06 June 2002
The BBC has unified its electronic catalogues and has begun e-ordering with 10 preferred suppliers. The move is part of a larger process to speed up its online ordering.
Transport and travel are among the first services to be automated, with staff using a combination of purchasing cards and web-based booking and ordering systems.
As part of the initiative, BBC purchasers have also begun to build, publish, evaluate and award electronic tenders.
Beverley Tew, head of procurement, said that centralising supplies in this way could cut lead times, eliminate maverick spending and devolve purchasing.
"Our approach to e-procurement will enable staff to access a one-stop catalogue from their desktops with direct access to preferred suppliers at negotiated prices," she said.
The BBC is using a Quick Order system based on software vendor Biomni's Selecta solution.