What are 3rd party suppliers? #
A 3rd party supplier (‘3PS’) is a product supplier that directly services vending machines or markets with the authority of one or more Sentry operators.
Typically, it is used in cases such as fresh food suppliers who supply fresh food to SentryMarkets.
How do I set up a 3rd party supplier? #
To set up a 3rd party supplier, please contact us directly as 3PS are initially setup by us.
Adding a 3rd party supplier to your account #
Once we have set up a 3rd party supplier, you can add that supplier to your account.
To do so, click the ‘Add supplier’ button here: https://app.sentryvend.com/third-party-suppliers.
Then, simply select a supplier and click ‘Add supplier’.
Assigning machines and markets to suppliers #
Once you have added a 3PS to your account, you can assign machines and markets to them. Suppliers can only see machines and markets assigned to them.
Assigning products to suppliers #
Once you have added a 3PS to your account, you can also assign products to them. Suppliers can only see products assigned to them.
Adding machines and markets to a supplier route #
Once the above has been completed, the only remaining steps that are required before a supplier can service your machines and markets is for them to add the relevant machines and markets to a route in their Sentry Suppliers account.
Note: This must be completed by the supplier in the supplier app, not by you in the normal Sentry app.
Once complete, they can plan service runs in the same way as normal vending/market operators – except that they can only see machines and markets assigned to them, and can only generate picklists for products assigned to them.