Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:11:41 AM
  • Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2019 6:46 PM
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Can we have a feature for B2B ?
> Buyer uploads his product list
> While he searches, only those items will be displayed
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  • Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 5:11 AM
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What is a product list? What format?

We do a lot of B2B but i have never run across this.
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  • Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:52 AM
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Large companies will have their inventory list (product list) with them. The formats can be in excel, xml, json. mainly this resides in the Buyer ERP/Procurement software platform or they use MS Excel to do the same.

The process flow goes like this...
Buyer sends the Request for Quote to different Sellers in terms of inventory list and Sellers put their quote price against each items.

To make this process efficient, a better solution is to map the different Buyers Inventory lists and Seller Product Catalog lists and automate the entire process.
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  • Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 2:28 PM
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So ive come across RFQ lists from certain customers where they basically try to do exactly what you said. Let's say on average we get 1-4 items per line but i could see it being larger in other cases.

Typically sent to us in excel format.

I guess my question is, how do you associate a line on their rfq list with a specific inventory item of:

1. They misspell it
2. They dont use a part # of yours but instead use a manufacturer part number
3. Each RFQ is formatted differently ? (I.e. column 2 contains MPN while another rfq comes MPN in column 3 with the description.

How can you standardize a way of implementing this thst ensures it is extendible into the future and works with more than one customer rfq format.
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  • Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 2:59 PM
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I suppose one way would be to upload their specific RFQ format, to their custom account. Associate the fields with a part number you want to search for.

Or to make it more extensible, allow any customer to upload their own rfq format and then you have to build a way of letting them map those entities to your product #'s.

Thus, when they upload it would search based on the previously mapped entities.

I realize it is "custom oriented" service that puts this stress on the seller however i wonder if it is just easier to say to them, go ahead and log into your account and search for the items on our site. Have a nice day.
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  • Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 3:48 AM
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Bill wrote:
So ive come across RFQ lists from certain customers where they basically try to do exactly what you said. Let's say on average we get 1-4 items per line but i could see it being larger in other cases.

Typically sent to us in excel format.

I guess my question is, how do you associate a line on their rfq list with a specific inventory item of:

1. They misspell it
2. They dont use a part # of yours but instead use a manufacturer part number
3. Each RFQ is formatted differently ? (I.e. column 2 contains MPN while another rfq comes MPN in column 3 with the description.

How can you standardize a way of implementing this thst ensures it is extendible into the future and works with more than one customer rfq format.


Buyer's can use our portal to order items, but they need to search only through their inventory list and when they select an item we can show the products from different sellers mapped. Now comes mapping of inventory list to product catalog, which we can done in following ways,
1. A mapping engine with different rules can do this.
2. Tags can be used to find the matching items.
3. Each inventory items will be mapped to one or more products.
4. Options can be shown to the buyer while a
5. Standardizing can be a continual learning process from the order history.
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  • Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2019 7:10 AM
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Bill wrote:
What is a product list? What format?

We do a lot of B2B but i have never run across this.


How does B2B work in grandnode, Quote to Cash ?
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