E-procurement is an electronic method to buy goods, works and services rather than a paper based system.
All elements of the transaction from the initial ordering to the invoicing and payment can be carried out electronically via email, fax and web in order to streamline processes and reduce costs.
How can it help you?
E-procurement won't just help you in your dealings with the council - it will help you to interact more effectively with other customers and suppliers.
It will improve you ability to compete with other suppliers, regardless of size in a much wider market.
E-procurement can ensure that suppliers are paid more quickly. It will help you to reduce costs and streamline processes, increasing efficiency.
What is South Tyneside Council doing?
We currently use the NEPO portal to advertise forthcoming contracts and tenders.
The council uses the Oracle software for its electronic invoicing.
South Tyneside Council is operating an e-invoice initiative
Suppliers are encouraged to submit invoices in electronic format; either CSV or XML.
There are many benefits to e-invoicing, such as the elimination of delays which can result from manual data entry and as a result, ensuring invoices paid within the relevant terms, therefore improving supplier cash flow.
If you are interested in submitting invoices in electronic format or would like to know more about the initiative, please contact the Procurement Team on 0191 424 7017.
How can we help?
We realise that not all companies are in a position to trade electronically and are currently investigating ways to help local companies take up e-procurement.
If you need any further advice or information please contact us.