4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 18, 2012 3:29 PM by user392166

    Our challenges in Purchasing area..need your help


      We're on R12.1.3 of Oracle eBusiness Suite.

      We trying to identify if any Oracle product/tool/application in Procurement area available to meet the following business requirements in Procurement.

      1. Supplier Catalog Hosting: Is there an Oracle tool that will allow suppliers to host their own on-line catalogs. Currently, for the strategic suppliers who are not capable of doing this, our company hosts and maintains the internal catalogs. Because we host this internally, we are only able to manage and maintain a certain number of items. If the items are subject to frequent price changes, it makes it more difficult to keep up with our growing list of internal catalogs. A supplier hosted option would allow us to accelerate our catalog implementations, funnel more purchases through our National accounts and standardize the data that our purchasing managers use for their negotiations.

      2. Price Comparison among various punchouts. We would be interested in a technology that compares prices for all of our catalogs and offers the flexibility to do the comparison off of a key word search, category or manufactures part number.

      3. Reporting on off contract pricing issues. Currently, with our punchouts, our suppliers maintain the prices per the our negotiated rate. We have seen situations before where invoices are held for price reasons because the supplier did not price the item correctly. Catching this after the fact creates non value added work for both the purchasing administration staff and the A/P group. Is there a solution where we can load prices for key items into OBI and have the system automatically compare it to our purchases to ensure that we are getting the agreed upon rate.

      Your help is really appreciated on this.


        • 1. Re: Our challenges in Purchasing area..need your help
          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.

          Thanks, Raja
          • 2. Re: Our challenges in Purchasing area..need your help
            Sandeep Gandhi, Consultant
            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

            Sandeep Gandhi
            • 3. Re: Our challenges in Purchasing area..need your help
              Thanks Guys. Let me go through the documentation and get back to you.
              • 4. Re: Our challenges in Purchasing area..need your help
                Thanks Raja.
                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?