While your company characteristics are defined by the functions they serve, other companies are known by the business relationships they have with you. Refer to the image above for reference. Unlike the attributes for your company, they may have a mixture of attributes checked except for the Other checkbox where, for example, a company may be a bank. In that case all tabs are deactivated except the Company Location tab.
A company location that you ship orders to, and where the invoice are sent, will have both Bill To and Ship To checked. A company where you place purchase orders, but send your payments to a different location, will have only the PO To attribute checked.
The corresponding tabs will be activated based on the attributes chosen.
To help you quickly visualize what your relationships are with companies, their selected attributes are color coded on the company Treevision graphic at the location levels and below.
Assigning attributes to companies is one of the ways that ALERE uses to allow information to be entered only once.