Choose Item Page

Selecting an item from the Choose Item Page

Clicking the Choose Item button on the Design and Pricing Page opens the Choose Item Page. To begin the item selection process, make sure the field Select Supplier displays the correct supplier for the item you want, enter a search string for the item you want in the field Find Item, and then click one of the two Search button. This brings information from the supplier’s pricing file into the Choose Item Page. Select the item you want, and click the Send to Design and Pricing button.

Select Supplier from the drop down list of suppliers

Something to Note about shirt sizes, costs and their use in bids and price lists

• Price lists and bids are based on the item cost. Since the prices for Small to X-Large are the same cost, you can use any of these sizes in the bid or price list.  Oversized items do cost more.  Sometimes X-Small items have the same cost.

Fast Accurate Bids offers supplier connectors for SanMar, alphabroder and OTTO Cap.  We realize that there are many excellent suppliers serving apparel decoration businesses in addition to these companies.  We will be adding more supplier connectors and welcome your suggestions on the ones that would be the most valuable to you.

Things to Note

• When looking up items by clicking the Search Style Column button, Fast Accurate Bids displays only the results for the specific style in the Find Item field in the list on the Choose Item Page.

• To bring the supplier’s full pricing file in the Choose Item Page, enter the search term ALL in the Find Item field and then click Search Style Column. (Using ALL works for all the suppliers except SanMar.)

• Looking up items by clicking the Search All Columns button displays all the items in the supplier’s price file that contain the search string in the columns Description, Color, Size, or Style. For example, if you search SanMar for Tshirt, you will see results for all the SanMar Tshirts but also all the Sweatshirts because the word Sweatshirts contains the string tshirts within it.

• The number of items returned by a search may appear overwhelming at first. Just choose a representative size and color for the line item for your bid. For example, if the customer wants a bid on white 5250 T-shirts in an assortment of sizes, select a white 5250 for any of the regular sizes.

Selecting an item from the Choose Item Page

Clicking the Choose Item button on the Design and Pricing Page opens the Choose Item Page. To begin the item selection process, make sure the field Select Supplier displays the correct supplier for the item you want, enter a search string for the item you want in the field Find Item, and then click one of the two Search buttons. This brings information from the supplier’s pricing file into the Choose Item Page.  Select the item you want, and click the Send to Design and Pricing button.

 

Things to Note

• When looking up items by clicking the Search Style Column button, Fast Accurate Bids displays only the results for the specific style in the Find Item field in the list on the Choose Item Page.

 

• To bring the supplier’s full pricing file in the Choose Item Page, enter the search term ALL in the Find Item field and then click Search Style Column.  (Using ALL works for all the suppliers except SanMar.)

 

• Looking up items by clicking the Search All Columns button displays all the items in the supplier’s price file that contain the search string in the columns Description, Color, Size, or Style. For example, if you search SanMar for Tshirt, you will see results for all the SanMar Tshirts but also all the Sweatshirts because the word Sweatshirts contains the string tshirts within it.

 

• The number of items returned by a search may appear overwhelming at first. Just choose a representative size and color for the line item for your bid. For example, if the customer wants a bid on white 5250 T-shirts in an assortment of sizes, select a white 5250 for any of the regular sizes.

 

• Fast Accurate Bids does not carry forward the item size to the Line Items List. When doing a bid that requires specifying quantities by size, edit the item description for each of the line items to add the size to the item description.

 

• If you want to see the images for items, click Visit Supplier Website.  This will open your supplier’s website to give you access to search for the style you want.  When you find the item you want, copy and paste its style ID into the Find Item field and click the Search button.

 

• If the supplier doesn’t offer the item you want, click Add Custom Item and enter the item information in Custom Item Page that appears.

 

• Because the pricing for items changes frequently, it’s important that the Fast Accurate Bids Choose Item Page has access to the current pricing for your suppliers. Fast Accurate Bids provides supplier connector software for updating pricing.

 

• For information on how to update the item pricing see the section of the Fast Accurate Bids Shop Owner’s Manual called “Updating supplier pricing files.”

 

• The field at the lower left of the Choose Item Page displays how long it’s been since the supplier’s pricing file was last updated. It is up to you to update the data on the Choose Item Page to keep your pricing current.

 

• If there is pink highlighting on the number of days since the supplier pricing file was last updated, it means that the number of days since the pricing file was last updated is greater than the number of days specified in the field Set Reminder, which appears just below it.

 

• If you anticipate that the customer needs items in sizes XXL and larger, the bid information for these items can by handled by adding a separate line item for the larger sizes or by adding a note to the text of the finished bid to indicate the additional amount for larger sizes.

 

• If you notice that an item is not available from the Choose Item Page, it may be because (1) you have not selected the correct supplier for the item; (2) the item is new and you need to update the supplier’s pricing file to have access to it or; (3) the item is one that the supplier represents and takes the orders for on their website, but they have not included it in their downloadable pricing file.  For example, alphabroder does not include pricing in their downloadable pricing file for items they offer which are actually manufactured and sold by another company.  In other words, the selected supplier does not stock the item, it only takes the orders and the other company controls the pricing and order fulfillment. Typically, you will see the term “drop ship” either near or as part of the item ID for these items.  Drop shipped means that the supplier takes the orders and has the other company ship them to you.  For example, alphabroder does not stock the Dickies Drop Ship; DCP118 Long-Sleeve 8-Button Chef Coat and, for this reason, the alphabroder price list does not have this item.

 

• Alphabroder recommends contacting your alphabroder sales representative for a fuller understanding of why items listed on their website may be missing from the downloadable pricing file that is available to you.  According to alphabroder, your user login for their website determines the version of the price list file that will be downloaded to your website and there could be “many reasons” why an item is not included in the list.  Fast Accurate Bids is only able to find the items that are actually in your version of the price list. You can still create bids for these items, however, by adding them to the Custom Items Page and using them from that source.