Note that suppliers are able to control what inventory is available to their retailer trading partners. Retailers and suppliers may need to discuss which items should be visible to both parties via the Dsco portal, as well as which descriptive attributes should be included in each item's Dsco entry.
Only two pieces of information are required for an inventory item to be created on the Dsco platform: SKU and the quantity available. However, Dsco supports many additional inventory descriptors, such as title, cost, and estimated availability date. Go here for more information on each of those supported fields.
Just as with orders and invoices, inventory can be viewed directly through the Dsco portal. Once a supplier has added their inventory to their Dsco account, or updated existing items, the Dsco platform will populate that data into your account instantaneously.
To begin viewing inventory in the Dsco portal, select INVENTORY from the main navigation bar.
Next, select the specific supplier from the drop-down menu for which you wish to view inventory.
Use the other filters provided to search through the data and find the inventory items you wish to view. Once the desired items have been found, you can view individual items by selecting the SKU. You can also easily download the item data by selecting the Download ... Results button. Go here for more information about downloading inventory item data.
Once an inventory item has been selected, any details that your supplier trading partner has uploaded to Dsco will now become visible. This includes the mandatory SKU and quantity available data, but could also include other things such as an image, description, and dimensions. A few useful pieces of information can be found by scrolling all the way to the bottom:
Notice that Dsco logs when the item was created within Dsco, as well as when the last time the item received updates. This can be helpful if you need to know, for example, the last time an item received a quantity update.
For more in-depth information regarding the history of a specific item, select the Item History button near the top of the screen.
The item history shows any instance when an item has been updated in any way in Dsco. This history can be very helpful for researching quantity changes, what caused the changes (for example, automatic decrementation or supplier update), where to find the log for a specific job that processed the change, and/or what user logged into the portal to make the change. For more information on how to read and use the item history, go here.