Supplier Group

A supplier may be distinguished from a contractor or subcontractor, who commonly adds specialized input to deliverables. A supplier is also known as a vendor. There are different types of suppliers based on the goods and products they supply.

ERPNext allows you to create your own categories of suppliers. These categories are known as Supplier Groups. For example, if your suppliers are mainly pharmaceutical companies and FMCG distributors, you can create a new type for them and name them accordingly.

1. How to create a Supplier Group

Based on what the suppliers supply, they are classified into different Supplier Groups. You can create your own category of Supplier Group.

  1. Buying > Supplier > Supplier Group > New

    Supplier Group

  2. You can classify your suppliers from a range of choices available in ERPNext. Choose from a set of given options like Distributor, Electrical, Hardware, Local, Pharmaceutical, Raw Material, Services etc. Classifying your supplier into different types facilitates accounting and payments.

  3. Type your new supplier category and Save.

2. Supplier Group Tree

You can also construct Supplier Group in the form of a tree hierarchy, similar to that of Chart of Accounts.

To view the Tree structure, select Tree from the sidebar. To go back to the list view, simply select: Menu > View List.

Supplier Group

With the new User Permission in place, you can now apply hierarchy based permissions. That is, if a User is permitted to view parent node of Supplier Group, he/she automatically qualifies to view the child nodes of that parent node.

For example, in the above image, let's say that user permission is applied for a User to view 'Distributor' document. Then the user also gets permitted to view its child nodes 'Book Distributor', 'Electronic Distributor', etc.

  1. Supplier