Simplify and control the purchase of non-sourced goods

What happens when your employees need those one-off or emergency purchases for which sourcing doesn't make sense? Finding and buying these spot buy items from a large number of suppliers can be costly and time consuming. What’s more, these non-sourced goods can account for as much as 15 percent of your company’s indirect spend.*

SAP Ariba Spot Buy, a capability within SAP Ariba procurement solutions, helps you get a handle on those purchases. You'll find that it's...

  • easy to quickly find and buy what you need, from among more than 10 million items
  • trusted source of supply from hundreds of pre-enabled suppliers
  • control, because you customize it according to your policies and procedures


How it works

SAP Ariba Spot Buy combines traditional business-to-business procurement controls with consumer-like purchasing convenience. Here’s how it works:

  1. Find: When an item cannot be found in the company catalog, users search the SAP Ariba Spot Buy catalog, filtering results by category, brand, and price.
  2. Approve: Configurable business rules and spot buy-specific workflow enforce corporate policies.
  3. Buy: Approved purchase requisitions trigger checkout, secure payment, and shipment of goods.

Now employees can easily find and buy the non-sourced goods they need. And with detailed data for monitoring and reconciling spot buy transactions, Procurement can finally bring non-sourced spend under management and better serve their internal customers.


Suppliers benefit, too

SAP Ariba Spot Buy ensures that suppliers can offer their goods when and where buyers need them. It provides suppliers with a sales channel through which they can not only boost sales to existing customers, but also generate new sales and gain additional market share. Listen to what an SAP Ariba supplier has to share by watching the video in the sidebar.


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* SAP Ariba estimate, based on “Using Technology to Streamline Tactical Sourcing” from The Hackett Group, Inc., April 29, 2013.

** The use of SAP Ariba Spot Buy is subject to regional availability.