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In R12, the catalog is unified; it is managed in the form of GBPAs. You can also try to use the same method for supplier catalogs as well.
In the GBPA, there is a concept of "Supplier Authoring". The buyer can create a GBPA and enable supplier authoring. The suppliers can access these GBPAs in iSupplier Portal and add lines to it. When they complete, the GBPA can be submited.
Then the system sends a notification to the buyer for acceptance. Once buyer accepts, the changes are merged into the GBPA and GBPA is routed for approval. After the approval the new changes are pushed to the catalog as well.
In the catalog you have features like search, compare and etc, which can help to narrow down the selection.
Oracle iProcurement allows you to access supplier-hosted catalogs.
This takes you out of the work of maintaining supplier's prices.
The punchout process can connect to the catalog; get item details (and pricing) and create requisition.
Look for "supplier-hosted" at http://docs.oracle.com/cd/A87860_01/doc/appdev.817/a86030/adx10ip2.htm
See "Content Control" at http://www.oracle.com/us/products/applications/058259.pdf
Thanks Guys. Let me go through the documentation and get back to you.
It looks like we may need to consider implementing iSupplier.
I still need some information like
1. Is it possible to compare prices of the item across Punch out sites?
2. Currently, supplier system is expected to show the negotiated prices of the items when we punchout to their site. Insome cases suppliers may miss to update the negotiated prices and would like to have a report to pull such information. Is there any Oracle standard way of doing this?