Attempts to get the construction industry to agree on the use of e-auctions have broken down following CIPS’s withdrawal of support for major guidelines.
The CIPS team. lead by Billy Quinn. supply chain manager at Taylor Woodrow Construction. had been part of a working party set up by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) 18 months ago to determine the way forward for e-auctions in the sector.
But Quinn told SM that CIPS had backed away from the project after the CIC’s last-minute changes to the guidelines came down more negatively on e-auctions than the middle ground the institute had fought for.
The rift follows the Construction Products Association’s calls for the government to abandon e-auctions (see News. 8 January).
The guidance. Online Bidding: A CIC Briefing Note. is aimed at both those proposing to host an auction and at suppliers hoping to bid. It is to be sent to the CIC’s 250.000 member firms.