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OutPurchase.com provides a full-service purchasing solution, including vendor and transaction management, for companies that have real business purchasing

product sourcing agents  this service provider the product and service categories that are currently under development to see whether they also promise value to your company. We note that one difference with the digital marketplace model for smaller companies is that OutPurchase.com will not provide an easy route to entering e-commerce as a supplier. A company planning to enter into e-commerce might choose to be a purchaser in whatever marketplace it becomes a supplier on, if only to understand the experiences of its customers.

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Recruitment and Staffing

Recruitment and Staffing functionality allows the user to select and hire the right people with the right skill sets, as well as track the information regarding their recruitment for later analysis. It covers criteria such as Organization Structures and Modeling, Corporate Branding, Sourcing, Applicant Tracking, Assessment and Selection, Governance and Compliance, Vendor Management Systems (VMS) Portal, Recruitment Analytics and Reporting, and Product Technology. 

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The Future for an E-sourcing Solutions Builder


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Compaq Streamlines Product Line


Compaq is simplifying its sometimes dizzying range of product offerings in its business desktop lines. This bodes well for their customers.

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