Ariba provides a simple and easy way to manage the catalog. Suppliers can send catalog updates that are filtered through an approval process, where the catalogs can be maintained in house (if desired). Suppliers also have the option to punchout to supplier sites so they can maintain the catalogs themselves.
Suppliers can send pricing updates as needed. On a Punchout side, they are responsible for maintaining an updated pricing.
Organizing Information in Catalogs
Ariba catalog items not only have a description coupled with multiple part numbers, but can have thumbnail images, full images, and provide links to an external website that can have additional information , acting as user guides
Searching for Catalog Items
Ariba’s catalog search engine allows one to search for various different fields such as supplier part number, description, and more. Additionally, keywords can be set up to allow for even more efficiency in searching, especially if a more generic search is desired (i.e. “toner”).