2 This tutorial will take you step by step through a typical shopping session. The tutorial is divided into 5 sections:Section 1: Searching on VA Advantage!Section 2: Search Results & Product DetailSection 3: Cart & CheckoutSection 4: Login, Registration, and ProfileSection 5: Order History & Order Status
3 Section 1: Searching on VA Advantage! Searching by KeywordSearching by CategoryRefining your SearchAdvance Search
4 Welcome to the VA Advantage! Home Page Anyone can search for products and services on VA Advantage! without registering for a user ID and password.To demonstrate, lets begin searching…There are 2 ways to search on VA Advantage!Search Option #1. Search by Keyword1. First, type a keyword into the search box.2. Use the category dropdown to search in a specific category or special category.3. Click Find it! to start searching!
5 Search Results PageSuggested Categories allows you to narrow your keyword search to a specific category. Clicking on a suggested category will display filtered results based on the suggested category you selected.
6 Search Option #2. Browse By Category Click on the category that best fits what item you are searching for.To find bandages, click on“65 II A Medical Equipment & Supplies”
7 The blue bullets to the left are a list of the categories under “65 II A Medical equipment & supplies and examples of items that are in those categories.The bread crumb trail, at the top of the page, keeps track of your searching history and allows you to move backwards in the category search.Plain bandages/Gauzes falls under “Bandages/Gauzes”. Click on “Bandages/Gauzes ” to continue narrowing down the search.
8 For this example, look under the subcategory “Bandages & Gauzes.” Continue to drill down through the category search and make the best decision based on what item you wish to find. Categories are designed so that each level narrows your search results.To view the search results for Bandages & Gauzes, click on the “Plain Bandages/Gauzes” category.
9 Search Results PageClick on “More refine options” link to further filter your search results.Here you can sort your results by price, part number, product name, manufacturer, contractor, or contract number.You can narrow your results by searching within results. For example, if you only wanted to display cotton bandages type “cotton bandages” into the text box and click Refine.
10 Click “Refine” to display results. For example, to display only Recycled Content, mark the check box next to that filter.“Refine My Search Results” allows you to limit the search based on environmental characteristics or socioeconomic business status.The numbers next to the filters represent the number of items within your search which contain that filter. For example, there are 31 items from a Woman owned business.
11 The filter you checked on the previous pages is listed here. If you wish to remove a filter, click on the gray X located next to that filter. For example, to no longer restrict your search to Woman owned business recycled, click on the gray X located next to “Woman owned business.”
12 You can also view all manufacturers or contractors who supply copier paper by clicking on links located at the bottom left.
13 The Manufacturers Filter option allows you to narrow your search results to just the manufacturers that you select.
14 Click on Advanced Search for additional opportunities to narrow your search results by searching for an exact phrase in a particular product field, restricting your search by category, price, or socioeconomic factors, and limiting your display options.
16 Some items give you the ability to customize Options/ Accessories. Search Results Page“SALE” indicates the contractor is offering a temporary price reduction off their normal contract price.Some items give you the ability to customize Options/ Accessories.Symbols represent the environmental, socioeconomic, and other factors which apply to the item, When available.Business size indicators are listed next to the contract number.
17 The “Product Detail” page displays important product information including price, unit of issue, min/max order, warranty, F.O.B., etc. Review this information thoroughly.Be sure to review the minimum order purchase amount before making a selection.If multiple vendors are displayed, click the button from the one you wish to purchase.If you are ready to purchase, enter your quantity in the box and click “Add to Cart.”
18 Section 3: Cart & Checkout Shopping CartPark a CartRetrieve a CartCheckoutOrder Confirmation
19 The shopping cart contains the items you have selected to purchase. If you make any quantity changes to the cart, make sure you click on the “Update Cart” button.You may park the cart at any time by clicking on the “Park Cart” button. The cart can later be retrieved by clicking on the “Parked Carts” link at the top of the page.
20 Remember, when you retrieve a cart, pricing is subject to change. Parking a cart allows you to save your shopping list for a future purchase or to forward it to another person.Remember, when you retrieve a cart, pricing is subject to change.To park your current shopping cart, fill in a cart name and optional cart password, and click “Park Cart.”
21 To manage your parked carts, click on the “Parked Carts” link above. To retrieve a parked cart, simply click on the cart name highlighted in red.
22 Retrieving a Parked Cart To add items from the parked cart to your active shopping cart, click on “Add to Shopping Cart” above.You can forward a shopping cart to another person by clicking on the “Forward Cart” button.The parked cart you clicked, is now listed to the right.
