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8.10.0 Release Features and Functionality (October 31, 2018)

BuyerQuest 8.10, released on October 31, 2018, includes a number of new and enhanced features.

New Feature Video 

Request for Quotation Overview

See the topic Complete and Submit a Request for Quote (RFQ) for a video overview of the RFQ process in the BuyerQuest Marketplace. 

Marketplace Module

Bundles Benefit from Redesigned Display of Key Information  

Bundled Products are easier to configure and order because of a cleaner and more complete display of key information for selecting options. The Bundles detail page features an improved presentation of configurable options, along with skus and available images.

Linked products associated to bundle options feature the linked product icon and messaging indicates when linked items are automatically added to the cart. Selection of a product with linked items displays the linked items details.  

Configurable Bundle Example

Platform Module

Differentiated Catalog Pricing Supports Pricing by Group

BuyerQuest provides a robust framework supporting Differentiated Catalog Pricing - where a product is featured in multiple catalogs and listed at a different price in each one. This allows the same product to be purchased at different prices, according to the purchasing group. 

Differentiated Catalog Pricing is a key enabler in a shared Marketplace, providing support for group purchasing organizations (known as GPOs) or franchised buying organizations. Suppliers upload product catalogs and each catalog may specify different negotiated pricing. The catalogs are mapped to Content Groups - and the pricing is then based on who is buying - depending on the buying member, site, or region the Content Group represents. 

Buyers are shown one active price for a given product, based on the catalog mapped to the buyer's content group. If a Buyer has access to multiple catalogs with different pricing, they will see the lowest price. 

Differentiated Catalog Pricing is enabled in the Common Fields File upload and can be reviewed and managed in the Manage Products area of the Admin Control Panel. 

Watch the video for an in-depth discussion of how Differentiated Pricing can be implemented in the BuyerQuest Marketplace. 

See Documentation Topics:

Self-Service Catalog Management Overview
Catalog Upload - Common Fields
Catalog Upload - Tiered Pricing
Catalog Files - Detailed Description
Create Content Groups
Manage Products Grid
Differentiated Catalog Pricing
Product Exports

Increased Relevance of Filterable Attributes in Search Results 

Marketplace buyers experience greater speed to product selection and overall improved search performance due to significant improvements in product attribute processing, display, and filtering. 

Attributes used in search result display and filtering benefit from improved relevancy ranking. The results page features a maximum display of eight attributes. Category, Supplier, Price, and Manufacturer display for all products and the four additional attributes shown are the most relevant to products featured in the search results, as measured by frequency of occurrence. 

Additional attributes are available for filtering from the Add Filter list in descending order by number of products associated with them. 

See Documentation Topics: 

Search Products and Services 

Content Group Selection is Easier, More Efficient

Administrators benefit from the ease of use in a redesigned Content Group Selector, provided in all content and functionality configured by Content Group in the Admin Control Panel. 

Quick selection is enabled by an alphabetical listing of Content Groups, along with the option to select all current and newly created Content Groups for access to content or functionality.

The Content Group Selector is available in a number of areas in the Admin Control Panel, including Rules Management, Data Loads, and CMS features, in addition to Catalogs, Locations, and Suppliers.

Transaction Monitoring and Failure Notifications for cXML Transactions 

Email notifications for failed cXML transactions provide administrators with an actionable record and greater insight into the status of these crucial transactions. Administrators will no longer need to consult the transfer log file to learn of failed purchase order, invoice, or credit memo transactions. The email notifications provide an accessible reference for further review and action. 

Sample Email Notification for Failed cXML Transaction

See Documentation Topics: 

Email Notification Management
Invoice Email Notifications
ASN Email Notifications
Purchase Order Email Notifications  

Export of Only Enabled Products with Common Fields Exporter  

The Common Fields Exporter allows enabled products from only enabled suppliers to be included in the export.

Additional fields in the export include catalogs, linked_sku, and product status. 

See Documentation Topics:

Product Exports

Supplier Network

Full Catalog Upload Functionality Protects Existing Products from Deletion

Catalog Upload functionality in the BuyerQuest Supplier Network offers a significant new safeguard for Suppliers. When a Supplier uploads a Common Fields file in full mode, existing products that are already in the system but not in the full upload file will be disabled in the system instead of deleted.

See Documentation Topics:

Self-Service Catalog Management Overview
Catalog Upload - Common Fields
Catalog Upload Status and Validation Reports

Supplier Users May Cancel Purchase Orders from the BuyerQuest Network 

Suppliers and buying organizations alike benefit from a Supplier's ability to cancel a purchase order. This option to cancel an order allows Suppliers to respond in a timely way when items are unexpectedly out of stock or on back order. The cancel option is provided on the Purchase Order grid and Details page for properly permissioned Supplier users.

See Documentation Topics:

Purchase Orders (Supplier)
Supplier Access to Purchase Orders
User Permissions (ACL)

Email Notification for Non-RFQ Quotes 

The BuyerQuest system has extended email notifications to supplier-initiated quotes, similar to notifications for RFQ Quotes, providing the same easily accessible status updates for suppliers and buyers. Email Notifications are sent when a quote is created by a Supplier, when the Buyer accepts or rejects a Quote, and when a Supplier cancels a Quote. The configuration of Email Notifications includes the new email notifications for supplier-initiated quotes. 

See Documentation Topics:

Manage Your Profile 
Email Notification Management