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SAP Ariba, eBay partner on Spot Buy Australia, NZ launch

SAP Ariba has expanded its partnership with eBay Business Supply to launch its Spot Buy solution for managing non-contracted purchases in the Australian and New Zealand regional markets.

The launch follows what the company says were successful deployments across North America and Europe.

According to Tony Alvarez, general manager SAP Ariba Spot Buy, the offering promises to transform spot buying, “matching buyer demand with seller supply in an efficient digital marketplace to drive a simple, more transparent process that delivers savings to buyers and opportunities to sellers”.

“Spot buys are a huge category of indirect spend that is largely under-managed because companies lack effective tools to facilitate the time-sensitive supplier identification, qualification, and bidding involved,” Alvarez says. “SAP Ariba Spot Buy changes all of this.”

Alvarez says that, in joining forces to bring Spot Buy to Australia and New Zealand, SAP Ariba and eBay were creating an “innovative new channel through which small- and medium-sized selling organisations can open doors to opportunities that may previously have been closed to them”.

“Pairing SAP Ariba’s business network and cloud-based procurement applications with eBay Business Supply’s expansive catalogues for indirect goods, the solution combines the convenience of a consumer-like shopping experience with business controls, enabling even the most casual users to quickly find and immediately buy thousands of contracted and non-contracted items in accordance with their company’s procurement policies and procedures.”

Mark Bulgin, head of new business, eBay, said marketplaces had become a “disruptive force for B2B buying and selling”.

“Together, eBay Business Supply and SAP Ariba can deliver a unique solution that enables companies to buy the goods they need to power their businesses at competitive prices and delivery options, while also affording suppliers the opportunity to expand their reach among a significant global base of profitable customers.”

With SAP Ariba Spot Buy, SAP says companies can:

  • Find: If an item isn’t listed in a company’s catalogue, users can search the SAP Ariba Spot Buy catalogue – populated with more than one billion listings across over 20,000 categories to locate it.
  • Approve: Through configurable business rules and spot buy-specific workflow, purchases are automatically aligned with corporate policies and routed for approval.
  • Buy: Approved purchases trigger checkout, secure payment, and shipment of goods.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).