BarclaysB2B, the business to business arm of Barclays, is to use software from Atlanta-based Clarus Corporation to offer improved procurement and settlement facilities to customers.
The new software incorporates an e-tender solution which offers the latest reverse auction software, providing customers with a faster and more dynamic tender process, says the company. Additionally, a new hosted e-procurement offering provides private trading networks that enable buyers to streamline and integrate their procurement processes with internal systems.
Both solutions are based on Microsoft .NET technology and have previously been deployed in Europe at BBToptrade, the e-procurement network operated by Italy's BNL.
Alison Hutchinson, CEO BarclaysB2B, says: "We chose Clarus because of its open flexible architecture that will enable us to build-in value and services for our customers at a level appropriate to their needs."
BarclaysB2B clients include WS Atkins, Nisa-Today, and eCarDivision. Nisa-Today recently announced that 20 to 30 own-label categories will be sourced via BarclaysB2B by next summer, a big shift in its whole procurement strategy.