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A distributor wanted to improve the way they sourced inventory for their orders. They wasted too much time on vendor and service provider websites. This resulted in missed orders because by the time they found one vendor’s products, they had lost another.

Challenges

The distributor had to search multiple vendor sites to get better pricing and availability with each order. Multiple supplier searches were required for orders with multiple items. Due to time constraints, some products from multiple vendors were not fully researched, resulting in inefficient purchases. Additionally, these product searches were to be used to power their catalog on their e-commerce and online stores, and their buying process and online store catalog updates also needed to be improved.

Solutions

Using PromoLink’s catalog manager from Web Services Pros (booth N1174), product and inventory data was automatically imported into the e-commerce platform and online stores. With our supplier search index, the distributor can now search for suppliers and quickly check their catalogs and stock levels across multiple supplier data in one stop. They were also able to create, monitor and configure purchase orders using the Purchase Order Portal module. In addition, the brand new application, “Reconcile Purchase Orders”, allowed them to reconcile supplier invoices with purchase orders with little effort.

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