London fire authority installs e-procurement system

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has installed SSA’s Financial Management software in an upgrade aimed at improving its procurement and purchasing.

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has installed SSA’s Financial Management software in an upgrade aimed at improving its procurement and purchasing.

The authority, which covers 112 London fire stations, spends approximately £55m a year through its e-procurement system, generating around 80,000 requisitions and placing 45,000 orders with suppliers.

The package helps users make savings through improved pricing, faster and more accurate purchasing, tighter inventory control and real-time visibility of expenditure and purchasing patterns. It delivers auditable information which allows the fire authority to trace transactions back to 1987.

Derek Rushforth, the fire authority’s data administration manager, said, “We can tell you how many hosepipes we have used, or how often we need to replace our uniforms. Knowing up front the anticipated quantity you will require of any given item over a period of time allows you to negotiate much better prices.”

He added, “We are the first live user of this upgrade worldwide, and it only took four months to implement. We’ve seen improvements in security, general ledger enquiries and in the way we authorise our requests for expenditure.”

 

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