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What are the best e-procurement solutions and specific tools, Web-based services, and
other mechanisms for meeting our particular needs? This article outlines some of the major
recent developments in e-procurement and the important strategic and tactical choices that
companies need to make in order to answer these questions and to take full advantage of
new “buy” side e-commerce developments.
Ironically, what’s most appealing to us as consumers using e-commerce to buy books or
clothing or other merchandise –– surfing the Internet, accessing a wide range of choices,
and making one-at-a-time purchases at posted prices –– is what businesses most want to
avoid. Companies want to ensure that their processes are:
• Reducing the time employees spend purchasing, whether it’s leafing through
catalogues or surfing the Web. • Leveraging their volume with preferred suppliers in order to get better pricing,
service, and access to new technology. • Limiting choices to only those suppliers, materials, and services that they are
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- Spring '08
- e-procurement, e-procurement solutions, Scott A. Elliff