Chapter 3. Understanding the Strategic Nature of E-Procurement

Objective

Too often in the past purchasing has been seen as a tactical, back office activity. But, from now on, it should be viewed as a critical part of a company’s overall e-business strategy.

  • ERP and APS systems have improved internal company processes.

  • E-procurement systems improve the external B2B processes. E-procurement is a matter of strategy first and technology second.

  • The idea of automating and integrating the procurement process should have a compelling value proposition for many different corporate officers.

  • E-procurement will not only reduce purchasing costs but will help to move manufacturing and distribution firms closer to becoming an extended enterprise, where the ...

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