26 January 2009 | Jake Kanter
Nearly half of organisations in the UK use little or no e-procurement, according to a study by the National Computing Centre.
The survey by the IT sector membership group of 110 public and private sector groups of all sizes found 47 per cent are not regularly using electronic purchasing for goods and services.
Of the 53 per cent that do, 18 per cent believe they are highly automated, with a further 32 per cent using a medium level of technology. But only 3 per cent said their procurement system was fully automated.
In addition, 72 per cent of the respondents still process invoices and proofs of delivery manually. According to the report, buyers lacked the skills and training to implement e-procurement systems and an understanding of the benefits the technology can provide.
It also said poor change management procedures held back the use of electronic purchasing in the public sector.
The study also found only a quarter of respondents had a sustainable procurement policy across their organisation. Some 69 per cent argued e-procurement could help improve their green purchasing strategies, through reducing their organisation's use of paper.