I guess big companies can use this type of software to order from suppliers they may not currently do business with but it does not mean you will be getting the best price possible for that product.
A Punch Out is a feature of e-procurement software applications that makes it possible for buyers to access suppliers Web sites from within the buyer’s solution provider’s procurement application. The buyer leaves their solution providers system and goes to an alternative supplier’s Web-based catalog to find and potentially order products. This is also a good way to conduct research and gather information. A vendor catalog that is enhanced for this process is known as a punch-out catalog.
This author has always felt that this is a good way to buy products that you currently buy from alternative sources, but it does not replace the possible price compression and other benefits of from taking these products through the normal e-RFX process.
Ask your solution provider their opinion on this process.
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