Create and Add Favorites

iBuyNU offers a way to designate frequently-ordered items from hosted catalogs as favorites. You can easily access favorites from your Favorites page and then add them to your shopping cart.

In order to utilize favorites, you first create folders to store your favorite items. When you find an item in your search results that you would like to order again in the future, you can add it to a Favorites folder. After you add the item to a Favorites folder, you can then add the item to your cart, without having to search for it again.

Upon completion of this guide you will be able to:

  • Create folders for favorites
  • Add favorites from search results
  • Add a favorite to your cart

The steps in this guide are applicable only to items for hosted catalogs. They do not apply to items from punchout catalogs.


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Create folders for favorites

Access Favorites page

  1. Click favorites on the Home/Shop page, under the search bar.

Notes on accessing favorites:

The Favorites page appears:

Create new top level folder

  1. Click Add New.
  2. Select Top level personal folder. (The Create New Personal Favorites Folder box appears.)

Note: When setting up favorites folders for the first time, you will have no folders created under Personal. You must create a top level folder.

  1. In the Name field, type a name for the folder.
  2. Click Save Changes. (The folder is created and named, and the Favorites page appears.)

Create subfolder (optional)

  1. Click New.
  2. Select Subfolder of selected folder.

Note: To create a subfolder, a top-level folder must be selected. iBuyNU automatically selects the top-level folder when you first create it, as in this example.

In other situations, click the folder to select it. Then you can create a sub-folder underneath your selection.

  1. In the Name field, type a name for the subfolder.
  2. Click Save. (The folder is created and named, and the Favorites page appears.)

The Favorites page shows that the folder is created and named.

Repeat steps as necessary to create as many folders and subfolders as you need.

Folder Actions

The Folder Actions dropdown contain the actions Edit, Move/Copy, and Delete, functions you can use to manage your folders after you set them up.

Add favorites from hosted search results

When you search for items in iBuyNU, you can add favorites to any of your favorite folders. However, this procedure, shown below, applies only to items from hosted suppliers. The procedure begins from the search results.

Note: Creating favorites in iBuyNU is for items from hosted catalogs only. Some punchout vendors may allow you to set up favorites on their own punchout sites, although they may be called lists and the set- up may vary.

  1. Click add favorite next to the item you wish to mark as a favorite. (The Add To Favorites window appears.)

  1. Click the folder name to select the folder in which you wish to store the favorite. You can click top level folder to open and select a subfolder.
  2. Click Save Changes. (If you have not already created a folder, click Add New Top Level Folder.)

After you have successfully added an item to favorites:

You are able to view the item on your Favorites page, and make changes:

Edit, Move/Copy, and Delete are other functions you can use to manage your favorites after adding them.

(To utilize these functions, you must first click the checkbox by the price.)

Add a favorite to your cart

  1. Access Favorites page. (Not pictured.)
  2. Select folder where favorite item or items are stored.
  3. Adjust the quantity of items you'd like to add to your cart.
  4. Click Add to Cart. (Item is added to cart and link appears).

  1. Click items added, view cart link. (Your shopping cart appears.)

Note: You can also click the Shopping Cart icon on your top banner to go to your cart.