OT Group upgrades SmartPad

OT Group has announced the availability of the SmartPad 3.0, coinciding with SmartPad reaching its 10,000th account and 100,000 user milestone.

Features within the third platform iteration include custom print solutions, configurable furniture ordering, repeat deliveries, products chosen specifically for their CSR credentials, business intelligence for dynamic reporting, user-defined logins for the increasingly flexible workforce, and marketplace price benchmarking.

The tool is customisable with budget setting, approval rules, and cost centre management, to suit even the most complex of procurement frameworks.

Jason Stothard, OT Group’s Digital Director said, “We exist to eliminate barriers to our customers’ strategic growth, and three years ago, we knew we could better leverage the power of technology to ensure the supply chain worked harder. No existing platforms in the marketplace felt truly fit for purpose – particularly when it came to tail spend management – so we went back to the drawing board.

“We embarked on a roadmap to deliver a new procurement engine, with an ever-growing degree of functionality that would help our customers achieve greater efficiencies by simplifying, digitising, and automating procurement processes. The investment represented a huge commitment for us as a business – not least because of the wrap-around support provided in addition to fresh functionality.

“However, fast-forward to the end of 2021, and we’ve delivered this ambitious plan of schedule, so all eyes are now on what’s next. SmartPad is rapidly on its way to becoming the industry’s flagship product, and we will continue to advance our functionality so that it remains constantly fit for the supply chain of the future.”

Alongside new functionality, SmartPad recently benefitted from an interface refresh, to ensure the tool became as light touch as possible, for the user. It now contains more than 100,000 products from over 10,000 suppliers and can be integrated into customers’ ERP systems for wider business efficiencies.

Jason added, “people say the days of a ‘one-stop shop’ are over. But perhaps that’s only the case when an organisation hasn’t found the right partner. There are many advantages of sourcing everything in a single place – the ultimate shopping basket – if that supplier can uphold a consistent quality of product and service across the board.”

Future functionality looks set to include Euro currency ordering, enhanced delivery tracking, and extended product options for environmentally conscious procurement decisions.

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