How to Import Generic Supplier Catalogues

Overview

Import a list of your catalogue items into simPRO in a generic format.

You can also import supplier-specific catalogues that have been especially formatted for simPRO. Contact your local branch or log in to a supplier's website to see if they have a supplier-specific catalogue.

There are three types of imports you can perform with a generic catalogue:

Complete

Imports all items from the new price file in the groups and subgroups defined in the file. Select when performing an initial import.

Update and Create New Part

Compares the part numbers of items from the new price file with those in the existing catalogue. If a part number in the new price file is not found in the catalogue, a new item entry is created in the catalogue in a group and subgroup defined by the new price file.

If you are updating your catalogue with your default supplier, trade prices are also updated. This option is useful if you wish to build up your catalogue to include all products from additional suppliers.

Update Only

Compares the part numbers of items from the price file with those in the existing catalogue but ignores additional items in the new price file. If you are updating your catalogue with your default supplier, trade prices are also updated.

If you are updating your catalogue using the Update and Create New Part or Update Only options and matching part numbers are found between the catalogue and the new price file, the import merges those items into one catalogue item with multiple suppliers. This is useful for comparing prices between different suppliers when raising a purchase order.

You may wish to test the import process with one or two catalogue items before importing an entire file.

US only: If you use simPRO in the United States, the term 'vendor' is used instead of 'supplier'.