What Is Achilles Link-Up and How Does It Work?

There’s no doubting that technological advancements in the transportation sector have made it easier for people and commodities to move from one area to another in a timely manner.

The fact is that whether people or material things are transported, it is critical that the entire route be secure and trustworthy.

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It is particularly possible for purchasing organisations in the rail industry to accomplish this by ensuring that the suppliers they use are legal and that they only utilise high-quality parts, components, and accessories when purchasing. Achilles Link-Up provides a method for rail companies to achieve this goal.

What Is Achilles Link-Up and How Does It Work?

Achilles Link-Up is a new supplier registration and pre-qualification system that was developed by Achilles. It provides buyers in the rail industry with access to the most up-to-date validated supplier information and ensures that they may procure while remaining compliant with all applicable UK legislation and guidelines.

At the time of writing, purchasers in the rail industry in the United Kingdom could only receive assurance services through the RISQS. Achilles Link-Up, on the other hand, has lately been recognised by the RSSB as a legitimate alternative to RISQS for rail industry purchasers.

Achilles Link-Up began birth in 1997 as a supplier registration and pre-qualification system for the transportation industry, and it has grown to become much more. As of today, Achilles Link-Up provides rail sector buyers with a cutting-edge and individualised approach to supplier assurance that is unparalleled in the industry.

What Are the Advantages of the Achilles Link-Up System?

Achilles Link-Up provides a wealth of benefits to buyers and suppliers in the rail industry, including the following:

Network Rail has given their approval.

If purchasing organisations in the rail industry in the United Kingdom want to ensure compliance with RSSB Standards and other industry standards, they must eventually operate with recognised suppliers. This assures that all safety-critical items, works, and services are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and are legitimately provided.

Achilles Link-Up is the only independent supplier of registration and pre-qualification systems that has been approved by the RSSB (at the time of writing). In addition to RISQS, which will be managed directly by RSSB starting in August 2021, there are two other programmes.

Access to 50,000 Suppliers in a matter of minutes

Although it is not a secret that the RSSB has tough requirements for vendors, there are certain expectations that suppliers must achieve before they can be certified as suppliers.

In addition, Achilles Link-Up allows customers such as GWR and MACE to quickly and easily connect with more than 50,000 suppliers from a wide range of areas and industries, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Support for Multiple Languages

Another advantage of adopting Achilles Link-Up is that the system is capable of supporting a variety of languages. It is primarily designed to handle the English language, but it also includes support for nine more European languages in order to better serve international consumers and vendors.

Buyers and suppliers may do business with a single point of contact.

Working with a variety of systems is a hurdle that purchasing organisations in a variety of industries must overcome. It might take a significant amount of time and effort to qualify potential suppliers if buyers must do their research on many platforms.

For the same reason, if suppliers in most industries want to attract procurement teams, they will almost always need to operate with a variety of systems. Achilles Link-Up, on the other hand, provides a centralised platform where buyers and suppliers in the rail industry may communicate and collaborate.

What is the procedure for auditing?

Finally, one question that suppliers who are new to Achilles Link-Up are likely to ask is, “How does auditing function with the system?”

The Achilles Link-Up audit is carried out in accordance with the Network Rail Level 2 Manual NR/L2/SCO/302 – Supplier Qualification Requirements, which may be found on their website. Suppliers are subjected to audits in accordance with one or more appropriate audit modules.

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