E-procurement and supply chain information management:

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Kampala International University, College of Economics and Management
This study was aimed at examining the relationship between E-procurement and supply chain information management. Its main objectives were to understand the applicability of eprocurement on supply chain information management; to assess the relevance of e-procurement on supply chain information management; to identify the challenges of e-procurement system on supply chain information management.The research used a survey design. A survey instrument was developed for achieving the objectives and answering the questions developed using data gathered from a review of current literature combined with in-depth case study with Joint Medical Stores in Uganda together with ten oftheir suppliers. The findings revealed that e-procurement is a new way of conducting business, and as with any other new application of technology, it presents both opportunities for improvement and potential problems. The information above translates to a 90% of the total employees, and 50% of the managers accepting that the company's procurement department has adopted new levels of E-procurement. After the analysis of the findings and conclusion it was recommended that Eprocurement activity requires government support in areas such as regulation, consumer protection, taxation procedure, licensing, security, privacy and other such legally-based instruments. To optimise these and other benefits, Joint Medical Stores should focus on overall supply chain information e-Procurement solutions. The researcher suggests that the most significant benefits gained (as opposed to predi~ted or expected) from e-Purchasing to date are improved management information, reduced cycle times and reduced transaction costs.In order to reap the benefits of e-Purchasing, purchasing and supply management professionals of Joint Medical Stores should ensure that they undertake appropriate training and ensure their skills, knowledge and competencies are continuously developed. Such skills relating to e-Purchasing include wider management skills such as those involved with change management. The study recommends that future researchers should assess the challenges of e-procurement and supply chain in developing countries like Uganda. The research also suggests that future researchers should look at necessary reforms in the e-procurement and business functions in order to utilize existing software platform and communication capabilities.
Report submitted to the faculty of Business and Management in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of a Bachelor's Degree of Business Administration (Procurement and logistics) of Kampala International University
E-procurement, Supply chain information management, Joint medical store (JMS), Uganda