A fresh layout and new features: The purchasing area within ITscope has been completely restructured and extended by new tools during the past months. Feedback and requests from numerous ITscope users have been directly integrated into the reconstruction of the area.
If you have already used the current purchasing area, you will likely get along instantly. We have seamlessly integrated the new features into the proven interface but added important tools for collaboration and comprehensive procurement procedures for sales and buying agents.
In this article, you will read what’s new and how you can max out your benefits from the new functionalities.
- New layout: multiple shopping carts for segmentation of your demands
- Send online price inquiries to several distributors at the same time
- Seamless integration: order directly from within a quote
- Easier collaboration between team members
- Context is king: all information that you need
1. New layout: multiple shopping carts for segmentation of your demands
As soon as you have activated the new purchasing area in our test lab, you will see a “General cart”. You can expand this cart now by clicking on the arrow icon on the left of the cart name and will see the three status columns that you are already used to: Shopping cart, Non-placed orders and Placed orders.
The zoom functionality lets you view more details of each of your shopping carts. Simply click on the little square icon with arrows inside on the top left corner of the cart that you would like to see in detail.
By clicking on the button “Create cart”, you may add as many new shopping carts as you would like. This enables you to divide your demands 100% individually and according to the requirements of your organisation. Especially for large purchasing team (or when buying and sales agents simultaneously work within the purchasing area of ITscope) profit from this new feature.
Here are a few examples of how you could segment your purchasing area into multiple shopping carts:
- By customer: Segment your procurement work by customers or customer groups. This is particularly favourable if you have customers that regularly request products from you.
- By project: With more comprehensive ICT projects, various article are often needed in larger amounts. By allocating these items to separate project carts, clarity is significantly increased and you will remain on top of your projects.
- By agent: If your customers have a permanent account manager within your company, then it might be useful to create shopping carts by employees.
- By time of requirement: Do you typically order on a daily basis but would like to collect items for certain projects until the order is placed officially? Then you might want to create one shopping cart for “daily requirements” and one for “in progress”.
- By mode of dispatch: Which articles shall be sent to you, and which ones must be directly delivered to your customers via dropshipment? By dividing your purchasing board into shopping carts “for dropshipment” and “direct delivery to us”, you can minimize the risk of confusing shipping modes.
Obviously, you can move all articles conveniently by drag & drop between your shopping carts at any time.
All shopping carts can be filtered by assigned user or status, too. By using the “Archive” functionality, you can blend out those orders that are no longer needed.