Fabric PIM enables merchants to store all their vendor information inside in a central location.

A vendor is an individual, company, or organization in the supply chain that makes goods and services available to the merchants. A vendor could be a middle party that sources the goods and sells it to the merchant or they could be the direct manufacturer or supplier of a product.

Before creating a vendor, you must map certain basic attributes in PIM Vendor Attribute Mapping Settings. These basic attributes are used by PIM and other systems to deliver a consistent experience across channels. 

Every vendor in PIM is differentiated by a unique attribute value, usually a Vendor ID that serves as the primary identifier for any operation to be performed on the vendor. For example, PIM uses the term "Vendor ID" to refer to a unique identifier while some merchants use the terms "Vendor #" or "Vendor Number." Each of the basic attributes must be mapped to exactly one attribute from the list of vendor attributes.

PIM settings page
PIM settings page

Following is a list of limitations on what can be mapped to these basic attributes.

Mapping Name

Attribute Specifications

Mapping Specification

Why is this needed to be mapped?

Vendor ID

Must be a serial attribute

Required before creating a vendor

Mapping cannot be changed after a vendor has been created

This attribute serves as the primary identifier for vendors to be created in PIM

Vendor name

Must be a text/number type attribute

Required before creating a vendor

Mapping cannot be changed after a vendor has been created

This attribute helps PIM identify the display name of the vendor

Vendor Status

Must be a boolean attribute

Required before creating a vendor

This attribute defines the status of the vendor to be Published = TRUE/FALSE

 

Go to Vendors from the left navigation pane to see a list of available vendors. Click Create a vendor to see all the attribute groups created for the vendors.

Vendors list page
Vendors list page

 

Any attributes without a group will appear in the Other attributes group at the bottom of the page. Click on the Edit button to edit any particular attribute group.


Vendor attributes group page
Vendor attributes group page

 

Add the values for the attributes, then select Save.

Vendor attributes detail page
Vendor attributes detail page

The status of the attribute group will change. Once all groups status has changed from Missing Value to Completed/Optional, the Publish button will be enabled for the vendor.

Vendor Attribute Group status

  • Not started - For attribute groups where no attribute has any value and the progress hasn’t started
  • In progress - For attribute groups where at least one attribute has been assigned a valid value
  • Completed - For attribute groups where all mandatory attributes have been assigned a valid value
  • Optional - For attribute groups where all attributes are non-mandatory


Vendor attributes - partially completed
Vendor attributes - partially completed

 

Vendors usually have one or more location attached to them. Examples include reverse logistics addresses, P.O. addresses, and warehouse addresses. Fabric PIM Vendor Management provides the capability of adding locations to the vendors directly instead of having to manage the locations with attributes.

Once the vendor is created, go to the Locations tab inside a vendor. You will see a list of existing locations or an unpopulated list if there are no locations. Click on Add Location to enter a new location.

Vendor locations page
Vendor locations page

Enter the required information and click Save when completed. NOTE: Location ID will be automatically generated by the system.

Vendor location details page
Vendor location details page

 

Vendors normally have multiple points of contact for various business activities. Examples include payment, inventory, shipping, and reverse logistics contacts. Fabric PIM Vendor Management provides the capability of adding contacts to the vendors directly.

Once a vendor is created, select the Contacts tab inside a vendor. You will see a list of existing contacts or an unpopulated list if there are no contacts. Click on Add Contacts to enter a new contact.

Vendor contacts page
Vendor contacts page

Enter the required information and click Save when completed. NOTE: Location ID will be automatically generated by the system.

Vendor contacts details page
Vendor contacts details page

 

Select Vendors from the left navigation panel and a list of available vendors is displayed.

Vendors list page
Vendors list page

Click on the vendor you want to edit. NOTE: Published vendors cannot be edited. Select Unpublish to enable editing.


Vendor attributes group page
Vendor attributes group page

Click on the Attribute group you want to modify, select Edit and make the desired changes. Select Save when completed. You can also select Locations and Contacts to perform updates. 


Vendor attributes page
Vendor attributes page

Select Publish to make the vendor visible to downstream systems.

 

Select Vendors from the left navigation panel and a list of available vendors is displayed. Click on the vendor you want to remove and select Delete. 

Vendor attributes page
Vendor attributes page
Select Yes in the warning dialog and the vendor will be permanently removed from the Fabric PIM.

 

Last update: Aug 17, 2021

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