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Collaborative quote requests

When companies order a piece of custom packaging for the first time, it can be hard to know all the specs and structural details required for their design. Now, suppliers can help bring those specs to the finish line.

  • Companies ordering a custom packaging piece for the first time can request a quote, even without completed specs. They just need to fill in information about the type of packaging, use case, and a few other details. Collaborative specs for customers.
  • Suppliers will see these opportunities tagged as Needs development and be able to suggest specs based on the information provided. Collaborative specs for suppliers.

Advanced Supplier Filters on Quote Requests

These new filters will reduce the time you spend sifting through quotes, and help you find the best-fit faster:

  • Prevent specific suppliers from viewing your request if, for example, you've worked with them in the past or if you're requoting with them currently.
  • Set a maximum supplier distance from your delivery location to optimize your shipping costs and transit time.
  • Narrow in on suppliers in specific countries or states to optimize your shipping costs and transit time.

Your quote request will only go out to specific suppliers you select and suppliers that meet all your advanced filter criteria. You'll find these new Advanced Filters in the Suppliers section of quote requests.

💡 Tip: As you add more filters, the supplier count in the top right of the quote request page will change.

Multi-item quoting

It's now possible to request quotes for multiple items at the same time!

When you create a quote request, you can now add as many items as you want. A multi-item request is useful for quoting items that will be produced together, for products that come in multiple sizes, flavors, colors, etc. You can also use multi-item quotes for packaging that contains multiple sub-components like inner boxes and inserts.

Suppliers will see a multi-item quote request if all the items included match their capabilities. As you add items you'll see how many suppliers can offer all of the items in one quote.

Additionally, we've made it easier to compare quotes between different items and suppliers at a glance from the quote request page.

Fixes and improvements for brands

  • Ability to request quotes for multiple items
  • New way to compare multiple quotes in a request
  • Select Styles when creating corrugated item specifications
  • Fixed bug causing incorrect message count on orders

Fixes and improvements for suppliers

  • Proofs can be downloaded from the order page
  • All quote requests show a "Final destination" address
  • Quote requests can have multiple items
  • Fixed "Share quote link" action
  • Fixed bug causing incorrect message count on orders

Quote digests and polish

Today, we’re making it simpler to keep up with your quote requests. Until now, you needed to log in to get a snapshot of all your quotes, and you needed to set up reminders about accepted quotes expiring on your own. Now Lumi sends you a weekly digest of your open quote requests and even sends you a reminder seven days before an accepted quote expires.

On top of these digests, we’ve also spent the last few weeks polishing the quote request flows across Lumi. As a result, you should see faster loading times, on-page design improvements, and supplier logos.

Fixes and improvements for brands

  • Ability to cancel quote requests
  • Added quote count, accepted quote count, and suppliers count to quote request list
  • Fixed bug where new messages did not appear after being sent
  • Tooltips added to butcher paper, tissue paper, and crinkle paper spec templates
  • New items have a default thumbnail image
  • Email notification when a supplier declines to quote on a request

Fixes and improvements for experts

With the release of multi-account access last month, we've also made improvements for managing multiple clients:

  • Workspace-specific URLs allow users to work in separate accounts in different tabs
  • Workspace-specific URLs to ensure users belonging to multiple accounts are properly directed
  • Updated workspace picker UI on login

This release includes big improvements to the quoting workflow for brands and suppliers on the new Lumi Platform. We've also added new capabilities for managing and tracking orders.

Improvements for brands

  • Added instant suggestions that help you improve the response rate on quote requests
  • Added a summary of specs to items on quote requests
  • Added a separate area for uploading production-ready documents to items
  • Simplified the interface for tracking order updates, focused on estimated completion and delivery dates
  • You can now view and download shipment documents including packing lists, BOLs, and proofs of delivery
  • Added estimated and actual delivery date tracking to shipments
  • Improved error warnings in various parts of the application
Quote request enhancements

Improvements for suppliers

  • Added quote request filters for annual volume, request date, and expiration date
  • You can now submit quotes for expired requests if you began a draft before the request expired
  • You can now log estimated completion dates and estimated delivery dates on orders
  • New shipment creation workflow, including uploading packing lists, BOLs, proof of delivery, and adding estimated delivery dates
  • Billing for actual shipping costs when a shipment is closed
Marketplace enhancements

Big day! We're so excited to share with you one of our biggest releases to date. 

