There is a tendency when deploying Product Information Management (PIM) solutions, that you may want to add a portal for your trading partners:
- Manufacturers may have a customer portal where their downstream re-sellers can fetch the nicely arranged product information that is the result of their PIM implementation.
- As a merchant, you could have a supplier portal where your upstream suppliers can deliver their information nicely arranged according to your product information standards in your PIM implementation.
However, this is a dead end for both manufacturers and merchants, because:
- Manufacturers and you as a merchant probably follow different standards, so one must obey to the other. The result is that one side will have a lot of manual and costly work to do to obey the strongest trading partner. Only a few will be the strongest all time.
- If all manufacturers have a customer portal and all merchants have a supplier portal everyone will be waiting for the other and no product information will flow in the supply chains.
This topic was discussed in the post PIM Supplier Portals: Are They Good or Bad?
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