This article will explain all you need to know about vendors in BuildingConnected. It covers:
- The definition of a vendor.
- The information a vendor has access to.
- Steps to take if a subcontractor you invite to a project incorrectly has vendor access.
Understanding vendors and their role in BuildingConnected will help ensure that subcontractors you work with are granted the appropriate access to your projects’ details.
A vendor is someone that your subcontractor wants to share project information with. These can be suppliers they use or even sub-tier subcontractors. Vendors have restricted access to your project. They can view project information and project files, but cannot submit a bid, view messages, view the bid form, or any of your subcontractors' internal tracking information.
When a vendor attempts to access the "Messages," "Bid Form," or "Tracking" tabs they see the following:
I invited a subcontractor to a project but they are showing up as a vendor? What can I do?
First, the subcontractor should remove themselves as a vendor from that opportunity. Once removed, re-invite the subcontractor to the project. The subcontractor should access the project details from the invite they receive to ensure they have the appropriate access.
Is a vendor different than a follower?
Yes, followers are employees of companies that the general contractor invited to the project. Any follower can add a colleague to a project as a follower so that the colleague has full access to files, messages, and bid forms.
How do I know if a vendor has been added to a project?
For information on how to identify vendors on projects, click here.