Using Online Reverse Auctions To Save Your Company Money
Online reverse auctions are one of the newest ways for large companies to acquire contracts for services. The online reverse auction process is rather simple, and it saves all of the companies money. The online auction is hosted by one single company that is looking for bids on a service. The company lists a business plan outlining what services need to be performed and what the timeframe is for a proposed project, and a variety of other interested companies, in turn, go online and bid on the projects. These projects can range from outsourcing customer service and manufacturing to building new factories or supplying new equipment. This new process was recently championed by General Electric, which claimed that online reverse auction processes saved them millions of dollars during the 2001 fiscal year due to the reduced costs of the bidding process. These online auctions have since caught on and are now being used by a variety of other companies and organizations. It is predicted that it will become the standard business practice for most companies in the future. Online reverse auctions are not only being used by the private sector, but by the United States government as well. For instance, the Coast Guard, Air Force and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service all used online reverse auctions in 2001 to procure bids from companies for a variety of different projects and services needed. Online reverse auctions save companies and departments money by eliminating a lot of the steps involved in a normal business process. For instance, business proposals and bid proposals can all be written, posted and processed online rather than having to spend countless hours waiting for packages to arrive in the mail, or sending hundreds of emails to a variety of people during the regular bid process. With online reverse auctions, all of the bid proposals can be kept in the same place on the internet.