Before inviting your supply chain into your community, you need to determine how you want to organize them. You have two dimensions; Location Groups and Product Groups. When you invite a supplier to join, you will assign them to 1 Location Group and 1 Product Group. Suppliers do not see the groups they are assigned to.
Location and Product Groups are defined in the Admin area. Combined together, they form a matrix in the Requirements area (see below; product groups are listed in the left column, and location groups are displayed along the top row).
Here are some examples of how Location and Product Groups are commonly used:
- Location Groups: By Region (National vs….), Geography (US vs. Canada), Vendor type (ie. Broker vs. Direct Supplier vs. Distributor) or Priority (High, Medium, Low)
- Product Groups: By category/food groups such as Produce, Meat, Packaging.
Some other things to consider, apart from these groupings dictating your community requirements, these groups are also used as filters for reporting in other areas of the platform. If there is a particular way you like to view data for instance all food grouped together or all protein grouped together organize, use that to also influence your groups.