More Features at E_procure & Supply 2008

e_procure & supply takes place again in Nürnberg on 7-8 May 2008, when purchasers and procurement decision-makers are expected from industry, trade, service sector and public administration. Not only the exhibiting companies offer new products for purchasing and electronic procurement; the supporting programme also gives the visiting professionals a definite information lead. The conference and even more features for SMEs that take place parallel to the exhibition are supplemented with other special events like the meeting of the BME1 South Regions and the BME Young Professionals. Public procurement forms a key theme block this year with the "Workshop on Future Public Purchasing" and the "Public Procurement Area".

Public bodies place orders in the order of magnitude of 250 to 300 billion euros a year in Germany alone. According to experts, the use of electronic procurement and contract-awarding solutions could save some 25 billion euros a year. The "High-tech Strategy for Germany" launched by the German government is also accompanied by efforts to achieve more innovation in public procurement. This is where the "3rd Workshop on Future Public Purchasing" comes in, which takes place at e_procure & supply 2008 on 8 May in cooperation with Wegweiser GmbH of Berlin.

The workshop is intended for management and staff of federal, state and local contract-awarding and procurement authorities, consultants, lawyers and companies and service providers offering products and services for public procurement. The latest e-awarding and e-procurement solutions for public administration are presented and examined in discussions and workshops chaired by Dr. Klaus von Dohnanyi. The aim is to prepare firm strategies for innovation-orientated procurement in the public sector.

The "3rd Workshop on Future Public Purchasing" is supported by the "Public Procurement Area" in hall 12, where companies present their solutions for public sector procurement. The conference and special show area are combined to form the "Public Purchasing" theme pavilion.

On 7 May 2008, Young Professionals who are members of BME are invited to obtain free information on the "Principles of electronic procurement from A to Z". The meeting is intended to give young members from the industry an overview of everything worth knowing about electronic procurement and also focuses on e-sourcing and desktop purchasing. The speaker is Michael Bertsch, proprietor of mibecon – Michael Bertsch Consulting e.K. of Kamp-Lintfort. The subsequent get-together will offer the young purchasers sufficient opportunity for a relaxed exchange of views with other young purchasers and practical experts.

The same applies to the meeting of the BME South Regions on the afternoon of 7 May 2008, when board members and members of the BME regions in South Germany are invited to use the opportunity at e_procure & supply for technical and personal dialogue with other members and cultivate their contacts in the industry. After this, the BME Nürnberg-Central Franconian Region invites members to an event on "Purchasing – Systems – Suppliers: Antagonists or Partners?". Horst Wiedmann, Vice President Corporate Purchasing & Logistics at ZF Friedrichshafen AG, will try to answer this interesting question, starting at 5 p.m.

With effect from 25 March 2008, e_procure & supply visitors have the opportunity for the first time to order their entrance tickets the easy way online and save time. All they need for this is a credit card and a printer for printing out the ticket conveniently at their desk. The e-ticket gives them fast admission to the exhibition, as they don't have to register and buy entrance tickets on arrival. The e-ticket service for e_procure & supply can be used at

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