NC E-Procurement is a single, enterprise-wide, web-based E-Procurement system that offers electronic purchase order processing and enhanced administrative functions to buyers and suppliers, resulting in operational efficiencies, cost savings, and strategic procurement information.
NC E-Procurement provides an innovative, cost-saving, and efficient method of purchasing. NC E-Procurement allows over 150 government entities to aggregate their purchases to obtain better prices from suppliers. Electronic state term contract catalogs reduce the time to create a requisition by automatically pre-populating required information, including price. Additionally, NC E-Procurement allows greater visibility into statewide procurement information, allowing the State to negotiate better term contract savings.
State agencies, K-12 schools, community colleges, and local governments, including counties and municipalities, are able to participate. This provides great opportunities for leveraged purchasing and will enable small entities to obtain savings.
NC E-Procurement provides vendors with increased access to markets without additional supplier marketing efforts, a single point of access for a statewide audience of public sector buyers, including state agencies, public schools, institutions and hospitals, local governments, community colleges and more, a faster and more efficient method for quoting (eQuote), and increased order accuracy through receipt of electronic orders with a consistent purchase order format. Overall, NC E-Procurement can help vendors realize processing, marketing, and administrative cost savings.
There is a transaction fee of 1.75% on purchase orders issued through NC E-Procurement for goods only. This fee is applied once the supplier receives payment from a buying entity on an order issued. There is no registration fee or annual fee to participate.
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The transaction fee supports the development and ongoing operations of NC E-Procurement. These operations are comprised of development and execution of training required for both buyers and suppliers, and the ongoing maintenance and services needed to sustain NC E-Procurement.
In a collaborative effort, North Carolina's Department of Administration, the Office of the State Controller, and the Department of Information Technology sponsored the implementation of the NC E-Procurement purchasing system.