laboratory equipment that are posted by suppliers. Besides exploring products, it is also possible to request a solution or product by posting your need or challenge on our ReQuest page. We are always aiming to further improve our services. If you have feedback or suggestions please let us know!