The vendor will log into the system and under their profile, they will click Company Profile, They will have the option to add Category Codes by clicking the Edit link.
The vendor will want to be sure they are in the Category Code tab. This is where they will be able to +add categories for either NIGP or NAICS.
At this point they have a few options:
1. They can select if they would like to use NIGP or NAICS codes. They have the ability to select codes from one and then select codes from the other.
2. They may search categories by entering something in the Keyword Search.
3. They may click the Show All Categories for the full list of Class Codes.
4. They may opt to click the drill down to get more specific types of categories under the Class Codes.
If they opt to drill down, they may +Add categories at this time or continue to drill down.
Once they have drilled down this is where they will make their final selections for category codes.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Category Codes:
Specific vendors are targeted vs. Limits who get your solicitation notifications
Limits the notifications vs. receiving notifications for projects you are not interested in
If an Agency opts to not use category codes, then the solicitation will be sent to all vendors, but vendors have the option to select how they are notified:
Vendors have the option to determine how they would like to be notified. This can have an impact if they have or have not selected commodity codes.