Catalog Benefits

There are several potential benefits to implementing an electronic catalog.

Some of them are listed below:

  • Gives Intel’s suppliers the opportunity to gain a business advantage over those competitors who do not supply a catalog.
  • Provides Greater and Direct Visibility to the end user.
  • Improves user experience when item is available, found and ordered via a catalog.
    • Eliminates end user commodity code confusion
  • Provides faster procurement throughput time to receive your purchase orders.
    • Increased data, supplier, and payment accuracy
    • Reduced Purchase to Payment through put time (TPT)
  • Increases sales through increased shopping frequency.

Internal Catalog

An Internal catalog is an online, electronic catalog of a company’s products or services that is hosted on Intel’s infrastructure. Intel resources would maintain the catalog hardware and both the supplier and Intel would manage the catalog content.

This is the best model when:

  • Suppliers are not capable of hosting their own Catalog site.
  • Intel prefers control of the catalog content.

External Catalog

It is Intel’s strategy to encourage and implement External catalogs.

An external catalog is an online, electronic catalog of a company’s products or services that is hosted on the supplier’s infrastructure. The supplier maintains the catalog on their own web site using their own catalog management tools and user interface. Both the supplier and Intel would manage the catalog content.

This is the best model when:

  •  The supplier provides highly configurable products and/or has volatile product selection/availability.
  • The supplier provides a large volume of products with a standard pricing policy.
  • The catalog content will be updated frequently.

Intel's Catalog criteria

It is Intel’s strategy to encourage and implement External catalogs; internal catalogs are secondary.

  •  The product or service should be definable.
    • Descriptive: Can the product or service be reasonably defined within 70 characters?
      • Searchable: Users will typically locate the products / services in the catalog via a descriptive search engine.
      • Comparable: When given choices, will users be able to differentiate products?
      • Identifiable: Does the product have part numbers?
    • Repetitive: non-repetitive items are not a good catalog candidate.
  • The supplier should have an interest and the resources necessary to establish a Catalog with Intel.

Catalog cost information

For suppliers implementing an internal catalog, there are no additional costs.  The file format is Excel based.  Intel will provide the supplier the data requirements, format & instructions.  As for internal costs to develop & maintain the catalog, this is dependent on several factors such as the time required to understand and support the catalog requirements (if this is a new process), how many items they will need to set up in the catalog, the maintenance plan for content updates, and their overall management strategy, inclusive of contract/catalog compliance.

For suppliers implementing an external catalog, the incremental costs would be minimal (resource driven) to connect a new customer. Maintenance plan for content updates, and overall management strategies also apply to external catalogs to ensure contract/catalog compliance.

Catalog contact information

If you have any questions pertaining to this webpage or to initiate a request for a catalog implementation, please contact Leona B. Fisher, Intel's Catalog Program Manager, at 480-554-5885 or email your comments, suggestions, or requests to eCatalog@intel.com.