Some $3 billion of local government purchasing power will move gradually online, through an exchange launched by the Victorian Government.
As reported in Computerworld (November 20, p8), the Co-operative Purchasing Services (CPS) has begun the rollout of its online government e-procurement exchange through 300 local councils.
CPS is a purchasing cooperative for local councils and non-profit charitable organisations based in Melbourne and operating in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
Councils will have the opportunity to purchase more than 120 different categories of goods and services through 350 suppliers, once the exchange is fully operational.
Exchange Solutions, subsidiary of WebMatchit Interactive Marketing, secured the contract to build the exchange and intranet for the government-purchasing agency.
Ian Holden, managing director for CPS said the project will be piloted with 10 Victorian local councils and 20 to 40 suppliers until the end of February.
He said it would then be rolled out depending on interest.