DSSI delivers a comprehensive set of easy to use tools to automate your Purchasing process while managing the integration process with your existing ERP. Our goal is to use the most efficient processing methods available to the benefit of all.

Purchasing Process Options

Purchasing Process

DSSI's Punchout solution provides easy access to "managed" content. DSSI's Epic® application integrates with the customer's e-Procurement system using either the OCI or cXML format supporting secure purchasing transactions. A user can search DSSI's strategically sourced and customer directed catalog and add items to their shopping cart. Upon checkout, all item information is transferred back into the customer's e-Procurement system in support of rapid purchase order creation.

For customers who prefer to manage items within their own ERP systems, DSSI provides nightly flat files containing catalog updates. In this way, the entire purchasing process stays on the customer’s side providing continuity for users. DSSI then receives purchase orders via cXML or EDI.

Epic provides the following functionality designed specifically to support the full indirect procurement process. We went way beyond a catalog to provide a complete supply chain environment!

Order Placement

Provides easy access to a pre-negotiated catalog and helps the user efficiently conduct business with a wide range of suppliers. Users can create requisitions across multiple suppliers while assigning the appropriate cost center, GL accounts and project information at a line item level and then route the requisition based on spending limit and budgetary approvals requirements. Email notifications and automated escalations keep the process moving smoothly, simplifying the communication throughout the transaction. Upon approval, purchase orders are automatically routed to suppliers.

RFQ and Spot Buy Support

Allows users to obtain best pricing for new items that are not currently available in the catalog or on items where current pricing has expired. The spot buy application automatically places an order if the quoted item is within the client’s budgetary tolerance. Once again, notifications at each step of the process provide continuous updates to the requester.

Shipment Tracking and Invoice Reconciliation

Provides access to invoice information. The detail transaction screen provides item tracking information, where available, and gives the user the ability to request proof of delivery. This module also supports returns processing and claims resolution.

Supplier Performance

Provides an extensive view of suppliers’ performance including cost savings, response timing and shipping performance.

Vendor Managed Inventory (Ordering)

This feature allows designated suppliers to initiate requisitions on behalf of the customer and then route the requisitions for approval.

Customer Support

Allows users to initiate and track support requests online. This section also provides the user with supplier contact information and supplier performance information.

Store Room Management

Allows users to manage inventoried items along with their associated inventory management practices. Store Room provides item level flexibility supporting various units of measure, reorder methods including min/max, audit tools, valuation and reporting.


Allows authorized individuals to set up company information and control user access to the site. This includes setting up locations, cost centers, GL accounts, budgets, shipping addresses, carrier account numbers and optional storeroom related information. This section also allows the administrator to maintain user information including spending limits, approving limits and default approvers.