Organisation - November 4, 2009

Procurement system mandatory in 2010

All purchases will have to be made through the Electronic Ordering System (EBS in Dutch) as of 1 January.

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The centralized procurement system will save Wageningen UR 12 million euros a year as bulk orders are relatively cheaper. Invoicing will also take place electronically, enabling links to the central accounts and the chemical registration system GROS. A major disadvantage is that one-off purchases are not yet in the catalogue and so will cost a lot of time. Currently, 56 percent of the purchase orders go through EBS. That has to increase to 100 percent in two months' time.

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