The email module makes it easy to communicate with your suppliers as well as other SpendMap users (i.e. your staff).
You can send paperless Purchase Orders, Releases and RFQs to your suppliers by email, including the documents themselves, terms and conditions pages and any type of attachments.
Internally (within your company), email can also be sent to other SpendMap users. SpendMap will send automatic “email notifications” when certain events occur, such as an email to a manager to let them know that they need to approve a Requisition, an email to the requisitioner if their request was rejected, an email to the Buyer if an invoice discrepancy needs their attention, and so on.
Any of SpendMap’s 100+ reports can be sent by email and you can even schedule reports to be delivered automatically. For example, you might arrive each morning to find a list of late orders in your In Box or perhaps a list of items that need to be reordered.
The PunchOut Module is used to connect SpendMap to your suppliers’ e-commerce web sites to share item catalog content and Purchase Order data over the Internet.
You can shop on popular e-commerce web sites like Amazon, Staples, Dell, Grainger and Corporate Express, select items from their on-line catalogs and submit Purchase Orders electronically, all from within SpendMap.
You can browse your suppliers’ on-line item catalogs to select items for Requisitions and POs, as opposed to selecting from the SpendMap internal Item Master File. This means less catalog maintenance efforts on your part since the supplier is responsible for maintaining item catalog details (part list, descriptions, up-to-date pricing, etc.). This is especially important if you buy a large number of items from one or more suppliers (eg. suppliers like Staples, Dell and Corporate Express offer thousands of items).
SpendMap includes XML technology to integrate directly with your suppliers’ ordering systems. Orders are placed instantaneously, on-line, resulting in faster order turnaround since the supplier does not have to manually enter the order in their system as they would if you placed the order by fax, e-mail, hard copy or verbally. In addition to reduced turnaround time, your suppliers may also pass these labor savings back to you in the way of lower prices for orders that are placed electronically.
In the past, buyers had to pick between the convenience of placing orders on their suppliers’ e-commerce sites and the control and accurate record keeping of an internal procurement system. With SpendMap’s PunchOut Module, you get the best of both worlds – the control and reporting capabilities that can only come with an in-house purchasing system along with the ease-of-use and rich item catalog content of your suppliers’ on-line ordering systems.
The Barcode Module simplifies consumable inventory and asset related transactions in SpendMap.
Instead of manually typing in item details, you can scan barcodes when performing inventory counts and other transactions, resulting in less data entry, faster processing time and fewer errors.
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