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How Technology Is Revolutionizing Procurement Outsourcing For Retailers

Technology is changing how businesses operate, and procurement outsourcing is no different. In this article, we'll explore how technology can help in procurement outsourcing, including platform names, functions, prices, and instructions. We'll also provide some budget-friendly solutions for SMEs looking to optimize their procurement outsourcing.

Supplier Management Platforms:

Supplier management platforms like SAP Ariba, Coupa, and Scout RFP provide a centralized system for managing supplier relationships. These platforms offer features such as supplier discovery, supplier qualification and selection, contract management, invoice management, and supplier performance tracking.

SAP Ariba provides a cloud-based solution that enables retailers to manage all their procurement activities in one place. The platform uses machine learning algorithms to identify the best suppliers, negotiate contracts, and manage invoices. The SAP Ariba Starter Package starts at $28,000 per year and includes up to 10 users and $1 million in spend under management.

AI-Driven Procurement Tools:

AI-driven procurement tools like HiredScore and Keelvar use machine learning algorithms to automate and optimize procurement processes.

HiredScore, for example, uses AI to identify the best suppliers based on factors such as pricing, quality, and delivery time. The platform can also predict supplier performance and identify potential risks. The basic pricing plan starts at $2,500 monthly and includes supplier performance tracking and risk management features.

Keelvar, on the other hand, offers a platform that automates supplier negotiations using AI-powered algorithms. The platform can help retailers reduce procurement costs and improve supplier performance. Keelvar offers start at $1,000 per month for up to 10 events.

E-Procurement Services:

E-procurement services like Amazon Business and offer a wide range of products from multiple suppliers, enabling retailers to streamline their procurement process. These platforms provide a user-friendly interface where retailers can browse products, place orders, and track shipments.

Amazon Business, for example, offers a free account with additional features for $179 per year., on the other hand, offers a free account with transaction fees. Retailers can access a wide range of products from trusted suppliers and use the platform's tools to manage orders, payments, and shipments.

Purchase Order Automation:

Purchase order automation software like Procurify and Precoro provide automated purchase order creation, tracking, and approval. These platforms can help retailers reduce errors, improve efficiency, and save time.

Precoro offers a basic plan starting at $29 per user per month and includes features like automated purchase order creation, supplier performance tracking, and inventory management.

Mobile Procurement:

SAP Ariba Snap can be particularly useful for retailers who have employees working in the field or who need to place orders from remote locations. it offers a mobile app that enables retailers to view catalogs, create purchase requisitions, and approve invoices from their smartphones. The app is free to download and use for SAP Ariba customers.

Some budget-friendly solutions

  1. Use Open-Source Software: Open-source software like OpenProcurement and Procurate can provide cost-effective solutions for procurement outsourcing. These platforms offer a range of features such as contract management, purchase order creation, and supplier performance tracking.

  2. Leverage Social Media: Social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter can be used to research suppliers, ask for recommendations, and join industry groups. LinkedIn, for example, provides a range of tools for finding and connecting with suppliers, such as the LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

  3. Use Online Marketplaces: Online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon can provide cost-effective solutions for sourcing products. Retailers can use these platforms to browse a wide range of products from multiple suppliers, compare prices, and place orders.

At Rockhill Asia, we understand the importance of efficient and cost-effective procurement solutions for businesses. Our turn-key procurement outsourcing services provide customized solutions that cater to the unique sourcing needs across Asia of our clients. By leveraging the latest technologies and our extensive network of suppliers, we help our clients streamline their procurement processes and achieve significant cost savings.


Contact us today to learn more about our procurement outsourcing services and how we can help your business efficiently source high-quality products across Asia.

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