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Cummins uses a global procurement system called BuyItNow from Ariba Inc., to handle indirect purchases and many locations around the world currently use this system.

An important piece of the BuyItNow system is the catalog content provided by our suppliers. Catalogs provide efficiency in the procurement process in that users can very quickly select their items and order compared with having to type out purchase requisition details in the case of non-catalog items. Catalog content is provided and updated by our Suppliers through the Ariba Network.

As a supplier, it is recommended that you review the catalog content at least once a year to ensure the information is current, This will allow the invoices to match the Purchase Order in order to get paid on time.

Cummins supports two types of catalogs:

  • CIF (Catalog Interchange Format) - This is a simple comma separated (Microsoft Excel based) list of catalog items and their attributes that can include pictures. CIF catalogs can vary in size, ranging from one item to thousands of items (up to 10 MB of data). This type of catalog is the most common format used and requires very limited technical capability. Suppliers create the catalogs and submit them to Cummins via the Ariba Network. Cummins then has the ability to download, review and approve the content before making it available to internal users.
  • Punchout (External website) - Punchout catalogs are links (within our BuyItNow system) to your website that provides a live, interactive experience to the Cummins buyer. A URL is displayed within our system instead of product details and the user can then shop directly from your website and return the cart into the BuyItNow system for approval.

The choice of catalog type will very much depend on the sourcing agreement with Cummins. Consult with your Sourcing Manager for direction on the type of catalog to set up for Cummins.

Quality content for the catalogs ensures that our users are easily and quickly able to locate and purchase the items that are available through the catalogs.

CIF Catalogs

In order to provide quality catalog content, please adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Use the Cummins provided CIF template in the resources section below. Each column within this template provides further details on how to populate the file.
  • Commodity codes need to very closely describe the catalog item. Cummins utilizes standard UNSPSC codes with a few exceptions. The UNSPSC code list recognized by Ariba is available in the Resources section. These codes drive accurate spend analysis for our purchasing teams. If in doubt as to which commodity code to use, contact your Sourcing Manager.
  • Units of Measure (UOM) should be taken from our standard list, available in the Resources section below.
  • For other required catalog details and instructions on how to complete the template, please view the QRG (quick reference guide) titled, "Detailed CIF catalog creation instructions."

Punchout Catalogs

  • Before submitting a punchout catalog, please send your ANID, Duns #, country the catalog is for, and the name of your Cummins contact(s) to
  • A setup process will need to be completed on our end, which takes a few days. Once complete, the punchout may be submitted through the Ariba Supplier Network.
  • If the file is not already set up, use the template from the Resources section below.
  • Once the file has been submitted successfully, the catalog manager and sourcing manager will be required to approve along with the catalog link and content verification. In the event of any issues, the catalog team will work with you to resolve, then make the catalog available to users.

For technical questions related to catalogs and the Ariba Network, contact Ariba Inc.

  • From your Ariba Network account (, click on the 'help' tab located at the top right hand corner of the page.
  • For phone support,
    • US/Canada Toll Free 1-866-218-2155
      Mexico001 866 663 5127
      UK0800 0444 1043
      China10800 650 0164

Cummins CIF sample template (XLS, 261KB)

Punchout Template (XLSX, 13KB)

Converting a file to CIF format (PDF, 467KB)

Detailed CIF catalog creation instructions (PDF, 1.48MB)

UNSPSC Commodity Codes (XLSX,​ 562KB​)

UOM list (PDF, 15.6KB)

Uploading a new catalog file on the Ariba Network (PDF, 279KB)

Updating an existing catalog on the Ariba Network (PDF, 189KB)

Uploading a new catalog file on the Ariba Network - Korean (PDF, 381KB)

Updating an existing catalog file on the Ariba Network - Korean (PDF, 308KB)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 12.4KB)

Supplier Catalogs - Indirect