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If your organisation has its own DLO, you probably have materials to manage and maybe van stock too. Handling these well potentially brings efficiencies and can reduce costs. Selection of a good partner who can work with you is essential, everyone is aware of the big four who operate in the sector, who can generally bring billing simplification and good value if pushed.
What can be done if an organisation works across a wide area or are very local or rurally based? The likes of TP, Grafton etc often locate facilities in urban concentrations, which can be problematic. There are ways of working with a small portfolio of material suppliers, without creating a whole mass of admin in the finance function.
Something many DLOs are looking at, is aggregating material purchases via credit cards. Barclaycard are putting a service together currently and this I believe this provides a pretty credible solution. Access is via secure VCF4 format and will require a secure FTP setup.
if you are a distributed set up, it's definitely worth a look. Get your applications software supplier on board. Obviously already proven implementations offer reassurance that your project should work well. If you are a pioneer, you may want to request a discount. Don't tell your supplier I suggested that however!
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