All the latest news from GeM now available in this months GeM eNewsletter

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Jun 04, 2013

Welcome to the latest edition of the GeM eNewsletter. 

In this months edition, we have the latest news on suppliers and GeM enhancements, information on procurement cards and the new GeM team contact details

Using Procurement Cards on GeM

Purchase Card users can purchase goods and services directly through GeM using a procurement card.  This enables institutions to make greater savings, have clearer reporting and claw back higher rebates for institutions.  The system reports spend data right down to line item information making it open and easy to track.   The clear trail of financial information reduces the risk of fraud and makes it easy to track non-compliant spend.  

The Office of Government Commerce recognises procurement cards as an efficient element of the P2P process with an efficiency saving calculated at £28 per transaction.  The 2011-12 EMM report shows that institutions using a purchase card programme saved a staggering £13,659,296 during the year.

Read more about the benefits a procurement programme can bring to your institution 
 
Enhancing GeM for our users

This month we launched two enhancements which will make using GeM even easier for institutional users.  

The log in page has been simplified to direct users to the preferred log in method for their institution.  When visiting the log in page, the preferred access method will become the prominent for institution users.   To see the preferred access method for your institution visit the GeM log in page.   

Last week we launched an updated contract page which makes viewing contract information simpler and clearer for our users.  The new look page will ensure that you can easily locate contract and supplier information.  Visit the contracts page now to see this update.
 
Are the suppliers you want on GeM?

There are currently a number of approved framework agreement suppliers working with us to go live on the GeM eMarketplace. Suppliers in the pipeline include Lyreco, Onecalll, VWR International and RS Components to name just a few. Our supplier adoption team are now working in collaboration with institutions who are going to use the  eMarketplace to ensure that their preferred  suppliers are ready to receive orders.

To discuss supplier adoption for your institution in more details please contact our supplier adoption team on 0118 935 7078 or email supplieradoption@reading.ac.uk.  If you are interested in being kept up to date with  the suppliers we are currently working please contact  Kathryn Whittaker who will add your details to our monthly supplier update email.
 
Changes to how you contact the GeM team

As announced last month, Jisc Procureweb is being wound down as the team move to focus on GeM.  We now have a dedicated GeM support email address which is support@gem.ac.uk.  Please use this email address to contact us with your GeM questions.