BT is creating a Web site for businesses to order and pay for 'indirect' goods such as furniture, stationery, travel services, as well as computer hardware and software, from a variety of suppliers.
According to a spokesperson the site will be online in "a few months". BT will host the site to which it hopes to attract "hundreds" of vendors to sell their wares.
BT today signed a licensing deal with ecommerce specialist, Commerce One for its software. The spokesperson said the names of the suppliers of the so called indirect products will be announced in a few weeks. The supplies could be based anywhere in the world.
The site would enable individuals to fill in and authorise company requisition forms online and then send the order to the supplier electronically. Payment is also made online.
According to BT, the indirect goods market is estimated to be worth around $36 billion in the UK for office equipment alone.
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