EDI-challenged buyers get a Web-based tool

EDI-challenged buyers get a Web-based tool

By William Jackson
GCN Staff

EC Web Technologies Inc.'s ECbuyer is a downloadable, Web-based procurement tool for government purchase card users and small procurement shops that do not have full electronic data interchange capabilities.

Agency buyers can download the scaled-down ECbuyer purchasing module from www.ecweb.net and use it to post solicitations on the Web site.

EC Web of McLean, Va., acts as a liaison, handling inbound and outbound translations to the EDI X12 standard.

The trading partners need to have only Web browsers, not EDI translation software.

The company streamlined the module for use with purchase cards in small transactions that do not have to be fully competed. Anyone authorized to make a government purchase can register to use the module.

A government buyer creates and posts a request for proposals or quotations. Qualified vendors then enter bids, which can be delivered directly to the buyer or sent to an evaluation module that will select a winner and forward the information to the buyer.

Vendors pay a small subscription fee for use of the site.

Government buyers pay up to $49,000 a year for an unlimited license for the full-service EC Web, or $700 a month for ECbuyer.

Contact EC Web Technologies at 703-893-8050.

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