E-buying keeps London 2012 on track

22 May 2008
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23 May 2008 | Jake Kanter

Electronic purchasing is helping to deliver the 2012 Olympics on time and to the right quality, according to one of the buyers working on the project.

Addressing delegates at a strategic sourcing event in London yesterday, Peter Sell, programme procurement team manager at the Olympic Delivery Authority, said the body's "paperless" approach to buying has so far helped to keep the two aspects of the project that cannot change - time and quality - on target.

Sell said the ODA was encouraging its own tier-one suppliers, with whom it transacts electronically, to do the same with vendors further down the supply chain. "[Buying online] has given clarity to all tenders and allowed us to obtain exactly what we want from them. It's given us control over pricing and auditability."

And he stressed the importance placed on educating buyers in the ODA team. "Training is key. If people aren't trained, they can't use the system and if they can't use the system, there is no procurement. That focuses the mind."

On a visit to the capital yesterday, Dennis Oswald, chairman of the International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission for the 2012 games, said he was impressed by the quality and speed with which the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and its partners, including the ODA, had progressed with the project.


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