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Internet and purchasing efficiencies for the voluntary sector

Internet and purchasing efficiencies for the voluntary sector

A seminar yesterday by NCVO and BuyingTeam.com covered some of the issues affecting the non-profit sector in terms of Web-based purchasing. With an introduction by Brian Rigby, Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce, the seminar featured a case study by Jacqui Williamson, Business Services Manager at Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

A seminar yesterday by NCVO and BuyingTeam.com covered some of the issues affecting the non-profit sector in terms of Web-based purchasing. With an introduction by Brian Rigby, Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce, the seminar featured a case study by Jacqui Williamson, Business Services Manager at Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

ICRF’s project went live on 6th November so it was of course too early to assess, but they were confident that it would lead to savings of £30,000 a year on staff alone. Also the new system promised same-day ordering, whereas currently the time from originator through authorisation to receipt of order by supplier is three days. ICRF hoped the system would help them take 60,000 “pieces of paper per annum out of the equation.”

The speakers and delegates agreed that e-procurement is definitely “on its way” and that the opportunities are significant. However, there was a concensus that many of the problems involved were related to people and cultural issues, not just IT.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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