Low web use for purchasing

3 Feb 00
Procurement in the public sector is 'laborious' and dominated by traditional payment methods, according to Public Finance readers.

04 February 2000

In the survey of 385 readers, 74% thought purchasing procedures were laborious, but only 0.5% used websites for procuring goods. This was possibly because of concerns over security on the Internet: 20% of respondents regarded the net as 'not secure at all'.

But the analysis, conducted by TBC Research on behalf of software provider JD Edwards, found that the public sector was taking e-commerce seriously. Nearly 50% of the sample said they saw e-commerce as a medium or high priority.

Unfortunately, their knowledge on government initiatives was not overly impressive. Only 23% knew that Alex Allan was the government's 'e-envoy', with 37% assuming that Patricia Hewitt holds the role.


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