SKULabs supports a robust list of suppliers, each with their own catalog of goods for purchase. This system ensures that a single SKU can be purchased from any of multiple available suppliers at a given time, and each supplier will have their own cost, part number, and other info for the item in question.

Creating a supplier

To add a supplier to SKULabs, select the Suppliers tab on the Purchasing page and select Add supplier. In the window that appears, you'll be prompted to fill out some basic contact and shipment information for the supplier, as well as some optional defaults and automations that will come into play when creating purchase orders.

Note: to assist with dropshipping, SKULabs can link a chosen warehouse to a supplier's inventory feed. Once you've selected a default warehouse and location, you can upload fresh inventory counts to that location via a Supplier inventory import, which is available among other Purchase Orders imports/exports.

If a distributor is primarily a dropshipping service provider, we recommend enabling the Email supplier when POs are created option so that they are notified right away when you've created a new purchase order for them to fulfill.

Importing supplier data in bulk

As is the case with SKULabs catalog items, kits, and orders, suppliers can be added or updated in bulk via a CSV spreadsheet file import. You can find the data required by SKULabs and upload your spreadsheet file in the Purchase Orders tab of the Imports/Exports page.

Adding supplier items

Once a supplier has been added in or imported into SKULabs, you can add items to them from your catalog. This makes it easier to create purchase orders for the items because the supplier-specific data, such as their cost, internal part number, minimum order quantity, and other specifics, will be loaded into the purchase order automatically.

To add items to a supplier, select the Suppliers tab on the Purchasing page and select the supplier to open their details page. From there, select Add item from the Items panel. In the window that appears, you can find the item(s) you wish to add and select the + button in each item's row to add them to that supplier's catalog.

Tip: If an item you wish to add isn't immediately visible, try changing the sorting of the table's columns and/or searching for the item's name, SKU, or barcode.

Once you've added the item(s) you want to make available for purchase from this suppler, close the Add Item window and select the Edit button on a new item's row. In the window that appears, you'll be prompted to enter the supplier's part number (or MPN), cost, minimum order quantity, and other optional parameters.

Once you select Save, these new supplier item specifics will be applied to the next purchase order you open with this supplier.

Importing supplier items in bulk

Just as you can add or update suppliers in bulk, so too can supplier items be imported via a CSV spreadsheet file. You can find the data required by SKULabs and upload your spreadsheet file in the Purchase Orders tab of the Imports/Exports page.

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