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OGC helps public sector get 41% discount on IT hardware

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) says 12 public sector organisations have used an electronic auction to achieve 41% savings on IT hardware.

OGC, which is the Treasury’s purchasing agency, says it saved the public sector organisation £2.7m on computer hardware through its latest e-auction.

The total starting price of the items discounted was £6.5m, but the seven-hour auction saw the cost reduced to £3.8m.

The public sector e-auction, one of a series, used "transformational" bidding, which saw suppliers' prices and qualitative evaluations taken into account.

Twelve organisations, including the Countess of Chester Hospitals Foundation Trust and the Procurement Agency for Essex, took part in the auction. Around 400 bids were received from seven suppliers during the auction.

The benefits of an e-auction include the involvement of small suppliers and reduced tendering costs for sellers and buyers, the OGC said.

 


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