The ZF Group operates an electronic catalog ordering system containing electronic catalogs of different commodity groups for in-plant demand.
The decision about the integration of a supplier catalog in the ordering process is done by the purchasing managers.
Assumption for the participation in the electronic catalog ordering system by ZF are contracted assortment, prices and terms of delivery for items ordered electronically. Participating suppliers deliver electronic catalog data based of BMEcat format to our catalog service provider. Therefore, a separate and chargeable service contract with our provider is necessary.
This format has been developed by the eBusiness Standardization Committee (eBSC) together with the German Association for Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME), and established as the standard format for exchanging catalog data. Requirements specific to ZF are added to the specifications of BMEcat (see download “Information package for catalog suppliers “).
Other connections, e.g. dynamic online shops, need a special acceptance test by ZF and are only integrated in exceptional cases.
All catalog datas must be classified on the last level of eCl@ss 7.1. Before being forwarded to the purchaser all catalogs are checked electronically and by the purchasing department (assortment, prices).
EDIFACT is the ZF standard for electronic interchange of commercial documents and business messages. EDIFACT ORDER D.97 is used for ecommerce-orders and EDIFACT INVOIC D.97 is used for credit memos. Another possibility of the electronic data exchange is the use of WebEDI, which requires a registration at SupplyOn. Other options for document exchange have to be clarified individually and are only to insert transitionally.