Lumi Supplier Search

With Lumi Search finding the right suppliers and products is now easier than ever, and we've made it free for anyone to use!

  • Search thousands of suppliers in the United States, Mexico and Canada, with more countries coming soon
  • Filter suppliers by location, capabilities and certifications
  • Supplier profiles offer a detailed look at each factory's capabilities and related locations
  • Explore lists of suppliers curated by the Lumi team
  • Filter products by materials, sustainability properties and minimum order quantities
  • Dark mode! For all the night owls out there 🦉

If you're a paying member, you can also access these extra features:

  • Supplier scorecards with performance data from other Lumi members
  • Save suppliers to your supplier list
  • Kick off a multi-supplier quote request

Lumi Marketplace Beta

We're opening up the new version of Lumi to beta users — sign up here. If you are an existing customer and would like to join the beta, contact us. We'll be making these new features available to all users over the next few months.

  • Quote requests now allow you to either directly quote with one or more of your saved suppliers, or send your request to any relevant suppliers to quote — or both!
  • Message with suppliers on quotes and orders
  • Items have been revamped, with a new item and spec creation workflow
  • Supplier list helps you track your saved suppliers, and all your activity with them
  • New Dashboard home helps you see active orders and quotes at a glance

    Operating Manual

    To help you learn how to use these new features we've created the Operating Manual, searchable guides on how to use the Lumi Platform to source sustainable packaging and manage your supply chain. We'll be adding to it frequently, so let us know if you see anything missing!

    Factory scorecards

    Meet the new factory scorecards on Lumi! Three key features are now available when you receive quotes:

    • Factory Highlights gives you personalized insights about the strengths of each factory
    • Best Match identifies the best fit for your needs
    • Performance Metrics provide insight into the factory's quality standards and on-time delivery

    Our goal with these new features wast to give you more insight into each factory, so you can make informed decisions when you source packaging on Lumi. Read more on our blog.

    Other improvements and fixes

    • Quotes can now be exported to CSV
    • Manufacturer feedback has been improved
    • Added Google Analytics support for Lumi ID so you can track visits to your QR code pages
    • Added billing contact settings so you can automatically forward invoices
    • Invalid payment methods no longer are available when making payments
    • Fixed a bug where production update emails displayed the wrong estimated delivery date
    • Fixed a bug that allowed messages in a Project to be repeatedly sent while loading
    • Fixed a scrolling issue with the Quotes list on touch screen devices

    Quote comparison improvements

    Thanks to all your feedback on the new Quote Comparison features, we've been hard at work on a set of improvements that are now available in Lumi:

    • Clearer layout of the cost breakdown for quotes
    • Quotes that don't include freight estimates are called out more clearly
    • Duties and tariffs included on every price break
    • More information added to pages for rejected, declined, and expired quotes
    • Summary information is now displayed when selecting a quote
    • Specifications moved to a separate tab on the quote page
    • Faster page loading
    • Mobile layout fixes
    • Small visual bug fixes

    Compare quotes with new marketplace features

    The latest update to Lumi includes a set of features we're particularly excited about: an all-new way to manage your quoting process and choose the best option for every packaging component you need.

    With this release, we’re giving your team the tools to better understand costs, compare across manufacturers, and respond directly in the Lumi interface. You can read more about this release on our blog.

    • Compare quotes across manufacturers
    • See all the quotes you received across products in a single view
    • Filter and sort by quote, product group, lead time and status
    • See the detailed cost break down for every quote
    • View landed unit prices, savings, and first-order versus reorder costs
    • Respond to quotes through the platform and give feedback to manufacturers

    We've created some resources so you can learn more about how costs are broken up, how to use filters, and accepting and rejecting quotes.