Before deploying SAP Ariba solutions, Flint Group had limited visibility into indirect spend.
Now, the guided buying capability allows their business users to quickly search for items they need and automatically directs them to the best vendor option. Multiple items can be purchased at once and there is no need to submit orders to an administrator. At the same time, every PO must be approved before payment is made. Not only does this help accounts payable track costs, it allows procurement teams to track spending behaviors, identify trends, and get control over maverick spend.
SAP Ariba solutions also make it easier for the company to work with suppliers, enabling Flint Group to establish a preferred supplier program and eliminate more than half of its tail-spend vendors. The Spot Buy capability lets buyers connect with suppliers across multiple marketplaces.