In the current global economic climate companies are looking closely at every aspect of their cash flow and spending in a bid to keep costs under control, especially in the face of the ongoing commodity price speculation that makes it difficult to plan ahead.

This has led to an increase in the popularity of online auctions for procurement and to using companies that supply this service along with a detailed spend analysis to provide them with as much information as possible.

The whole process of sourcing or tendering for contracts, sourcing materials, equipment or services can be managed online in a secure environment using online auction software and services.

The companies that find online auction software and an online auction service useful cover a wide range of activities. Wherever a company has a procurement system the move to e-procurement can save time and outlay.

The online auction is particularly useful for the various tiers of national and local government and other public sector procurement but equally it can be an asset to the processes of private industry for procurement of IT, telecommunications and hardware, to business travel and office supplies. Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies in many industries use these services

However any organisation that is considering moving to this type of system needs to plan properly for the culture change it will introduce into their organisation.

This includes setting a business plan and expectations and ensuring that expectations are understood and can be met. It may involve including trading partners when setting up the system and of course it will all need to be thoroughly tested before a switch to an online auction service goes ahead.

It is likely that any company contemplating this move will require outside support from a company specialising in providing an online auction service to help it to decide on the type of auction it requires, such as perhaps whether to go for the reverse auction model that is becoming increasingly popular.

Vendors or suppliers contemplating taking part in bidding in the new system will also need help and guidance to understand the bidding process and provide the information required accurately and in the form required.

Set up properly in a way that is tailored to the specific organisation the online auction software will provide a secure electronic system that allows for storage of all relevant all documentation and get rid of the inefficiencies and risks that can happen when using a paper-based contract management process.

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