SAP Ariba Spot Buy Headed Downunder

There are plenty of sites where Australasian businesses can find
industrial products and office supplies and buy them with a few clicks.
But where can they go when they need specialty items on an ad-hoc basis
and purchase them in a compliant manner? SAP
Ariba
. The company today announced plans to roll out SAP
Ariba® Spot Buy
, its marketplace for managing non-contracted
purchases, in Australia and New Zealand. And just as it has in North
America and Europe, the offering promises to transform spot buying,
matching buyer demand with seller supply in an efficient digital
marketplace to drive a simple, more transparent process that delivers
savings to buyers and opportunities to sellers.

As a consumer, if your refrigerator stops working, you get online, find
a few suppliers, compare prices and with a couple of clicks, buy a new
one and have it delivered and installed. But what do you do as a
business when your assembly line shuts down because of an unanticipated
part failure?

“Companies shouldn’t have to distract category managers with these types
of emergency needs who are better equipped to support larger and planned
spend requirements using sourcing processes taking six to thirty weeks
and aimed at delivering savings,” said Kurt Albertson, Associate
Principal Advisor at The Hackett Group.

Business Buying Made Simple AND Compliant

With SAP Ariba Spot Buy, companies can deliver it. “Spot buys are a huge
category of indirect spend that is largely undermanaged because
companies lack effective tools to facilitate the time-sensitive supplier
identification, qualification, and bidding involved,” said Tony Alvarez,
General Manager, SAP Ariba Spot Buy. “SAP Ariba Spot Buy changes all of
this.”

A unique offering that goes beyond simple catalogs for indirect goods,
SAP Ariba Spot Buy provides the technology, content and expertise
organizations need to gain greater visibility into their spend and fuel
the compliance needed to get unplanned buys under control.

Pairing SAP Ariba’s business
network
and cloud-based procurement
applications
with expansive catalogs for indirect goods, SAP Ariba
Spot Buy combines the convenience of a consumer-like shopping experience
with business controls, enabling even the most casual users to quickly
find and immediately buy thousands of contracted and non-contracted
items in accordance with their company’s procurement policies and
procedures. With SAP Ariba Spot Buy, companies can:

Find: If an item isn’t listed in a company’s catalog, users can
search the SAP Ariba Spot Buy catalog – populated with more than one
billion listings across over 20,000 categories to locate it.

Approve: Through configurable business rules and spot
buy-specific workflow, purchases are automatically aligned with
corporate policies and routed for approval.

Buy: Approved purchases trigger checkout, secure payment, and
shipment of goods.

Eliminating the Middle Man

“In today’s digital world, buying things at work has to be as simple as
buying things at home. But it also needs to follow our corporate rules,”
said Cor van der Scheer, Procurement Processes & Systems Manager, AusNet
Services. “With SAP Ariba Spot Buy, we can create a consumer-like
shopping experience for our employees, enabling them to find the goods
they need to do their jobs and with a few clicks buy them in accordance
with company policies, all while maintaining visibility into and control
over a large category of spend that has until now been very difficult to
manage.”

But it isn’t just about buying. With SAP Ariba Spot Buy, selling
organizations can connect directly to the world’s largest, most global
network of business buyers who spend billions on indirect goods every
year and offer their products when and where they are needed, opening
doors to opportunities that may previously have been closed to them.

“It’s truly a win-win,” said Alvarez. “Corporate buyers can tap into a
trusted network of vetted suppliers and create an easy way to find and
buy one-off items without unleashing a maverick buying epidemic, and
sellers can establish strategic relationships with corporate customers
without any interference to grow their business.”

About SAP Ariba

SAP Ariba is how companies connect to get business done. On the Ariba
Network, buyers and suppliers from more than 2.5 million companies and
190 countries discover new opportunities, collaborate on transactions
and grow their relationships. Buyers can manage the entire purchasing
process, while controlling spending, finding new sources of savings and
building a healthy supply chain. And suppliers can connect with
profitable customers and efficiently scale existing relationships –
simplifying sales cycles and improving cash control along the way. The
result is a dynamic, digital marketplace, where more than $1 trillion in
commerce gets done every year. To learn more about SAP Ariba, visit www.ariba.com.

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