For each marketplace that a provider wants to use, they must create a distribution agreement in the scope of a certain program agreement. A distribution agreement defines terms and conditions that vendors must accept to supply their products through the associated marketplace.
A program agreement can contain several distribution agreements. Several vendors can enroll in a particular distribution agreement.
A provider creates a distribution agreement within a program agreement to enable vendors to supply their products through a marketplace of the provider.
Before creating a distribution agreement, the provider must ensure that the following business objects exist in Connect:
To create a distribution agreement, the provider must perform the operations described in the following sections.
A provider can create a distribution agreement only in the context of a program agreement that the provider must select first on the main page:
On the program agreement details page, scroll to the bottom and click the “Create Distribution Agreement” button:
In the pop-up window, set the required parameters as illustrated below:
After completing the above steps, the new distribution agreement is in the list:
The new distribution agreement is available for vendors to enroll in that agreement and set associated distribution contracts.
Similar to Updating Program Agreements, a provider can revise distribution agreements by creating and activating its versions. To create a new distribution agreement version, the provider must follow these steps:
All management operations are performed within the distribution agreement pane that users can navigate to from the Program Agreements main page as illustrated in the example below:
In the open program agreement screen, find the list of distribution agreements:
Click the distribution agreement that you want to upgrade.
In the distribution agreement screen, click Add Version in the bottom of the screen:
In the pop-up window, assign the new distribution agreement properties:
After completion of the above steps, the new agreement version is available for enrollment. The vendors that have contracts associated with this distribution agreement will notice a tag “New version” near that Agreement on the main page and in Contracts. They can update their contracts to the new distribution agreement version as described in Accepting Agreement Updates.
To set a distribution contract with a provider, a vendor must find a proper distribution agreement inside the program agreement of this provider and then follow these steps:
This creates a new pending contract with a conversation log. You can add more messages to that conversation:
The new contract will stay pending until the provider approves it as described in Approving a Pending Distribution Contract.
In, a program agreement, a vendor can notice an updated distribution agreement and and upgrade their respective distribution contract to the new version.
Now the distribution contract is bound to the newest version of the distribution agreement.