Last edited 07 Dec 2020


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'E-procurement' refers to tendering processes carried out online and through information and networking systems. It can be a highly-effective way of managing complex supply chains with multiple tiers of suppliers.

Very broadly, e-procurement might include:

E-procurement software automates procurement-related functions, procedures and processes, reducing the need for paper-based and human processes. E-procurement platforms can usually be customised according to the needs of the user, often with accessibility through smartphones and tablet devices. It frees up an organisation’s procurement teams from low-value tasks, allowing them to focus on higher-value activities such as contract negotiation.

There are several potential challenges for an organisation implementing e-procurement. These involve considerations such as the installation and integration of software with other enterprise systems, training requirements, and liaising with suppliers to ensure a successful transition to the new system. However, there are some significant benefits that can be achieved. These include:

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