Panjiva helps users find international suppliers and manufacturers. The site provides visitors with a convenient search tool that allows them to enter a keyword, such as a type of product. After entering the keyword, the user is presented with a list of suppliers who provide that product. Each listing includes the suppler name, location, product description, what kind of customers they work with and which products matched them with the user’s search. Filter options are also provided so the user can sort based on supplier location, shipment information, contact information, credit rating, red flag status, certifications, affiliations and data source. Users can also toggle between customers and suppliers when searching Panjiva.Show more screenshots »
Panjiva was founded in 2006 by Josh Green and James Psota. The application was created to provide users with an easier way to locate suppliers that work across national borders. The concept was born out of a need experienced by Josh Green. In 2005, Green was asked to find replacement suppliers for the ones his company was currently using. What he found was that while there was a significant amount of information about companies on the internet, none of it was helpful in choosing a new supplier. After talking with his MIT friend, Psota, the pair came up with the idea for Panjiva. The company currently remains relatively small, consisting of fewer than 20 individuals located in New York City. The team currently includes CEO Green, CTO Psota and Director Michael Brown.
Panjiva provides users with relevant information that can help them find a supplier that will meet their needs. Before Panjiva, locating this type of information was difficult and it was rarely centralized. The application has brought together a wealth of details that are actually relevant to manufacturing and supply industry.
Panjiva invites users with a clean, laid back design. A white background offsets the darkly colorful world map that makes up the center of the homepage. On top of the map, a search tool bar can be accessed. The top, right hand side of the homepage provides users with additional links to access the buyer and supplier areas or learn more about Panjiva and its affiliates. The search results are also presented in a neat list with plenty of information.
A new visitor is not required to register to search for suppliers or customers on Panjiva. However to access all of the applications’ current features and data, the user must subscribe. This can be done by clicking the blue and white “See Plans and Pricing” button in the lower, right hand corner of the homepage. The user can click the blue and white “Sign Up” button that corresponds with their desired membership plan. The registration form asks the user for a first and last name, company name, phone number, email address and password. The user must also check the box at the bottom of the form if they are a supplier interested in new customers. The second portion of the form asks the user for billing information. The user can review their order at the very bottom of the form before submitting the information.
Panjiva users are given the option of three membership plans. The first costs around $100 per month and includes access for one user, U.S. customs data, the ability to view up to five company profiles per day, unlimited company searches, up to 50 raw U.S. custom data searches per month, up to three company comparisons and a cost of around $50 for verified contact information. The mid-range plan costs around $400 per month and upgrades to include U.S. census data, viewing of unlimited company profiles, unlimited raw U.S. customs data searches, unlimited company comparisons and one month of free verified credential information. The third plan costs around $1,000 per month and includes access for unlimited users, an additional 13 data sources and four months of free verified contact information.
Panjiva is intended for companies and professionals who need to find suppliers. The application is very easy to use, although it might be a bit costly for a small business or startup company. Users can gather a great deal of information and explore many supply options using Panjiva.