Telecom has gone live in purchasing supplies over the Internet.
The company is using the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform, which has been deployed to 166 users in six locations across New Zealand.
US-based Ariba, which has an office in Melbourne, says Telecom's site is its first to go live in the Asia-Pacific region.
The procurement solution manages purchases from suppliers over the Internet.
Electronic catalogues from eight suppliers are available covering a wide range of commodities such as office supplies, promotional items, catering, cafe supplies, pre-printed business forms and office equipment consumables.
The solution, says Ariba, allows spend to be aggregated and directed to preferred suppliers for a claimed "considerable cost reduction" in Telecom's cost base.
All users subscribe to and purchase orders routed through Ariba's global B2B Commerce Service Network, which offers electronic invoicing with automatic reconciliation and payment.
Customised e-forms are also made available for requesting a credit for overcharges, replacement goods and closure of partially received orders.
Telecom commercial and deployment strategist Sarah Davies says the Ariba platform was fully integrated with Telecom's SAP, ERP and HMRS systems within three months.
Ariba Asia-Pacific managing director Rod Hill says the installation went smoothly due to step-by-step processes developed by the company.
Telecom plans to deploy an extra 2000 users across New Zealand throughout June and July, followed by a second wave in which an extra 12 suppliers will be brought online.