Automated Buying


The concept describes systems designed to aid organisations to streamline their purchasing processes and achieve savings. It presents a concise description of these systems, their core benefits, success factors and implementation steps.

Technique Overview

Automated Buying

Automated Buying Definition

An automated buying system is "a networked software system that links a company’s web site to other vendors whose offerings and prices have been preapproved by appropriate management" (Rittenberg et al., 2010: 575). Automated buying can accelerate purchase cycle time, increase inventory control and improve contract compliance (CIPS: Summary of Technology in Purchasing; Lysons and Farrington, 2006).

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Further Reading

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  • Botha, J., Bothma, C. and Geldenhuys, P. (2008) Managing e-Commerce in Business. Juta and Company Ltd., Cape Town: South Africa.
  • Bragg, S.M. (2007) Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual. John Wiley: New Jersey.
  • CIPS: Content and Catalogue Management.
  • CIPS: Purchasing Policy and Procedures.

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