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Remarkable Ways to Use Tags to Prioritize Procurement Needs

Those of you who are into the whole social media thing, have probably used tags or hashtags at some point. These puppies have spread like wild-flowers through many aspects of our daily lives and it’s all for the better!

What are Tags Anyway?

Tags are a way to mark something depending on a specific characteristic just as you would categorize items in a folder except that tags are unlimited in quantity, so you can mark one item under a million different tags if you want. They are not exclusive to the business world either, in fact, you can use this tool to organize and prioritize many aspects of your life – personal, professional, etc.

Tags are Pretty Much Available Anywhere Nowadays!

You probably have tags in virtually every tool you use and haven’t even realized. Some of the most-used online services like Gmail and iTunes implemented tags for quite a while now and we wanted to join in on the fun!

Prioritize Procurement Needs

Some of you might’ve not even noticed but we have tags in the system now! Komet lets you prioritize Purchase Orders however you want by adding tags in the Purchase Order tab. You can mark previously generated Prebooks with a specific name and then filter to get all the results in one page, this way you can tag priorities or preferences depending on your particular team’s needs for everyone to see.

We created a few particular tags that integrate other sections like the Fill From Open Market tag that shows on the Fulfillment and Allocations tabs so that sales reps know when the product can be filled right away. The Corporate tag for multi location signals the main office when a product is required in one location but available in another so an internal transfer can be made or when the product is not available altogether and needs to be purchased by corporate elsewhere.

We also have something called Customer Tags for when you want to prioritize orders to be filled depending on your customer’s level (or any type of priority for that matter). This tag is particularly handy because it appears on the Grower tab so you can tell your vendor to fill first orders with a specific tag and they’ll be able to filter accordingly.

Additional Considerations

Once you switch to tagging you’ll never go back but if you’ve never used them before, we do suggest taking into consideration some general best practices before getting started to make sure everything runs smoothly:

  1. Know Your Tags: Let everyone in the team know which tags you’ll be using and for what they should be used. (i.e: “VIP” for very important customers).
  2. Be Consistent: No one wants to have a million options for the same purpose, so make sure you establish aspects such as  whether tags will be singular or plural.

It’s exciting to be able to make transitions into ways that are more efficient and time-saving continuously! You can bet we’ll be working to keep adding more and more tags around the software so everyone can stay organized.