How An eProcurement Solution Saved Leggett & Platt Time-and Money

By IBT Inc

February 21, 2013

IBT, Supply Chain

When Kent Pratt wanted to make his purchasing process easier, he turned to IBT’s eProcurement Solution.

“IBT has always been very professional, very friendly—they do what they say they’ll do,” said Pratt, the Procurement Director of the U.S. Spring Division of Leggett & Platt, Inc. “That’s why when we decided to unify our procurement system eight years ago, we used IBT’s product website as the first punchout to our system.”

Instant Purchase Orders

Pratt oversees the procurement activity of 40+ domestic facilities at the company that manufactures bedsprings, boxsprings, and hardware for beds and recliners. Until eight years ago, he said that every branch did its own purchasing. After they got PeopleSoft, they were able to unify their procurement. That’s when they started using IBT’s eProcurement Solution and submitting electronic PO’s.

“It was a pretty smooth transition,” Pratt said. “We like the convenience the most. It’s so much easier than picking up a catalog and trying to get pricing and place an order.”

Access to Over 1 Million Parts

The integration with the IBT eProcurement Solution gives buyers access to real-time pricing and availability on over 1 million warehouse, operations, maintenance, and repair parts—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No more phone calls, faxes, or catalogs. The info is all right there at your fingertips, and the invoicing and PO’s are completely electronic.

IBT’s eProcurement Solution integrates with numerous procurement systems—including Oracle, SAP, PeopleSoft, Ketera, Hubwoo, and Ariba.

Automated Shopping Lists

Pratt said that what his team loves best is the automated shopping lists. His purchasing agents regularly reorder the same products—such as hydraulic hose and janitorial supplies.

“We love the automated shopping lists,” he said. “One of my buyers has her list set up with items like soap and toilet paper. She just picks what she wants and hits ‘reorder.’ We love that convenience.”

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