How many of us prefer going to a shopping mall where we have access to various brands rather than visiting a brand outlet.
How many of us buy (for eg: a laptop) from XYZ company website than a renowned e-commerce website where there are dedicated teams for customer support and chances of getting it for a best price.
What happens when the same is applied to the procurement system of your organization.
what do you think happens when e-commerce shakes hand with e-procurement.
- Improved shopping experience
- Reduced spends on non-contract based orders
- En-cash on competitive environment among various vendors
- Employee purchasing a product best suiting his needs
- Increased probability of finding the catalog product, thereby reducing free text items
- Reduced costs on catalog management
- Customized pricing for your organization
- Contracts for items can be replaced with contracts at category level.
- Contracts can be created for a supplier group partnered with e-commerce website.
I have also listed down few general disadvantages of it which can be hindered with cautious measures. The following are some
- Unwanted purchasing (can be restricted with necessary approvals and budget allocations).
- Trustworthiness of products/suppliers (feedback can be obtained with integration of e-commerce with social networking sites which has already gone to the next level).
- Invoicing issues ( Supplier grouping can be done and payment is done to the head supplier, which is a feature already available in SAP SRM 7 Ehp 2 for Public sector procurement).
- Access to irrelevant items (Can be restricted at various levels of organization).
As a first step, can these be added as one of the punch-out catalogs?
Is your organization already using such an idea in the same or any other way?
Please share your ideas and suggest necessary.