Digitalization and innovation in procurement

The further development of procurement is closely linked to digitalization and (partial) automation of processes based on a modern, networked IT landscape. The aim is to produce intuitive, digitalized and highly user-oriented end-to-end processes that provide guidance throughout. The user groups are internal customers from all Group companies, procurement suppliers and strategic and operational procurers.

We are currently digitalizing the subprocesses in our IT procurement suite so that it shows all procurement-related processes and documents. The focus is on guided procurement processes rather than SAP transactions, as well as a digital exchange of documents with suppliers rather than e-mails with attached PDFs.

The internal DB Marketplace procurement application is the core of the new IT procurement suite, to which we are constantly adding new functions. We have begun to connect all our suppliers digitally through the SAP Ariba Business Network; other parts of the cooperation with suppliers are focus points for development.

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