Shopping Cart 'Preferred Vendor' field to allow R/3 Vendor number entry?
Is it possible to change the Shopping Cart 'Preferred Vendor' field entry to accept the R/3 Vendor number as opposed to the business partner number? Our user base are not happy with having to enter the R/3 vendor number via search. Can we also customise the search display list of vendor buisness partners to also show the R/3 Vendor number as the seatch list only shows BP Numbre, Name, Name2, Region, Post Code etc.
When running the vendor replication job (BBPGETVD), you need to have selected external number assignment - that way the business partners are created with the R/3 vendor number.
Unfortunately there's not really a way to solve the matter for vendors that already exist in your system.
If you are desparate, one option is to block the business partners in SRM, delete their entries in table VENMAP in SRM, and then re-replicate. You would essentially have two separate records for the same vendor in your application, but the blocked record would not appear to end users. If you're considering this, I'd look into the impacts on your solution of having two records in SRM in more detail before going ahead - and obviously any table entry deletions are at your own risk and peril!