@UK''s successful taxi booking system provided to Gloucestershire County Council is being used as a case study for a European eprocurement initiative called eProc. The initiative is aimed at encouraging and helping small and medium businesses support the adoption of eprocurement.
Taxis are booked through an online ''Request for Quote'' system, which allows the Council to send out requests for quotes electronically to suppliers. Suppliers are able to respond with a price via a standard website; the Council can then choose to accept the best quote, converting the ''RFQ'' directly into an electronic purchase order.
The aim of the eProc project is to encourage and support SMEs to adopt new eProcurement processes and tools. eProc will help SMEs understand the implications of what they are being asked to do and have greater knowledge of how to benefit from new eProcurement developments. In order to achieve this aim eProc has produced a number of intuitive guides, online resources and developed the online eProc Learning Zone.
For more information, please visit www.eproc.org