The Dsco TRADING PARTNERS page provides a way for retailers to manage their different connections to suppliers. You can use this page to search for a specific trading partner and view information such as their connection status, integration type, and whether they have completed their onboarding to Dsco.
To access the TRADING PARTNERS page, just select the TRADING PARTNERS link at the top of the Dsco page.
Use the Dsco Trading Partner Name and Dsco Trading Partner ID fields to customize your connection for each trading partner.
The trading partner name field can be used to alter the name of each supplier connected to your Dsco account. For example, if you use a different name to reference a supplier internally, add that name to the Dsco Trading Partner Name field and Dsco will update your portal so that only your internal name is used. From the screenshot below, you would only see The Trumpet on your inventory, order, and invoice pages instead of Trumpet Emporium.
Similarly, use the trading partner ID field to include a custom vendor number for each supplier. Dsco can include this number on each inventory, order, and invoice update exported from Dsco.
Pause or Un-pause a Connection
You can also use the TRADING PARTNERS page to take action and Pause or Un-pause a particular trading partner using the buttons on the right. If a trading partner is currently paused, or listed as Stopped under Connection Status, you'll see a Play button under Actions. Clicking the Play button will un-pause the connection and set the Connection Status to Active.
Pausing a Trading Partner
Pause a connection with a supplier when you need to temporarily stop sending orders to a particular supplier. This will export a "zero" quantity of the all the supplier's inventory to your account and prevent any further inventory updates (new and open orders can still be fulfilled by the supplier).
When you are ready to restart the connection, simply select the Pause icon and Dsco will export a new update with the supplier's current inventory.
Disconnecting a Trading Partner
When you would like to stop all further business ties with a supplier you can use the Disconnect button. This action will remove the supplier from your TRADING PARTNERS page and stop all future data exchanges. You will still have access to past orders and other historical data, but will no longer be able to see the supplier's current inventory or place orders on that inventory.
If a trading partner is still onboarding with Dsco, the Play button will be grayed out until they have completed testing. The Onboarding? column indicates whether or not a supplier has completed onboarding and, if they haven't yet finished everything, what step they're currently on.