Catalogue Management

Effective and strategic catalogue management helps to ensure the quality of product data and that the data are configurable to the buyer's required format (CIPS: Content and catalogue management)

Information about Catalogue Management

Catalogue management ensures the quality of product data and its configurability to the buyer's required format. It is a dynamic process that enables suppliers to quickly broadcast product and price changes, and introduce new items. (CIPS: Content and catalogue management; Ross, 2002).

An electronic catalogue (e-catalogue) is a web resource that provides information on products and services offered and sold by a vendor, and supports on-line ordering and payment capabilities (Lysons & Farrington, 2006). Key elements of a catalogue are product names, product hierarchy, descriptions, prices and supplier and internal codes (CIPS: Selecting an e-procurement solution). E-catalogues are predominantly used for procuring frequently replenished indirect goods and services, but may also provide purchasing guidelines to facilitate complicated procurements that are rare and valuable (CIPS: Content and catalogue management).

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