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eProcurement Pathfinder Project Cuts Costs

eGov monitor

6 March 2003

Computing magazine reports today on the electronic procurement project developed under the Government's Pathfinder programme and led by Newham Council alongside the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Barnet and Redbridge and the GLA.

The system, used for low-value, high-volume savings, has led to savings of almost £70,000 per year alone on the costs of purchasing photocopying paper, according to the article.

Speaking in an interview, Tower Hamlet's Acting Procurement and Contracts Manager Sue Chappell said: "Benefits we have seen from using the system include reduced expense, improved management information, a streamlined supplier-base because we are only working with our preferred suppliers, increased visibility of procurement function, and economies of scale in negotiating prices".

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