ERIC Number: EJ762471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
eProcurement: The Technology of Smart Shopping
Briggs, Linda L.
T.H.E. Journal, v33 n15 p32-38 Oct 2006
This article talks about eProcurement and examines why school districts are so slow to make the transition. Despite the billions of dollars that flow from schools each year in procurement spending, most K-12 districts in the United States, especially smaller ones, persist in using paperbased procurement models in which supplies are identified in print catalogs or online, then purchased by way of handwritten requisition forms. However, new technology like eProcurement, or electronic buying, cuts a wide swath. The numerous advantages that eProcurement offers make it almost certain to become the standard in K-12 purchasing over the next 10 years. A properly implemented eProcurement system, especially one linked to a school's back-end financial systems, can cut costs dramatically and improve the visibility of a district's financial data. It can also reduce staff time and paperwork, enhance tracking of purchased items for accounting and control, and make certain that teachers and staff get materials far more quickly than with paper-based systems. There is a downside, however, to eProcurement. End-to-end systems often carry high upfront costs and a need for technical expertise to select and run the systems, which can be complex. Typically, a full-fledged eProcurement system also must be tied back to the general ledger through a district's electronic accounting system.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, School Districts, Costs, Accounting, Educational Finance, Expenditures, Online Catalogs, Information Technology, Purchasing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Oregon