I would love to create reports based on the vendor category (office supplies, shipping supplies, website, wholesale merchandise, utilities etc). Is there any way to do that. It would also be nice to find someone I need to contact - sort of like a phone contact list grouped by category.
I'm glad to see you in the Community! I have some details to share with you about creating vendor reports in QuickBooks Online.
I see you've tagged this question as QuickBooks Online, but currently, the program doesn't have a specific field where you can enter a category when creating vendors. You're only able to categorize the customers by type.
To ensure we are on the same page, are you referring to the expenses incurred under those vendors? Any additional information or screenshots you can provide will help us figure out which report we need to run.
For your second concern, you can run the Vendor Contact List report to view the phone numbers of your suppliers. However, there isn't a way to sort them by category.
Here's how you can pull up the report:
Go to Reports in the left navigation panel.
Scroll down to the Expenses and Vendors section.
Locate and open the Vendor Contact List report.
If there is other information you need, click the Customize button.
Then, choose Run Report.
I've added an article below for more details on how to customize reports: