By Julie-Ann Garton
1st Jan 2015
We know that our members are keen to get the best possible value for money for their Institution and sometimes that means thinking outside of the box. Innovation and pushing the boundaries are essential to continuous improvement and delivering an effective procurement service to your Institution.
There is however a worrying practice that is taking place within a very small number of our member institutions, we have had reports from our suppliers that some members are running 'dutch auctions'. A dutch auction happens when a member takes one suppliers prices and asks a competitor to match or beat them. There are a number of problems and risks associated with this approach:
Please think twice before sharing confidential framework information with a competitor, in the long term you are doing a disservice to your institution and exposing them to criticism and risk of action from aggrieved framework suppliers.
We take this matter very seriously and we cannot allow membership to Institutions that demonstrate this unprofessional and high risk approach to our frameworks..
If you would like to discuss this article please contact Julie-Ann Garton on firstname.lastname@example.org