Vendor Catalog is another extension for Pimics.
It allows to control and manage incoming data from vendors and suppliers. This module also contains items, but they are independent of your standard Business Central items. However, there is a process to move items from Vendor Catalog to your items and later on to your sales and marketing channels. We call this process item activation. Our customers use a couple of import types to get data into Vendor Catalog. See the topic Import to get more about these possibilities.
The Vendor Catalog contains similar data as Pimics does. But it should be used just for control of importing data. All product management should be done in Pimics modules like Product Information Management, Classifications, and Publications. There is better functionality to handle all the requirements of managing rich data.
One of the important topics of Vendor Catalog is to make a mapping between incoming data and your data. Because you can get the same product from two different suppliers you need to merge it into one. In this case, you will have two items (or more) in the Vendor Catalog. Another topic is that not all data is good enough to use it. All of these topics are handled during Item Activation.
The most common tasks in Vendor Catalog
- Import files like Excel, BMECat, DataNorm to Vendor Catalog
- Management of vendor items
- Select and activate items to master data