Vendor Type

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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