Unimarket 5.1 includes improvements to the supplier registration screen and a major update to the invoicing screens to make way for exciting new invoice enhancements in coming releases.
Release 5.1 has been released to Demo for review and will be in Production Monday the 21st of November.
New Supplier Registration Screen
Many of you have taken that extra step and created specific internal branding for your community – and we love seeing what you’ve done with the place! However, for public communications such as supplier invitations, this can be confusing if suppliers don’t associate your organization with the internal branding.
To address this, we’ve added the ability to upload a separate public logo to be displayed on your supplier registration screen, so that your supplier communications retain your official organizational branding. We’ve also revamped the supplier registration page to make it clearer and easier for suppliers to register.
Be sure to watch this space, as we will be making even more improvements to supplier registration in the coming releases!
New Order to Invoice and Create Invoice Screens
We have some exciting changes coming to invoicing which include invoice approval workflow, as well as an email inbox so that suppliers can email their invoices to a central location in the system for processing. There will also be an optional module to allow emailed invoices to be scanned for automated matching. These improvements are designed to help you manage the long tail of low-volume suppliers more efficiently.
In preparation for these changes, we have made some excellent improvements to the Order to Invoice and Create Invoice screens. In addition to the much-improved layout, the new screen allows invoice lines to be edited directly without the need for a popup and the PO lines are now numbered for easy reference. Contract Management users can now also associate retrofit invoices to a contract.
No More Supplier Sourcing Fees
To ensure there are no barriers to supplier participation in sourcing events, we have removed all supplier fees from the Sourcing module. Suppliers will not be charged to participate nor if they are awarded the bid. The prior fee page has been replaced with a brief page of helpful instructions on key items suppliers need to know before responding.
Contract Workflow Review Role
In addition to the existing View and Edit roles, we have added a new Review role which is given automatically to users who are within the contract workflow. The Review role gives users the ability to edit the contract during the workflow process. However once the contract is active and becomes part of a business process, their access reverts to view only.
Other Small Changes
- You can now upload supplier search terms as part of the supplier CSV upload to make your lite suppliers more searchable.
- First and last name are no longer required fields when creating supplier invites, which will simplify your new supplier data requirements.
- Keeping security in mind, we’ve improved file virus scanning for attachment downloads.
Upcoming releases will include exciting new functionality around electronic invoicing to allow suppliers to email invoices directly to your community and improved exception management for routing mismatched invoices for approval.