MRO supplier holds key to free e-commerce platform

14 March 2002
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14 March 2002 | Robin Parker

Catalogue-based maintenance, repairs and operations products supplier Key Industrial Equipment has launched a range of e-procurement options.

Key claims the free e-platform, which coincides with its latest 50,000-product catalogue, can be fully integrated with back-office systems and implemented within six weeks.

Key's technical teams are helping clients to set up customised catalogues based on previous purchases and potential future ones.

Purchases exceeding agreed budgets are e-mailed to purchasing managers for authorisation.

The solution follows last month's free offering from RS Components and provides a further alternative to large software vendors' more expensive e-procurement systems.

Large companies can use a "punch-out" solution, taking customers to the Key site to select products before processing them through their existing solutions.

Smaller firms can place catalogues on their enterprise resource planning systems or use a basic webshop to handle catalogue management, authorisations, budgets and orders.

Tony Bailey, Key's managing director, said greater visibility of catalogues will also help Manutan, Key's parent group, to identify supplier crossover across different markets.

"We also want to rationalise our suppliers and have created a dedicated supply management team to monitor the most popular products," he said.


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