Supplier Portal to Have New Product Classifier

The Moscow Supplier Portal will soon have a new product classifier based on standard commodity units (SCU). Thanks to the new classifier, customers will be able to search for specific products and compare their properties. Suppliers will be able to upload their data in the yml format and timely update their offers based on current demand. The new tool will help users analyze changes in prices of specific products and product groups online. 

The classifier is a state-of-the-art e-directory of products. “It allows you to take into account all the characteristics of products in a structured form and carry out their automated comparison,” said Gennady Degtev, head of the Moscow Department for Competition Policy. 

A pilot project for the new directory was launched in October 2018. Since that time, 2,500 suppliers have tested it and more than 500 contracts have been signed.

“In the fourth quarter of 2018, while testing the structured catalogue of standard commodity units, suppliers had a chance to experience its advantages. They had a clear mechanism for the mass uploading of their offers in a new directory format. While “offer” refers to a single specific offer of a supplier, SCU aggregates several offers and has detailed specifications and statistical data. The directory has already been replenished with 86 thousand structured commodity units,” said Eduard Lysenko, head of the Moscow IT Department.

He added that training videos and recommendations on creating standards for various types of services and activities are available to suppliers.

A dedicated training session will be streamed by the Department for Competition Policy via its accounts in social networks. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. on January 17. Questions can be submitted in advance and during the event at the department's YouTube channel.