The change from paper-based processes to electronic processes can improve the process cycle time and will reduce the effort for our suppliers as well as for Bell business. The benefit of this future-oriented modification step will result in a better process quality for all our companies.

Within the scope of this ongoing optimization process we expect a basic open-mindedness for this new technology from our suppliers. All Bell suppliers shall:

  • Participate in our electronic request for quotation, offering and negotiation activities (e-RFQ/e-Auction) as well as in the training activities.
  • Improvement of supplier IT-systems (e-mail, CAD, Windows Office, Internet Browser, etc.) in order to meet Bell Helicopter and market standards.
  • Accompaniment of software pilot projects in the range from engineering, purchasing, quality assurance to logistics until the full introduction


Ariba software will be used to send indirect purchase orders. Suppliers will need the capability to receive purchase orders electronically either by e-mail or by signing up with Ariba Services Network. The supplier will be contacted prior to the setup of this process.

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