04 July 2002 | Robin Parker
Germany is a long way behind the UK and the US in its use of e-procurement and online auctions, according to research commissioned by Commerce One.
In a study of 150 staff involved in e-commerce in large organisations, only 3 per cent made purchases via e-auctions in Germany, compared with 38 per cent in the US and 32 per cent in the UK.
More than half of US firms had saved between 10 and 50 per cent by purchasing online, compared with just 12 per cent in Germany.
The proportion of purchases made online by German businesses - 7 per cent - was just over half that made by firms in the UK and the US.
The study, conducted by Benchmark Research, also found that 63 per cent of early adopters have made savings of up to 50 per cent, compared with just 3 per cent of more recent users of the technology.
More than three-quarters of the early adopters identified operational improvements in four areas, including customer satisfaction and inventories.