A catalog organization represents an organization level in the organization hierarchy at which an item master is defined.
A catalog organization provides any of the following functions:
- Item master definition. Even in a multi-level organizational structure, an item master is typically defined at a very high level in the hierarchy. This allows all other organizations to share one common item master definition, eliminating the need to create a separate definition of their own.
- A mechanism to separate item master definitions of two distinct organizations. For example, a 3PL scenario and companies under the business group acquired through a merger and acquisition. The same product identifiers could represent completely separate physical products across two catalog organizations.
- A mechanism to cross-reference product identifiers through usage of Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTIN).
Catalog organizations can have one or more catalogs (such as master catalogs). However, an item can be defined in only one master catalog. A master catalog represents a product line in most scenarios. In organizations where divisions are created based solely on product, a master catalog could represent a division.
Typically the Catalog organization is designated at the company level.