Glossary

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Glossaries

Term Main definition
Vendor Credit

Every Vendor has its own Vendor Account. All money deposited into this account will be added to his Credit level. The monetary value of all vending transactions is then deducted from the available Vendor Credit at the time of the transaction. The minimum credit limit for every Vendor is configurable on the Vending Server. See Credit (available), Vendor Account and Vendor Certificate

Vendor Owner

The owner of a Vendor and is typically the entity that signs the contract with the Vendor and manages him. One Vendor Owner may have many Vendors. This link is configured on the Server similar to the way that a Supply Group is linked to an GL Owner for managing transaction data. See GL Owner

Vendor Role

The Vendor Role defines the specific actions allowed for a Vendor. The Roles are loosely grouped into the basic Vendor Categories but may be modified on the Server for a specific Vendor. See Admin Role, Vendor Category, Operator, Vendor Type and Vending Client Type

Vendor Type


Vendor Type caused a lot of confusion. Please also review the definitions of the following items to understand this better. Vendor Type defines the Vending configuration used and how the Vendor appears to the Vending Server. The following are the defined Vendor Types:

Client Vendor (also called Normal Vendor for a generic name). The Client Vendor will usually have only one Vending Client.
Multi Vendor (or Multi Client Vendor) is a special case of Client Vendor. The only difference being that many Clients are linked to a single Vendor account for a Multi Vendor. This is related to the Super Vendor scenario.
Gateway Vendor has an intermediary Gateway that sends and receives all communication between the Server and the Vending Terminals of the Vendor. A Gateway Vendor is typical for a Vendor that has many Vending outlets e.g. EasyPay.
Offline Vendor. This is the normal offline CDU concept. The Server does not support Offline Vendors but it is included here for completeness.
For more detail on these Vendor Types please refer to the specific definitions for each of these types and also review the drawing of Vendor Types at the end of this document. The following terms are not Vendor Types but are related in some way: Vendor Footprint, Super Vendor, Utility Vendor