Auction - Online Biddings - Use and Impact

Online biddings can be seen as one of the most successful business models based on web technology. Reverse auctions in procurement create new markets, increase transparency in pricing and objectify purchasing decisions.

But even in the context of classical public sales, online biddings will find an increasing interest. At the same time, modern IT solutions accelerate business processes and increase their efficiency in use. On the following pages you will learn, how to make auctions available to your business and gain competitive advantages.

In an online auction as a "reverse auction" suppliers (bidders) are in competition to each other. Usually the bidding is based on a pre-prepared supply contract with the buyer. The suppliers are allowed to bid on this contract in a specified period of time. In a closed bidding event, bidders are authorized by the purchaser or auctioneer. During the auction, the future price is set. Biddings generate for all involved parties a high transparency on the price levels.

Different auction setups can be choosen, depending on the actual situation in the market. Other specific modules, such as multi-auctions, partitioning into slots and variable extension strategies allow the customization of the auction set-ups on specific product and market situations. A standardized procedure and a safe application ensures high acceptance among the stakeholders, suppliers and buyers.

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Reverse auctions can be ssen as a successful concept of the early digitization of purchasing processes. Auctions in purchasing create new markets, increase transparency in pricing and objectivize purchasing decisions. But also in the context of classic bidding procedures auction platforms are indispensable.


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