British family baker, Warburtons, is reportedly saving time and money previously spent procuring ICT, due to the implementation of Probrand's fixed margin online ICT procurement tool www.theITindex.co.uk
Challenged with saving money and improving purchasing efficiency associated with a six figure budget, Warburtons approached the technology services provider to implement its Chartered Institute of Purchase & Supply (CIPS) accredited ICT procurement technology.
www.theITindex.co.uk is free-to-use and daily updates a catalogue of over 150,000 products from more than 2,500 manufacturers, compared and ranked by best price and stock availability.
It saves organisations around 15% on their ICT budget and approximately a working week in time previously spent manually calling, benchmarking and managing suppliers. The tool provides a Best Practice process for purchasing in one location without 'punch-out' to individual supplier sites. The tool has saved the private and public sector Ms on ICT, which has earned it a Queen's Award for Innovation 2011.
Paul Egerton, IT Support Manager at Warburtons, said: "www.theITindex.co.uk is saving us at least half a day a week in admin and transaction time associated with buying ICT. Thanks to complete integration into our SAP system we can process an order seamlessly.
"With 'budget head' approval functionality, the internal team of five now has more autonomy to purchase within a controlled environment. Gone are the days of wastage due to rogue or double purchasing.
"Equally, as it provides a fixed pre-agreed margin on every product category we know we are paying the same margin for PCs as we are for little purchased items like a network cable. www.theITindex.co.uk is saving us significant amounts on our previous spend thanks to this open and transparent method of doing business.
"As this simple online tool is branded Warburtons, it qualifies to our users that the portal is officially approved and private to our business. It is delivering a Best Practice environment through which we achieve sustained Best Value. It has helped us drive out cost from the procurement process.
"And when we need telephone support, we get great quality service, provision of accurate guidance and hands-on help sourcing some awkward items when required."
www.theITindex.co.uk is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for offering Best Practice Best Value thanks to its financial savings credentials.