23 August 2007 | Gareth Mytton
Five Hampshire councils have automated their procurement processes to save thousands of pounds and slash transaction costs.
The Hampshire Marketplace quintet - Basingstoke and Dean Borough Council, New Forest District Council, Fareham Borough Council, Gosport Borough Council and East Hampshire Borough Council - are using EGS's IDeA:marketplace package to place orders with suppliers, share data and more.
Basingstoke is saving £81 per transaction and has made over 200 purchases this year, said Janet Barrett, procurement manager. "We are now looking at rolling these savings out to other areas," she told ComputerWeekly.com. "We are finding that the authority is using the new system to look at efficiency in general. Our stationery deliveries have gone down from once a week to once a fortnight."
Shaun Le Picq, procurement and development manager at Hampshire County Council, said it has halved transaction costs from £54 to £27.
The other three councils in the Hampshire Marketplace - Test Valley Borough Council, Rushmoor Borough Council and Eastleigh Borough Council - will go live with the system in the next three months.
When the package is fully operational, in the next four years, it will process around £1.5 million of purchases a year.