Oct 17, 2023
5 min to read
Discover the features of Akeneo’s recently announced Supplier Data Manager, a simple and scalable portal that streamlines the collection, management, and enrichment of supplier-provided information and assets, ensuring efficiency and accuracy across the entire supply chain.
For retailers and distributors, one of the most formidable challenges faced is the need to gather vast amounts of data and assets from a number of different suppliers. It’s a complex puzzle of data points, visual media, and spreadsheets, exacerbated by the fact that each supplier has its own unique way of organizing and communicating data.
That’s why we here at Akeneo recently launched Supplier Data Manager: a simple, scalable, and collaborative way to collect product data from all your suppliers. Akeneo’s Supplier Data Manager streamlines the collection, management, and enrichment of supplier-provided information and assets, ensuring efficiency and accuracy in this critical process.
If you want to learn more about the announcement, you can read the formal press release here, or continue on to learn more about why we built Supplier Data Manager, what it does, and how you can learn more.
Retailers and distributors need to collect information and assets on thousands of products from hundreds of suppliers. That’s an operational and logistical challenge because:
Without an efficient way to collect supplier-provided product data, companies often experience the following pain points:
Slow time-to-market – New product launches and updates to existing product content are delayed because the process of collecting information and assets is inefficient.
Low quality data & lack of governance – Without proper guardrails in place, retailers may be stuck dealing with massive spreadsheets full of low quality, unstructured data.
Inefficient communication – Retailers and suppliers often struggle to communicate effectively to share requirements and/or request additional information.
Without a solution like Supplier Data Manager, retailers are most likely to rely on inefficient workarounds including:
Akeneo Supplier Data Manager provides an easy-to-use portal that enables retailers and distributors to collect, manage, and enrich supplier-provided product information and assets.
Akeneo Supplier Data Manager is available as an add-on module within Akeneo PIM, and helps simplify supplier data onboarding, driving measurable benefits and efficient communication.
Supplier Data Manager makes it easy for you to configure your suppliers, have them upload product files or fill out a template, and map the data to Akeneo PIM for easy import.
Easily add suppliers directly within the PIM UI, either manually or via bulk import. Empower designated contributors with secure, dedicated portal access via email invitations.
Enable your suppliers to easily upload their most up-to-date product data spreadsheets using a simple drag-and-drop user interface.
Suppliers can share media files to enrich the product information already collected. Retailers can convert media into assets and link them to PIM products with a single click.
Provide suppliers with templates to ensure you receive precisely the data you need. Avoid back and forth with suppliers by leveraging guidelines and mandatory attributes from the start, reducing excess back-and-forth communication.
Collaborate more efficiently with suppliers directly in the portal by giving them visibility into file history and status updates, and leaving them comments about specific products, attributes, or images.
After collecting product data and collaborating with suppliers to get what you need, it’s simple to map everything to your PIM data structure, leverage basic rules to clean and normalize the data, and import everything with just the click of a button.
A simple, scalable, and collaborative way to collect product data from all your suppliers drives measurable benefits such as:
Are you ready to witness Supplier Data Manager in action? If you’re a current Akeneo customer, Join us live for Supplier Data Manager in Action on November 8 at 11:00 am ET/5:00 pm CET or reach out to your Customer Success Manager to learn more. If you’re not yet an Akeneo customer, you can request a demo and an Akeneo expert will walk you through the solution.
Reach out to an Akeneo expert today to see how we can help you improve your supplier relations and streamline your product information processes to provide stellar customer experiences.
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