Earlier this year Exact started the development of a Supply Chain Portal (SCP) based on Exact Synergy Enterprise (ESE), linked to Exact Globe. This Supply Chain Portal is intended for the Business to Business (B2B) market. At this moment we are able to share some of the highlights. We are planning to make the SCP available for controlled release customers by the end of Q1 2011.
The Supply Chain Portal gives customers a big business opportunity in the Business to Business market, the Supply Chain Portal brings suppliers and their customers closer together. It enables customers to easily enter purchase orders via the Internet (via a catalogue), besides that it enables them to see outstanding orders, order history, invoices, requests, documents etcetera. A Supply Chain Portal is a vital functionality for many companies. More and more business is done via the Internet. It decreases costs and increases speed and efficiency in the Supply Chain processes.
Besides functionalities and features like catalogue, (saved) shopping basket, item card, pricelist support, stock information, favorites, advanced item search, multiple language support, assortment support, authorization (by the customers purchase manager), entering purchase orders as a customer, reseller or employee and importing a shopping basket based on an Excel sheet, we implemented the use of so called ‘Widgets’.
A widget is a small application that can be installed and executed within a web page by an end user. In other words, widgets are functionalities (for instance ‘login’, ‘shopping card’, ‘language select’) that can be inserted to and dragged and dropped anywhere in the SCP’s home page by the SCP administrator. Each widget can be configured without extensive html knowledge. Each widget has a number of properties that can be easily set, like the picture, the background color, the font color, the font type, the font size, the header label and so on. The following widgets are already developed:
- Image (for instance for the company logo)
- Language flags
- Customer data
- Shopping basket
- Text (for instance to show a Synergy document)
- Quick entry
- RSS feed
The use of these widgets will provide the creator of the SCP with a lot of flexibility. It will also shorten the implementation time that is needed for the SCP.
I will keep you posted on the progress via this blog.