Romtelecom, the main landline operator in Romania, organized 53 electronic bids for civil works in the territory in March, mainly for digging and canalization works. According to the acquisition process used by Romtelecom, 32 companies that met the business and technical conditions were invited to take part in the granting of the 53 civil works. The bids were split into corresponding groups for six regions in Romania.
The criteria to select the winners were the highest discount from the project budget granted for each of the civil works. The series of electronic bids lasted for seven working days and resulted into 20 percent savings from the total value of the project, amounting to several million euros. The electronic bids were carried out on the platform cosmoONE, an OTE group company that supplies electronic acquisition services in Greece and the Balkans.
“The organization of these bids confirmed through the results we obtained our choice to use new technologies such as electronic bids not just for acquiring materials but also services. Romtelecom has been using the electronic acquisitions services provided by CosmoONE for more than two years, with a growing rate not only of use but also of benefits,” said Mihaela Rancea, coordinating manager acquisitions & logistics at Romtelecom. The implementation of the electronic bids solution is part of Romtelecom’s strategy to increase the efficiency of internal processes and optimize operational costs. Last year, the number of Romtelecom’s revenue generating units increased by 4.4 percent compared to 2008, reaching a total of over 4.4 million. The company posted revenues of EUR 807.7 million in 2009, which represented a 7.2 percent fall from the previous year, and has about 9,500 employees.