Walmart suppliers will know that the retailer has begun using a new app in Retail Link for creating and maintaining purchase orders. In this article, we will go over how to perform PO maintenance in NOVA.
Both Walmart and Sam’s Club suppliers use NOVA to manage their purchase orders. For this article, we will go over how to maintain POs for Walmart.
The PO maintenance portion of NOVA is where you can modify existing purchase orders in several ways:
PO Maintenance screen within NOVA
Suppliers can perform PO maintenance within NOVA or by using the PO Maintenance template. To use the template, click the Templates button and select PO Maintenance Template. Download this file to your computer and fill out the form with your required changes.
There are several tabs and multiple columns to update. This file is very similar to the PO Create template that we discussed earlier.
Directly under the column headers, there is a row of data highlighted in orange. This row is a sample entry and can help explain what information the system is requesting in that column. Other color-coding is as follows:
Suppliers can use the header tab to change Must Arrive By Dates for the entire purchase order. Enter the PO details as they appear in the original PO, and simply change the appropriate date columns.
PO Maintenance Template – Header Update
Suppliers can use line update to change quantities on a specific line of the PO. For example, if Walmart ordered ten items, but your minimum order for the product is 20, you would change the VNPK’s orders by inputting the original amount and then the number you would like the system to change it to.
PO Maintenance Template – Line Update
This tab is for adding a line to an existing PO where no distribution changes are necessary. You must complete all green and blue areas on this tab.
PO Maintenance Template – Add Line, No Distribution
This tab allows you to add a line item to an existing PO and assign specific distribution details. You must complete all green and blue areas on this tab.
PO Maintenance Template – Add Line, New Distribution
This tab allows you to cancel or reactivate specific line items on an existing purchase order. You must complete all green and blue areas on this tab.
PO Maintenance Template – Cancel and Reactivate Line
Once the PO Maintenance template is complete, return to the NOVA PO Maintenance page. Click on the blue Order Maintenance button. From the window that appears, select the type of maintenance that you would like to upload. Click Continue to move to the next screen. Upload the completed PO Maintenance template to send the information to Walmart.
Once the system receives the uploaded file, the form below will populate with the information you just uploaded.
Uploading your PO Maintenance file
Once the file uploads with no significant errors such as Edit Reason or other mandatory criteria missing, you will be allowed to Enrich the file. Click on the Enrich button to continue.
Enrich the PO Data
After you have enriched the file and there are no other significant errors such as “PO Already Canceled” or “PO Is Not Able To Update,” you will be able to submit the file.
Submit the PO Data to Walmart
After submitting the file, NOVA will go to the Results page. Here you will see the status of your request. If the Request status reads “Submitted” but not “Complete,” click on the NOVA logo or click on the Advanced Search and then on the NOVA logo again to refresh the page.
Results of PO Maintenance Submission
Once the page refreshes you will be able to see the results on your request. Results can be:
PO maintenance can be tricky, but with NOVA, suppliers can update and request changes to purchase orders. Suppliers can use the PO Maintenance tool to update MABDs and item quantities, add lines to POs, or cancel POs.
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