23 Your Shopping CartTo proceed to checkout, click on the “Checkout” button in your shopping cart.
24 Step 1: Select Method of Payment If you are ordering GSA items, you may select from two billing options. Choose “Line Item Billing” to see each item listed on your Purchase card statement. Select “Consolidated Billing” to see only one line with the total for your entire order.If you are purchasing NSNs, you may pay with your “AAC”.Upon selecting your payment method, click one the “Submit-Continue” button to submit your information.Purchase card customers may select a card from the one(s) entered in their “Profile”. Or, you may enter a new Purchase card in the boxes provided.
25 Step 2: Select Shipping Address Click “Submit-Continue” to continue. The “Individual Receiving Shipment” information is required for each shipment.Click “Submit-Continue” to continue.If you would like to Create a New Address, click on the “Create a New Address” link.The addresses listed on this page are the addresses stored in your profile. Please select which address you wish to ship to by selecting the radio button next to the Address Name.
26 Click “Process Order” to process your order. Step 3: Checkout ReviewAll GSA Requisitions will be displayed at the top. Purchase Orders going to Schedule vendors will be displayed at the bottom.The checkout review page gives you the option to view and select from multiple dealers if available.Click “Process Order” to process your order.Please review all information listed on this page. If you need to change any information, click on the link below the information. For example, to change your Payment Information, click on the “Change Payment Information” link.If your GSA purchase is in support of an emergency, please indicate that in the dropdown box.
27 Here is your Order Confirmation. If you wish to print the purchase order, click “View/Print PO”.
28 Section 4: Login, Registration, and Profile Logging InRegistrationForgot Your Password?Updating Your Profile
29 To register for a User ID and Password, click on “Register”. In order to park carts, make purchases, and check order history, you will need to login.To register for a User ID and Password, click on “Register”.
30 RegistrationMake sure your User ID is at least 6 characters long, and your password is at least 8 characters long.To register, you must enter all required information and click the “Register” button.
31 Forgot your password?To retrieve a forgotten User ID or Password, simply click on the “Forgot my User ID & Password” link.
32 To update your profile, click on the “Profile” link in the menu bar. Member InformationUpdating Your ProfileYou can access your member information by clicking on “Member Information.”To update your profile, click on the “Profile” link in the menu bar.Member Information allows you to edit your personal information including your name, phone, agency, address, etc. This is the data you entered during registration.Click “Update” to update your information.
33 You can access your address book by clicking on “Edit Address Book.” You can remove an address by clicking on the “Remove Address” link, located under each address.An additional address can be created by clicking on the “Create a New Address” link.An additional address can be created by clicking on the “Create a New Address” link.You can remove an address by clicking on the “Remove Address” link, located under each address.
34 Edit Address BookYou must enter an “Address Name” and fill out the necessary information.Each address will require the name, phone number, and address of the individual receiving shipment.Each address will require the name, phone number, and address of the individual receiving shipment.You must enter an “Address Name” and fill out the necessary information.
35 Edit Methods of Payment You can access your methods of payments by clicking on “Edit Methods of Payment.”To apply for an Activity Address Code (AAC) or AAC password click on “Apply for an AAC” or “Apply for a Password.”Edit Methods of PaymentYou can access your methods of payments by clicking on “Edit Methods of Payment”.Add additional purchase cards or AAC/DoDAAC codes by entering the required information and clicking “Update”.To apply for an Activity Address Code (AAC) or AAC password click on “Apply for an AAC” or “Apply for a Password”.Add additional purchase cards or AAC codes by entering the required information and clicking “Update.”
37 You can also view your orders placed during a certain date range by selecting the date range desired and clicking “Go.”To search for a specific order, type the Purchase Order #, Requisition #, or Session #, then click “Go.”To view all of your VA Advantage! Orders, click on the “Go” after “View all your VA Advantage! Orders.”
38 Click on the session number link to check the status or view details of a specific order.
39 Here are the details of VA Advantage! session #1207211 Order status is located under the Status column.Check to see if the vendor has submitted shipping & tracking information.Here are the details of Advantage! session #230534Order status is located under the Status column.Check to see if the vendor has submitted shipping & tracking information.You may enter a cancellation request by checking the box under the Cancel column. Remember, items with one (1) day delivery cannot be canceled.You may enter a cancellation request by checking the box under the Cancel column. Remember, items with one (1) day delivery cannot be canceled.
40 Shipping addresses are located at the bottom of this page. A user may also choose to View/Print Purchase Orders by clicking on the “View/Print PO” button.Shipping addresses are located at the bottom of this page.A user may also choose to View/Print Purchase Orders by clicking on the “View/Print PO” button.All new orders will contain symbols, such as the recycled symbol. The definition of these symbols will be located at the bottom right of the page.All new orders will contain symbols, such as the recycled symbol. The definition of these symbols will be located at the bottom right of the page.
41 Thank you for your interest in VA Advantage! If you have any additional questions,please call the GSA Advantage! Helpdesk at (877) 472 – 3777or