14 November 2002
UK purchasers are less enthusiastic about e-procurement than their US counterparts, according to a CIPS-backed survey.
Fewer than one in 10 purchasers at 286 manufacturing firms polled by consultancy Cap Gemini Ernst & Young said they would make online purchases in the coming year.
Only 44 per cent are currently purchasing online, a figure largely unchanged since the last twice-yearly survey.
But in the US, the Institute for Supply Management and Forrester Research recently found that 82.5 per cent of US organisations believe the Internet will be important to purchasing plans over the next 12 months.
The UK firms said they were adopting a wait-and-see attitude to see which technology standards their suppliers and competitors adopt.
The report found an additional 11 per cent of small firms were conducting e-procurement than in the previous survey, because high-speed broadband Internet access was available.