By leveraging its eSourcing services, Accenture is working with the Government of the United Kingdom, its agencies and companies to implement electronic reverse auction (eAuction) initiatives that will reduce the cost of doing business by measurably driving down procurement costs across public sector organizations.
Royal Mail Group Plc, a public limited company wholly owned by the Government of the United Kingdom, has annual sales exceeding £8 billion and more than 200,000 employees. Through its brands, Royal Mail, PostOffice™ and Parcelforce Worldwide, it provides consumers and businesses with letter delivery and express mail services that reach 239 countries and territories or 99.6 percent of the global population.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is an agency of the Government of the United Kingdom that helps to improve road safety and law enforcement, collects vehicle registration fees and issues and renews driving licenses.
Every year the companies, agencies and departments of the UK Government issue thousands of requests for proposals (RFPs) to companies wishing to secure government contracts. This process is mostly paper-based with mail, faxes and traditional couriers being used to deliver important documents required to negotiate contracts.
Because this traditional paper-based RFP process makes it difficult for organizations to leverage their buying power among their supplier base—and requires significant administrative effort—Accenture's Government group began an eAuctions Program in June 2002 to educate UK public sector organizations about how they could use electronic reverse auctions, or eAuctions, to achieve savings and deliver value for money to the taxpayer.