The Vendor SKU field is where you can enter the product's identifier as it is known to the vendor. This is separate identifier from your own internal Product ID. Vendor SKUs enable you to refer to the item correctly when you are buying it from a vendor. Each product in SellerCloud can have multiple vendors = multiple vendor SKUs.
Let's say you have a Dell Laptop, with your internal product ID = DELLPC. You are able to order that DELLPC from two different distributors. Those two vendors are Dell and Microsoft.
Dell does not use the SKU "DELLPC" to refer to this laptop. They have a different SKU, for example DELLN4010. If you decide to order this DELLPC from Dell, then telling them that you want to order "DELLPC" will not make any sense. You need to use the their SKU when making a purchase order to buy this laptop from Dell.
Same thing as Microsoft. They do not call this item "DELLPC". They call it MKUK1903. So when you make a purchase order to buy this item from Microsoft, you will need to use the MKUK1903 SKU.
Vendor prices - the amount it costs you to buy it from the vendor - is stored on the Vendor SKU. Vendor pricing can be set manually on the vendor SKU. It can also update automatically through a PO.
When the item is entered on a PO, the cost gets saved as the new vendor price.
Vendor SKUs on Purchase Orders
When adding an item to a PO, the vendor SKU will automatically populate based on the vendor on the purchase order. Likewise, the vendor price of that vendor SKU will automatically populate as the cost of the item.
Using the example above, Dell may charge $100 if you buy the SKU from them. Microsoft may charge $120. If the vendor on the PO is Microsoft then DELLN4010 will be placed automatically on the purchase order with a price of $100. If the vendor is Microsoft, MKUK1903 will be used with a price of $120.
Managing Vendor SKUs
- Navigate Settings > Select a company > Toolbox > Vendors > Select a Vendor.
- Select Products from the side menu to view, add and manage the vendor SKUs associated with the vendor.
You can see all the Vendor SKUs for a given product under the product's toolbox, on the Purchasing tab.
Read how to import vendor SKUs and prices in bulk here