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Host Updates

A host update is a file provided by a supplier, usually a wholesaler, which contains details about new items and cost changes. This can be processed and the details automatically added to your system. This can provide enormous savings in data entry. Unfortunately, each supplier's update is usually of a unique format which needs to be processed separately. The system can process the host files from several of the major Australian wholesalers. Merchant Central also supports a 'standard' format. This allows you to take a file from another source and manipulate it to a specific format for processing, without needing a specialised host update program.

The Standard Host Update is usually used to load data from a third party system used within the company, rather than a specific supplier. It allows the importing of non-item data - suppliers, users and exchange rates. This can make it easier to move data within the internal systems.

Supported formats are as follows:

 ALM

 Metcash

 Standard

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