Victorian government agency boards e-procurement train

Another Victorian agency has taken the step towards an e-procurement exchange to comply with the government's 2002 online initiative deadline.

Exchange Solutions, subsidiary of WebMatchit Interactive Marketing, has secured a contract with the Co-Operative Purchasing Service (CPS), a purchasing cooperative for local councils and nonprofit charitable organisations based in Melbourne and operating in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

The company will build an exchange and intranet for the government purchasing agency.

Ian Holden, managing director for CPS, said: "I don't like reinventing the wheel, so when I heard about WebMatchit, which has been working for two years in Brisbane with the State Public Works Department, I knew I wanted to get it on board.

"Holden said the agency had been working towards e-procurement for 12 months.

Following the success of its e-commerce Web site with an online tendering process for goods and services suppliers, which started in January 1998, they knew e-procurement was something they wanted to do next.

The CPS project will be piloted this month with 10 Victorian local councils and 20 to 40 suppliers until the end of February, depending on the uptake. However, "there will be no hard and fast rule about when the pilot will end".

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