Aug 23, 2020 | Trends and Research

PunchOut Procurement Dictionary

Aug 23, 2020 | Trends and Research

eProcurement and PunchOut Integration can be new to many organizations. However, it is important to have a solid understanding of these concepts both as a buyer and supplier. We prepared a list of terms to get you familiar with the space. Let us know in the comments if you think we need to add anything!


Advanced Shipment Notice; a document that provides information about an upcoming shipment to a customer


Business to Business commerce or transactions


Business to Consumer (or end user) commerce transactions

Captive Purchasing

Purchasing environment in which the customer only has access to a certain suite of products, likely all from the same supplier


Common Business Library; a document framework that allows creation of detailed, reusable, XML documents for e-commerce


Sell a different product or service to an existing customer

Customer Extension

Software used to facilitate B2B transactions on an eCommerce site setup to handle B2C transactions


Protocol, created by Ariba, intended for the communication of business documents between procurement applications and e-commerce sites


Commercial transactions conducted electronically on the internet


The business to business (B2B) process of requisitioning, ordering, and purchasing goods and services over the internet


Enterprise Resource Planning, a business process management software that allows an organization to use a system of integrated applications to manage business and automate many back-office functions related to technology, services and human resources


Software providing transactional integration between eProcurement systems and ecommerce providers

Indirect Spend

Purchasing of goods and services that are not directly incorporated into a product being manufactured


Document issued by the seller to the buyer, indicating the products, quantities, and agreed prices for a sale as well as the buyer’s payment terms

Negotiated Contract

Agreement between the buyer and supplier on product pricing


Open Catalogs Interface; B2B mechanism that allows buyers to punchout to and purchase from suppliers

Order Confirmation

Document sent from vendor or supplier to the buyer to avoid confusion about order specifics


The act of obtaining goods or services for business purposes

PunchOut Catalog

An integrated connection to a buyers e-procurement or ERP system that presents goods and services to the buyer on the supplier’s website

PunchOut Setup Request

A request sent by the eProcurement system to the punchout catalog that validates user credentials and authorization

Purchase Order

Document issued by a buyer to a supplier that indicates types, quantities and agreed prices for products or services


The process of requesting quotes for new products, obtaining vendor information and uploading it into your procurement software, determining the lead time, pricing, and minimum order quantities

Spend Analysis

The process of identifying, gathering, and analyzing your organizations spend data with the objective being to decrease procurement expenses


Selling strategy that encourages the customer to purchase more expensive items or buy add-on items


A person or company offering something for sale

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