Ivalua, a leading global spend management solutions provider, continues its strategy of innovation with the latest features to be included in the company’s e-Auction module. These innovations are designed to facilitate interaction and communication between buyers and suppliers throughout the electronic bidding process, from initiation to analysis of results.
“Innovation has been the trademark of Ivalua since the company was founded. We are proud to present these latest features, which are the result of close collaboration between our R&D team and our customers. Combined with a precisely defined purchasing process, Auction is an effective tool that allows negotiating in a dynamic and collaborative way to obtain the best quality-price ratio with suppliers. Auction targets two strategic goals: reduce purchasing costs and maintain the quality of associated services,” says Gérard Dahan, General Manager EMEA for Ivalua.
Dynamic, detailed tracking of all offers attached to a bid: With just one click, this functionality gives buyers a detailed view of bids submitted by suppliers and, more globally, lets them directly track price changes by item or by lot. This graphic tracking screen also allows ranking and filtering of bids according to criteria established by the buyer (by supplier, from best to worst bidder, etc.) and exporting all bid data in an Excel format.
A new instant messaging system ensures better communication during the bidding process. Developed on the “chat” model, this system allows smooth-flowing, real-time discussions between the auction administrator and participating suppliers. Administrators will be able to quickly detect “non-read” or “no response” messages in a thread and answer questions by suppliers in the shortest possible time.
“We are convinced that these innovations will bring users better results, improve collaboration between buyers and suppliers and, in the end, extend the auction system to new purchasing categories,” concludes Gérard Dahan.