Group Procurement embracing the digital future with eSourcing

As part of the vision to continuously develop and improve their support for the business, Group Procurement spent two full days this week on a training course with Scanmarket, a key provider of eSourcing tools.

eSourcing comprises eRFx (eRequest for information/quotation/proposal) and eAuctions, which are an efficient, online negotiation process that creates transparency and compliance.

eSourcing is not new at DFDS. We started using the eSourcing platform Scanmarket in 2014, but until now, we have only used this way of buying and making tenders on an ad hoc basis. All this is about to change.

Breda Čok, Project Leader on this project, explains: “eAuctions are growing, and many big companies such as Mærsk and Novo Nordisk have been using this way of purchasing for many years realising savings that they wouldn’t otherwise have achieved. We have been lucky enough to talk to these companies and learn from them, which we can now utilise for our strategy execution and the roll-out at DFDS.”

With time Group Procurement expects that the eSourcing platform will enable them to become more responsive to business requirements. The administrative work will be much easier as a result of automation and a more structured approach and they will offer a greater transparency to their key stakeholders and to suppliers.

Valdemar Warburg, Group Transformation Officer, says: “This will be an ongoing project which is critical to our long-term strategy of digitising our core processes and to ensure efficiency throughout the group. In order for this to succeed, we will need full engagement and support from our stakeholders.”

The official kick-off date will be on 1 October, however use of eSourcing will gradually be extended as the team and stakeholders undergo training in how to use the system.

The Category Managers in Group Procurement will be responsible for informing their stakeholders about the new tool and how it can best be utilised in each category. If you would like to learn more about eSourcing and how this could benefit your business, feel free to contact any of the Category Managers in Group Procurement.


September 28, 2018