PunchOut is a technology that enables purchasing systems to interact with online stores (e-commerce sites). The purpose is to minimize the maintenance of product data in the purchasing systems.
Practically, a buyer of products automatically logs into a supplier's web shop through their purchasing system. In addition to user information, this login also contains information about where the webshop should send product data on completion of the purchase.
When the buyer has chosen their products in the webshop and is to confirm the order, the process for the webshop is changed. Instead of confirming the order and managing it normally, the web shop sends the "shopping cart" back to the purchasing system, which thus gets all the information about products, prices, delivery times for that particular need that the buyer has.
After this, the flow will be normal for the purchasing process and the purchase will be sent to the supplier via the traditional purchasing channels (EDI, web services, portals or physically via purchase orders).
cXML; Open Catalog Interface (OCI)
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