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Aussie companies get in behind internet B2B

By Phil Boeyen, ShareChat Business News Editor

Wednesday 5th July 2000

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Leading Australasian companies such as Goodman Fielder are looking to the internet to give them an efficiency edge.

A group of 14 companies has announced plans to form a multi-industry e-marketplace for business to business (B2B) transactions.

The companies expect more than A$8 billion to flow through the marketplace for indirect goods and services over the next two years. Current annual spending on indirect goods and services in Australia is over A$300 billion a year.

Going by the name of corProcure, the founding companies of the e-marketplace list like a who's who of Aussie business including AMP, ANZ, Coca-Cola Amatil, Goodman Fielder, Qantas and Telstra.

Development costs will be shared among the companies and the system will offer it all - from lawyers to loo paper.

The companies say suppliers will benefit by gaining access to a much larger customer base which should reduce administration and customer acquisition costs. It should also get rid of plenty of plenty of paperwork

Buyers on the other hand will be able to use simplified ordering processes and benefit from improved order accuracy.

The internet partners are not disclosing how much money they expect to save by having such a system online, but say is offers a chance for all those who get involved to be more competitive.

Transactions are expected to begin by September this year.

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