Create or update a category extension request [AX 2012]

Updated: March 24, 2011

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

When vendors are approved to provide products in your organization, they are granted permission to provide items and services only in specific legal entities. In those legal entities, the vendors are granted permission to provide items and services only in specific procurement categories. Procurement categories help classify vendor items and services. Procurement categories also help control the vendors and products that are available to employees when they make business-related purchases. Additionally, purchasing managers use these categories to measure and report on the overall health of the purchasing organization, and to evaluate vendor performance.

As an employee, you can submit a request to extend a vendor into additional procurement categories for your legal entity.

Example

Fabrikam is a print media specialist and an advertising specialist. You want to use Fabrikam for print media services, but this vendor is only authorized to do business in the "Advertising" procurement category. Therefore, you create a category extension request to ask the purchasing department to add Fabrikam to the "Print media" procurement category. Your request is reviewed by the purchasing department, and approved or rejected as appropriate for the business.

NoteNote

Depending on your role or the privileges that are assigned to you, you might need to go to your Employee services site before you complete the procedures in this topic.

  1. Click Order products on the top link bar, and then click Vendor requests on the Quick Launch.

  2. On the Action Pane, on the Request tab, click Categories.

  3. On the Category request page, enter the name of the requester, select the vendor and vendor contact, and then click Create.

  4. On the Edit category request page, select the procurement categories and operating units in which you want the vendor to be authorized to do business.

  5. Enter the business justification for your request.

  6. If questionnaires are listed on the Questionnaires FastTab, complete the questionnaires.

  7. Click Save and close.

  8. In the workflow message bar, click Submit.

Vendor category extension requests are routed through workflow for review. Vendor requests can have the following statuses:

  • Draft – The request has been saved, but it has not been submitted for approval.

  • Request cancelled – The request has been canceled by the user who created the request.

  • Request submitted – The request has been routed for approval.

  • Request pending approval – The request has been submitted to workflow and is awaiting review.

  • Request approved – The request has been approved.

  • Request rejected – The request was rejected. You can review the reason code and comments that are associated with the rejection by workflow.

    NoteNote

    When a request is rejected, the reviewer can provide a reason for the rejection. If applicable, you can provide more information and resubmit the request.

  • Category request ready – The request was approved. A notification is sent to the vendor. The notification requests that the vendor respond to the vendor category confirmation.

For more information about the vendor workflow, see About workflow for vendor requests.

The Vendor requests page displays all of the vendor requests that you have created. You can view the details of a category extension request by clicking the request ID. Only requests that have a status of Draft, Request cancelled, or Request rejected can be modified.

  1. Click Order products on the top link bar, and then click Vendor requests on the Quick Launch.

  2. Click a request ID. The request must have a request type of Category, and a status of Draft, Request cancelled, or Request rejected.

  3. On the View category request page, on the Action Pane, click Edit.

  4. Change the fields in the request as necessary. When you have finished, click Save and close.

  5. In the workflow message bar, click Submit.

You can delete requests that have a status of Draft.

  1. Click Order products on the top link bar, and then click Vendor requests on the Quick Launch.

  2. Select a request that has a request type of Category and a status of Draft.

  3. Click Delete.

You can cancel category extension requests that have a status of Request submitted or Request pending approval.

  1. Click Order products on the top link bar, and then click Vendor requests on the Quick Launch.

  2. Click a request ID that has a request type of Category, and a status of Request submitted or Request pending approval.

  3. In the workflow message bar, click Actions > Cancel to cancel the request. The request status changes to Request cancelled.

You can view the workflow history for any category extension request that has been submitted for review.

  1. Click Order products on the top link bar, and then click Vendor requests on the Quick Launch.

  2. Click a request ID that has a request type of Category and any status other than Draft.

  3. In the workflow message bar, click Actions > View history. The Workflow history details page lists all of the workflow steps that have been completed for the request.


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